What is JIRA?
JIRA is a proprietary issue tracking product, developed by Atlassian, commonly used for bug tracking, issue tracking, and project management. The product name, JIRA, is not an acronym but rather a truncation of “Gojira”, the Japanese name for Godzilla. It has been developed since 2004.
Who uses JIRA?
JIRA is used for issue tracking and project management by over 14,500 organisations in 122 countries around the globe — across Fortune 1000, public enterprise, science and technology sectors.
Core Features of JIRA
Bugs are an inevitable part of software development for every team—large or small. We believe your bug tracker should be simple and intuitive without sacrificing functionality or forcing you to change the way you work. JIRA makes bug tracking personalised and painless, so your team focuses energy on what matters most: great code.
- Bug tracking
Simple and flexible defect tracking integrated with your source code and development environment to fit the way you work.
- Project tracking
Manage all of your projects in one place to focus on the task at hand without ever losing sight of the big picture.
- Software development
After version control, JIRA is the single most important application at the centre of your development team.
- OpenSocial Dashboards
Use OpenSocial gadgets to personalise your view of JIRA and share it with the world using applications like Confluence, iGoogle and more.
- Custom Workflow
Simple and effective workflow is available out-of-the-box and customisable it to fit each of your team’s processes.
- Reports and analysis
Generate reports on the fly using JIRA Query Language (JQL), the most advanced searching capability of any issue tracker.
- Plugins and extensions
Customise and extend JIRA for your specific needs. Choose from over 150 plugins and extensions, or build your own.
Atlassian provides JIRA for free to open source projects, and organizations that are non-profit, non-government, non-academic, non-commercial, non-political, and secular. For commercial customers, the full source code is available under a developer source license. You can get it from JIRA’s Site.
JIRA provides issue tracking and project tracking for software development teams to improve code quality and the speed of development. Combining a clean, fast interface for capturing and organising issues with customisable workflows, OpenSocial dashboards and a pluggable integration framework, JIRA is the perfect fit at the centre of your development team.