[TIP] Looking for a decent issue tracking system

Yannick Gingras ygingras at ygingras.net
Thu Jun 18 07:46:27 PDT 2009

Greeting Python Testers, 
  the scope of my inquiry is a bit broader than just testing but since
testing is a major entry point for new issues, I assume that some of
you can help me find the tools that we are looking for.

We are looking for an issue tracker that deals well with iterative
development.  The ideal tool will automatically compute our velocity
and will automatically plan the next iteration given only priorities
for open issues.  One alternative is for the tool to let the project
manager plan the iteration by hand but to warn him if he puts in more
stuff that can fit in the iteration given the current team velocity.
We are also looking for a way to have sub-projects and sub-tickets
that can be looked at independently but that will be summed up together
when looking at the higher level road-map.

Trac offers some of these features with add-on modules but the
sub-project support is not very good.  Redmine has sub-project but the
way it is implemented makes it almost unusable for planing purpose
since versions can't be share between sub-projects.  Let me give you
an example.  If you implement the Frobnoz application than has both a
Data-Import and Billing sub system, the Redmine tickets for version
25.0.1 of the billing sub system won't show up in the Frobnoz road-map
since Redmine treats billing-25.0.1 and frobnoz-25.0.1 and two
completely unrelated software versions.

On the other hand, both Trac and Redmine are very good if you only use
them as bugtracker.  I'm sure that there is a tool out there that is
booth good at a bugtracker and as a feature planner.  Do you guys have
any recommendations?  Any of you using different tools for bugtracking
and for project planning?  Are there any combinations that plays well

Yannick Gingras
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