Compare JIRA vs. TFS

JIRA is ranked 1st in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 31 reviews while TFS which is ranked 3rd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 27 reviews. JIRA is rated 8.2, while TFS is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of JIRA writes "Helps us work in Agile and Scrum formats across multiple locations and time zones". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "Can Provide A Centralized Place To Store All Source Code And Build Information For Entire Organization". JIRA is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TFS and AgileCraft, whereas TFS is most compared with JIRA, Microsoft Azure DevOps and Micro Focus ALM. See our JIRA vs. TFS report.
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Pros
The most valuable feature is the Burndown Chart to see work that is outstanding.The most valuable features are the customized Dashboard, Sprint Planning, and Automatic Notifications.The most valuable feature is the full integration between Work management, Source code management, and Test Automation.The features that we find most valuable are the Workflow, Scrum workflow, and Dashboards.The most valuable feature is the flexibility of the configuration, being able to configure it to suit your own needs.This tool can be used anywhere and on any device.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.

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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.

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Cons
The reporting needs to be improved.This solution would be improved with the inclusion of integration with SVN, and auto-sync with the build release number.The hierarchy for Jira tickets is too flat.It would be very useful to have drag and drop time tracking.The plugin management needs a lot of work.The user interface and views on different devices should be improved.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.

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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.

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Licensing is on a monthly basis, and it is based on what you use.We feel that the product is a good value for the cost.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.

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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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Claudette SteynbergUser

We use both. It depends on your application and your budget.

For us, the Atlassian suite of tools required to do end-to-end ALM processing is very expensive (currency conversions also does not help). We, therefore, only use JIRA as an incident/support/planning tool.

We are a Microsoft partner and hence the VSTS/TFS tool suite is much more affordable to us. The visibility of this tool from backlog item to code, build test and released into production is amazing, but it lacks some of the basic admin capabilities that are well automated in JIRA e.g. as tasks are moved, the status of parent items/stories/epics are not automatically updated in VSTS. This adds a lot of admin overhead for product owners, scrum masters and team members.

If it weren’t for budget, the Atlassian suite will be my first choice. If you combine, JIRA, Bitbucket, and Bamboo you would get the same visibility.

We also use Confluence extensively as all our documentation are done Wiki style. We found SharePoint just becomes a repository and not a knowledge share platform.

Hope this helps!
Shout if you have questions.

13 March 18
Rene De VleeschauwerVendor

First of all Jira is not an ALM solution. Yes it is part of it, but his main task is issue mgt.

The corresponding TFS feature are TFS workitems.

For real ALM you need to start from requirements, dev environment , versioning, build, quality assurance and finally production.

If you are a pure Microsoft shop go for TFS, if not Jira might be a better choice (for issue tracking..)

13 March 18
Senior Manager of Infrastructure at a retailer with 10,001+ employeesReal User

Both products share a decent amount of market share. I prefer the use of TFS when conducting .NET development due to the ease of use with the Microsoft IDE. If this is the primary basis of the development effort - perfect. If on the other hand the development is spread across a variety of languages & technologies, or the development landscape is varied and primarily open, JIRA becomes the platform of choice. TFS seems great in small team settings, while JIRA seems more easily applied to large, distributed development teams.

19 March 18
Peter NtendeReal User

The best comparison would be Atlassian toolset Vs TFS. What is covered in TFS can be covered with the different Atlassian tool sets. The integration between the different Atlassian tools is quite seamless but you are not bound. Most tool sets provide an integration with Jira. For great automation I appreciate the Jira (Atlassian) ecosystem. There are several plugins that cover most needs. However other issues such as your current needs,skills, budget, company size and tools should be taken into consideration. And the best ROI is to get the free versions and try them out both can do the Job and even Microsoft shops developing with Visual Studio can easily integrate with Atlassian tools.

15 March 18
Anita WallVendor

Jira alone does not provide all the capabilities of an ALM; typically it will integrate with an ALM solution such as Zephyr or Micro Focus ALM in order to provide ALM-type capabilities, such as end-to-end governance and traceability of development/test assets.

Likewise, TFS (Team Foundation Server) also requires another component which is client-based called VSTS/Visual Studio Team Services to provide full ALM capabilities.

Usually, a choice for TFS is made when the development technology stack is based mainly on Microsoft, such as .NET. The Microsoft suite comprising .NET, TFS, and VSTS is an entire ecosystem that serves that technology stack very well. It is a licensed solution.

If the development technology stack is more diverse, e.g., includes Java, Python or other similar technologies, then a solution that includes Jira (which is open source) plus Micro Focus ALM or Zephyr (which are licensed) tends to be more popular. The integration of all the diverse technologies tends to be better with Jira.


Let me know if this helps, or requires more explanation.

14 March 18
MohammedIdaisReal User

Both are good, it depends on your operation and requirements.

1. Are you looking for flexibility interface? If so, JIRA is easier to use than TFS.

2. Are you looking for Reports Analytics? Again, JIRA is better than TFS.

15 March 18
Sven MatzenUser

Jira is a "great to integrate" part(!) of an ALM solution. VSTS (cloud) and TFS (on-prem) are much more complete because they already provide version control, work item management, reporting, continuous integration, continuous delivery, wiki, manual and automated test, ...
I would always prefer to use VSTS over TFS over Jira because VSTS does always include the newest features from VSTS/TFS, but both provide a much more complete solution than Jira and I don't want to spend my time to configure integration between different systems.
In the past (when working as a consultant), I migrated a Java-only-team to TFS and the only complaint was that the build system did not provide a way to see the output of maven in real-time ... this has been fixed some years ago.
One important aspect is the know how that is available on the team. If you have great know-how with using Jira and how to integrate it with other ALM parts, it might be a better solution to go that way. If you are new to both, I would recommend TFS/VSTS because you will have a more complete solution with seamless integration of all parts in a shorter time.

14 March 18
Juan-PerazaVendor

For complete ALM, I would consider MicroFocus ALM Octane? I have worked at a shop where I used and was an administrator of JIRA. As Rene stated, it's not an ALM solution. Take a look at this Octane demo - https://www.goconsensus.com/app/view/p/q33mf86w?autoplay=false

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JIRA has multiple deployment options to provide the flexibility your organization needs.

Cloud is a fully hosted service for customers who want to iterate quickly and have us take care of managing the infrastructure.

For customers who need to run our applications behind their firewall, we have Server and Data Center options. Server delivers greater capacity for a larger user base and gives you more control, allowing you to remain compliant with your enterprise IT, security, IP and privacy policies. For our largest customers, Data Center provides all the capability of our Server option, along with high availability, instant scalability and performance at scale.

Atlassian also offers premium support and strategic services for enterprise customers. Technical Account Managers are cross-functional technical advisors providing proactive planning and strategic guidance across your organization. Premier Support goes above and beyond our standard offerings to give you account-wide support from a team of senior support engineers.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft's application lifecycle management (ALM) solution. TFS supports agile development practices, multiple IDEs and platforms locally or in the cloud and gives you the tools you need to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT lifecycle.
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