Agile Godzilla roars, Blueprint Storyteller for Jira

The rush to adopt, embrace and imbibe Agile (CAPS A) tools both inside and outside of software application development circles has never been greater. Aiming to stake a claim in this space is Blueprint Software with its set of management software products that claim to reduce error-prone functions inside IT organisations.

Latest to the table is Storyteller for Jira.

Jira is Atlassian’s project- and issue-tracking platform for development and technical support teams.

GEEK INTEREST NOTE: According to Atlassian, “We originally used Bugzilla for bug tracking and the developers in the office started calling it by the Japanese name for Godzilla, Gojira (the original black-and-white Japanese Godzilla films are also office favorites). As we developed our own bug tracker, and then it became an issue tracker, the name stuck, but the Go got dropped – hence JIRA!”

… anyhoo, back to Blueprint, the firm says that with this product, firms can ensure the successful delivery of Agile IT projects as users use so-called ‘process models’ to automatically generate ‘user stories’ and their ‘acceptance criteria’ and push them into Jira.

According to the firm, “Whether a company is in the midst of a transition to Agile or well on its way, Storyteller for Jira is a solution that helps disparate groups of employees across the organisation create consistent, high-quality user stories, acceptance criteria and tests, thus ensuring that business needs are appropriately addressed and Agile IT projects are accelerated.”

Users can now define familiar process flows, with tasks, decision points and detailed condition statements.

Stakeholders automatically generate user stories and acceptance criteria for the next sprint.

Ruth Zive, vice president of marketing, Blueprint Software, said: “Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile can cause many issues for organisations. A critical issue here is that business stakeholders and analysts don’t know how to write good user stories. Storyteller for JIRA solves this issue by creating a visual process that doesn’t rely on lengthy training or a wall full of sticky notes. With just a few clicks and easily answered questions, user stories are automatically generated, streamlining and accelerating the development process.”

A demonstration of Storyteller for Jira is available here.