Atlassian ALM Overview

Atlassian ALM is the #16 ranked solution in our list of top Application Lifecycle Management Suites. It is most often compared to Polarion ALM: Atlassian ALM vs Polarion ALM

What is Atlassian ALM?

How to use Atlassian to manage application lifecycle

Atlassian builds software to pull together all the elements of application lifecycle management. Product management, developers, Q/A, dev ops, and business stake holders all have their own ways of interacting with application lifecycle management and Atlassian splits up the process into a few buckets.

1) Collaborate to plan and envision work

Atlassian's Confluence is a collaboration platform for building and driving consensus. Call stake holders in to give approval, comment on, and share pages and integrate with the rest of the development toolchain.

2) Build and track roadmaps

Atlassian's JIRA Software offers incredibly flexible project management with custom workflows, plugins, and high visibility rollups through JIRA Portfolio. Issues can be embedded right in confluence, or be used to kick off new branches in version control. Keep everyone on the same page with project progress. 

3) Track and deploy code

Atlassian's Bitbucket is the world's most robust Git solution. The ability to deploy multiple-nodes with failover, global mirroring for super fast clones, and powerful code review control set it apart from competition. Bitbucket also has a mature plugin and hooks system that allows extensions and connection to a suite of CI software. 

4) Support and Iterate

Track support requests, bugs, and route users in the right direction with JIRA Service Desk. With the same custom workflow engine as JIRA Software, a tight integration with the rest of the stack, and a knowledge base function make it a powerful addition to the ALM stack. 

5) Tie it together

ChatOps helps tie every part of the ALM together. Get stake holders in the same room to manage a project, teams in the same page to manage their work, or plugin automated members to report on CI status, pull requests, page changes in Confluence, or bug reports. Like every piece of Atlassian's ALM there is a mature API for extending plugins and everything can be hosted behind your own firewall. 

Buyer's Guide

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Atlassian ALM Customers
Facebook, NASA, Cisco, eBay, Redfin, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Gilt, CSIRO, Autodesk, The Daily Telegraph, CODE, Illumnia
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Senior Consultant IT Infrastructure at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
JIRA, Confluence, BitBucket and HipChat work well with each other.
Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Bitbucket's review interface is great. The interaction between the three products isn't extremely helpful.

What other advice do I have?

Bitbucket's great. Simplify how you use JIRA as much as you possibly can. Make sure you have a workflow that fits your organization and make sure the people in the organization understand the workflow.
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Chief Operating Officer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It's served us well to date, but starting to push the boundaries of what we can do with it. We like the flexibility, but there are real limitations in enterprise management.

What other advice do I have?

Atlassian is talking to me about starting to try and think about their products working together as I mentioned before. It's like an ALM-like stack. As a general purpose tool, JIRA and Confluence are still ahead of the competition. I'd say, your first decision is to try and figure out whether you can get away with using the Atlassian On-Demand versions of the products. If you can, go that route rather than hosting your own. Just get the thing up and running, get a few users, get one team on there, and get a couple of projects. Launch with an MVP of your Atlassian suite and then iterate. It's…