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On-Line Project Management Tools Review - JIRA Studio 

 

I have used JIRA in the past and have found it an excellent tool for tracking:  Issues, Risks, Bug Tracking, and Scope Changes.   It integrates for Gmail, you can set it up that for certain issues, the required people are emailed so nothing is missed.

It is created around a team-centric view, so collaboration is easy and well laid out.

 

Some of it’s more notable features are:

 Subversion source control 
* JIRA issue tracking 
* Agile planning and project management 
* Continuous integration 
* Wiki and collaboration 
* Peer code review 
* Source code search, browsing and metrics 

Integration with Google Apps

* Activity Bar: put issues, code reviews, build results, email, events at the fingertips of every user. 
* Google Chat within JIRA Studio: real-time communication and build notifications. 
* Google Docs in wiki pages: embed individual docs or lists of docs. 
* Google Docs attached to JIRA issues: attach Google Docs to JIRA issues, with single-click preview. 
* Exchange gadgets: add Google gadgets to JIRA Studio, and JIRA Studio gadgets to Gmail or Google Sites. 
* Integrated user management: auto-login to JIRA Studio using your Google Apps account.

I love this application the only disappointing part is the cost of using it via Google Apps.

 

At s $25/month per user,  for even a small team the costs can add up quickly, this app is far more affordable if you purchase it and install it on your own servers and run it locally.  A shame because for me part of the attractions to the Google Apps market place is that Software publishers can afford to bring their prices down due to extra volume they receive by participating in the marketplace.

 

 

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