Bugs · Software tools

What are your current favorite tools for bug tracking?

Ellen Raynor

April 14th, 2015

What bug tracking tool would you currently recommend for a team that has outgrown managing bugs with google spreadsheets, but has limited budget, and limited time to configure a system?

The ability to screenshot a feedback report using HockeyApp is great, but difficult to manage.

It would be nice if we could manage our sprint stories in the tool as well. We have not been happy with sprint.ly or planscope.io.

Anthony Zeoli Digital Strategy and WordPress Consultant and Trainer

April 14th, 2015

Also, if you're planning sprints, I would look into JIRA w/ Grasshopper. A great system for agile project/product management.

Paul Travis Multifaceted Online Executor: Product Marketing to Program Mgmt. to Business Development

April 15th, 2015

Ellen, I've been happy with http://BugHerd.com .

Amir Yasin Developer, Architect

April 14th, 2015

Try Trello. It's very simple to use and it's free until you grow fairly large. 

Perri Gorman Founder of Archively & UnrollMe

April 14th, 2015

You can use pivotal tracker or set up an issues repo in github. We do both.

Mark Travis Product Management Advisor | Speaker | Strategist

April 15th, 2015

I highly recommend Assembla It has issue tracking, story tracking, and you can set up a code repository using git or svn architectures. Just point the developer tools to it. You can track code commits against stories and issues. 

I've used Rally, which is good, but it didn't include the code repository function. One person on the team where we used Rally really liked Pivotal Tracker the best, but Rally was a political decision. (Though not a bad decision)

Stefan Gomez Entrepreneur, Engineer & Product Builder

April 14th, 2015

We use GitHub Issues. In combination with waffle.io, you have a complete scrum workflow. It's free and super easy to manage. Have used Trac and Fogbugz in the past and as long as you have someone to keep it organized those can work well too.

Lastly, default (and custom) integrations with slack has greatly reduced dependence on emails for so much of these tools!


April 17th, 2015

Below are 2 recommendations

1. Trello --> Simple, easy for anyone including business professionals. Some manual steps required to promote a bug to fix to deploy.
2. Pivotal Tracker --> A bit tedious, but will help with developer productivity, validation, etc.

I strongly recommend against using  Visual Studio.

Josh Fischer Building B2B eCommerce Solutions

April 17th, 2015

Our team has been using Redmine for years. It's not as pretty as some of the new tools, but it's reliable and intuitive. 

Karl Schulmeisters Founder ExStreamVR

April 15th, 2015

Visual Studio Online.   Not sure given that MSFT is giving away Bizspark access to Visual Studio for startups that anyone would even start with tracking them in Google Spreadsheets.   

Your team is going to be (or should be) developing in Eclipse or Visual Studio.  So your code should reside in either GitHub or Visual Studio Online - regardless of the platform you will be executing the code on.

Both GitHub and Visual Studio Online have Agile, Scrum and Waterfall workflows built in.

Personally I am a great fan of Visual Studio but I understand that this is more of a 'what you grew up with' issue.   But it is a great mistake not to be using a source code repository with formal check in and out requirements even for small projects.  Why?  Because you need a way to roll back to a known good state... always

Karl Schulmeisters Founder ExStreamVR

April 15th, 2015

why would any startup (except for some esoteric security focused ones)  self host anything when you can get those services free online?