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It has an easy UI that can easily plug-in to every level.
Some of the features that are most important to me of JIRA Agile are the sprint planning, being able to write user stories and being able to use task management.
Reporting: It gives a nice report of my backlog and what my team has currently spent its efforts on.
It benefits us because we have globally located teams. Our team members work in different geographies, so the product is a better way to manage progress and see the status of different tasks
We can cope with processes easily without adapting the tool, but adapting the tool to processes.
The ability to change and rewrite tasks is valuable. You can add a lot of columns, change the owners and the change the components.
JQL, JIRA Query Language enables me to filter all the issues, display the items as I want.
It's very flexible. I can define workflows and custom fields and dependencies between issues and projects. And every project can have a custom configuration with my fields, my names for fields, my validations, and my workflows. It's very customizable.
It's an integrated system that includes all the information that we need to deliver our products smoothly and to track the progress of each piece of code.
From the project management perspective, the tool is efficiently managing teams by giving management information, such as reports, graphs, velocity, capacity, etc.
The biggest value-add is the solution integrates well with most Microsoft products.
Build definitions and releases within the product. allow us to put our latest applications in the field.
It has great functionality: work items, backlogs, source code, build releases, and it's easy to use.
Complete integration with VS IDE and Office tools: This give us a possibility of high-level automation, thus minimizing human error.
Version Control: TFS offers both the centralized “TFVC” version control technology as well as the distributed “Git” version control technology.
I like its MTM (Microsoft Test Manager) section which gives us options to create various test plans and add test cases into it.
The CACD solutions on JIRA has some plugins, but they are not easily understandable or workable.
I have had problems with performance and unresponsiveness. All of a sudden, the performance slowed down, and I had a number of users that could not use the tool.
JIRA still has their own backtracking tools. It should have a better visibility into HPE UFT. Most people use functional testing tools, like QTP. They need to improve their integration to make it seamless.
There is a difficulty viewing all the attachments because they are shown in one place. I would like attachments to be shown at the comment level.
Sometimes, it is slow and hangs. We faced some stability issues where JIRA was down for a day. Also, we have lost some of our comments made in the JIRA because of downtime.
There are no fields to search or to filter by, mainly the ones which use a data around a date and time when something changes.
I would like to see it connecting to Git. That could be useful. We use it for Stash, but I think there is one for Git also. I don't know if it's a plug-in that exists already, but that could be nice.
The following definitely need improvement: UI, speed, and mobile app functionality.
The dashboard needs more enhancements.
More options could be provided from the perspective of requirements management, which would help product owners to use the tool effectively.
Since it is Microsoft, it is technology agnostic, thus it does not really fit into various different technologies in the organization.
We are also using Microsoft Teams. The two products function separately. There is not enough collaboration between Microsoft Teams and TFS.
TFS on-premise does not support integration with SharePoint Online.
Not all of the functionality, which is exposed by the command line interface (tf.exe) is available in the Visual Studio GUI.
TFS and MTM have their own style of working and they are different from other tools like Jira or TestRail, which are simpler and easy to use.
Sometimes we feel that it need more CPU, and RAMs on TFS server, either we implemented the hardware with the product minimum requirements.
Pricing and Cost Advice
I understand JIRA is quite expensive.
It does not cost that much.
Almost everybody uses JIRA nowadays because it is the most cost-effective solution.
The licensing model is annoying. They nickel and dime you.
It is very cheap if you forego the local instance and stick to the cloud.
It is pretty expensive compared to other project management tools.
If running TFS on-premise is expensive, maybe you could consider moving to the Cloud and use the Visual Studio Team Services.
Use the Microsoft recommended “seat-based” licensing model. This allows a single developer with multiple machines to consume only one client license.
TFS is on the higher side, but if you intend to use the tool as a complete ALM tool, it will reduce your costs in the long run.
It's just as expensive as HPE ALM, without many of the features, best used for development tool only to avoid higher costs.
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