SpiraPlan is fully integrated into your developers' IDEs, allowing them to view and manage their assigned requirements, tasks and incidents in the same environment that they write code. SpiraPlan has add-ins currently available for Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse (using the Mylyn task-based interface).
One of the challenges facing organizations today is the need to reduce the number of disparate systems and interfaces that people have to use to manage their software lifecycles. With SpiraPlan, organizations can migrate away from old fashioned, stove-piped separate requirements, quality assurance, software testing, project management and bug tracking systems into an integrated web-based lifecycle management system.
Such a seamless web-based environment provides a superb interface for business analysts, testers, managers and executives. However, developers responsible for developing the software code typically need to work in powerful IDEs that are appropriate to the type of the software being developed. Therefore, to maximize efficiency and improve productivity, developers can now access their SpiraPlan information directly within their existing IDE.
The SpiraPlan Add-In for Visual Studio snaps into the existing Solution Explorer, adding a SpiraPlan project explorer that displays the assigned requirements, tasks and incidents as well as your contact list. You can open up any of the artifacts in your web browser of choice directly from the project explorer.
In addition, there is a useful option to copy the SpiraPlan artifact token into the clipboard, for easy pasting into Version Control commits or descriptions.
SpiraPlan includes a plugin for the JetBrains family of IDEs for different languages, including: IntelliJ, IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm, PyCharm, RubyMine, AppCode, CLion, Gogland, DataGrip, Rider, and Android Studio.
Clicking on any requirement, task or incident will open up additional information in the bottom of the tool window. Clicking the title in this additional information panel will open the relevant item in SpiraPlan in your default browser.
In addition, the JetBrains IDE plugin will let you create new tasks and requirements, and raise new issues using a convenient option within the IDE:
For Eclipse users, we have used the Mylyn task-focused interface to deliver SpiraPlan information directly into the Mylyn task repository so that using SpiraPlan is as familiar as any other part of the Eclipse environment.
The SpiraPlan connector for Eclipse Mylyn includes queries that display the assigned requirements, tasks and incidents. You can open up any of the artifacts in the main viewing pane and act on them accordingly.
By double-clicking an artifact in the task list, you can open the details for the item in the main tabbed-document view. All the details screens are very similar and use the native Mylyn fields wherever possible:
All of the fields closely match the fields as they appear in SpiraPlan’s interface. The buttons at the top let you Submit changes the item, Refresh the details, and view the item in the browser if you so wish. Incident screens also have the Workflow steps as a custom Mylyn task section so that you can move incidents through the SpiraPlan workflow. Once you make changes to the artifact, changes are saved to the server when the “Submit” button is clicked.
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