Top 5 Bug Tracking Tools: Features and Comparison

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A bug tracking system, also known as a defect tracking system, is considered to be a software application that helps to keep track of the reported software bugs in all the software development projects. Bug tracking tools are regarded as a type of issue tracking system.  It is kind of a computer program, used by the team of application support professionals, to keep track of the various issues that the software developers face. This blog reveals the most important bug tracking or project management tools and speaks about their beneficial aspects.

Unfuddle – It is a secure, defect tracking and project management solution. Developers can commit the source code. The look and feel is good and it is convenient and easy to use. The other features of this tool include:

  • Web-based Subversion access
  • Milestone tracking
  • Bug and issue management
  • Wiki

JIRA – It is a branded issue tracking product, developed by Atlassian, used for bug tracking and project management. Developers can commit the code. The other features of this tool include:

  • Code Integration
  • Project Tracking
  • Issues Tracking
  • Process (Software development workflow)
  • Planning (JIRA to help capture, assign, and prioritize their work)
  • Wiki

Salesforce  – It is a web-based project management and bug tracking system.  It is very effective for software quality assurance. The platform supports tasks planning, creates stories to track tasks, as well as various reports and statistics. The other features of this tool include:

  • Projects
  • Stories
  • Clone defects
  • Defect sharing
  • Kanban (Story-wise and project-wise), to help companies visualize the workflow, analyze and improve business processes and reduce waste.
  • Chatter
  • Defects
  • Burn Work Hours
  • Reports

Team Foundation Server (TFS) – It manages repositories, builds processes, tests infrastructures, and lab deployment, while, easily, collaborating and reporting status. Team Foundation Server supports, connects, collaborates and delivers on time. It is created to get more out of the development teams. Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 is the application lifecycle management hub for Visual Studio. It enables all stakeholders to participate in the development process, using a single solution. It is used to manage heterogeneous projects and teams, as well. The other features of this tool include:

  • Version Control
  • Agile Planning & Collaboration
  • Build
  • Test Case Management
  • Reporting

Axosoft – (formerly known as ‘OnTime’) It is a proprietary project management and bug tracking system, available for hosted or on-premises software. Project managers and developers are able to visualize each task, its requirement, defects and incidents, in the system, on individual filing cards, through the Scrum planning board. The other features of this tool include:

  • Bug tracking
  • Requirements management
  • Scrum planning board
  • Scrum burn down charts
  • Team wiki
  • Help desk/incident tracking
  • Workflow automation
  • Reporting
  • Data visualization
  • SCM integration

Feature Comparison

Table - Comparison of Bug Tracking Tool

Conclusion

The bug tracker system needs to be used rigorously and if you are not doing it then, probably, your time and effort go in vain. It is an essential task to produce great application. These dedicated bug tracking software tools track bugs and issues through each and every stage of the development process. Bug tracking tools, actually, help to keep the developers content and productive.

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Sanoj S

Sr. Test Engineer, RapidValue Solutions

 

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