Atlassian, maker of software-development tools for Agile teams, has announced Bonfire 1.0, a new testing and reporting solution for Agile developers.
Atlassian has delivered Bonfire
1.0, a new Agile software-development tool that enables all players on a
software team to get involved and perform rapid-fire testing and reporting.
Bonfire 1.0 is a new agile testing tool that
enables users to quickly test their Web applications and report any bugs that
arise. Bonfire integrates with all major browsers to allow rapid capture of
comprehensive bug reports when testing Web applications.
Atlassian officials said in
today's agile software
development teams, the responsibility of quality rests with everyone on the
entire team. While quality-assurance engineers often provide comprehensive
testing, developers and managers alike also perform tests to detect bugs early
and frequently, which helps to accelerate the software-development lifecycle.
"Agile teams need a way
to test early and often, to be able to easily submit bugs and issues as they
arise, and to report on the status of the testing. That's where Bonfire comes
into play," Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO and co-founder of Atlassian, said in
a statement. "Bonfire makes it easy for everyone on an agile team to test
Indeed, Bonfire has four key
features for allowing teams to test early and often. Bonfire enables users to submit
bugs directly from the browser, add annotated screenshots with each bug, set up
test sessions to track activity against a requirement or user story, and create
bug report templates to pre-populate meta-data and repetitive content.
Moreover, users can access
Bonfire from within any of the major Internet browsers, test their
applications, and then submit a JIRA bug report without leaving their
screen. Bonfire integrates directly with Atlassian's JIRA bug, issue and
project tracking software.
Atlassian officials said
about two years ago, the company began to run a 20 percent time, modeled after
Google's program in which developers can take one day per week-or 20 percent of
their time-to work on whatever project they want, provided that it is related
somehow to Atlassian's products or markets. As a result of this strategy, one
of Atlassian's developers wrote what would become the company's newest product,
Bonfire, an agile software testing tool.
The tool became a hit
internally at Atlassian. And the company gained additional validation from its
customers when in the spring of 2011, Atlassian ran an 18-city road trip around
the world and presented the idea for Bonfire. Customers bit on it, and armed
with input from the customers on the road trip, Atlassian began its move to
The company demonstrated an
alpha version of Bonfire at its annual user conference, Atlassian Summit, June
7 and received a positive response from users. From there, additional
suggestions from customers were incorporated into the product, Atlassian
Bonfire is available for a
free 30-day evaluation at Atlassian's Website. Licenses can be purchased
starting at just $10 for 10 users, and are free for open source and nonprofits.
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