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Jira vs TFS


What is Jira?

Developed by Atlassian, the Jira tool is a project and bug tracking tool that is used for both project planning and issue management. Initially released in 2002, Jira is available both as a cloud-based SaaS service and a commercial licensed tool. Developed using Java, Jira can also facilitate team collaboration and individual task delivery.

How does Jira work? For each assigned project-related task, you can open an issue Jira tickets that include the task description and can track the progress of the task. In addition to project and bug tracking, the Jira tool is now used within Agile and Scrum teams to provide work transparency and time-tracking capabilities.

What is TFS?

Developed by Microsoft, Team Foundation Server (or TFS) is an open-source code management tool that is widely used for Microsoft .NET development. This ALM tool from Microsoft provides diverse capabilities including work item management, Waterfall or Scrum-based project planning, version control, along deploying and testing features. Initially released in 2005, TFS is available as a SaaS product along with commercial licenses.

With the acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft, TFS also supports source code control along with software builds that enable continuous development and deployment. Like Jira, Microsoft TFS also supports Agile development particularly among Microsoft customers already having licensed products.

Jira Vs TFS: Key Difference

Next, let us look at the 5 key differences between the Jira and TFS tools with regards to the following points:

Management Modules

On its part, Jira supports multiple management modules including ALM, issue tracking and management, software development, and customer service.

On the other hand, Microsoft TFS supports source code management, version control, ALM, issue tracking, and software development. Additionally, project management is facilitated through its synchronization with Microsoft Project tools.


Thanks to the use of the Jira Query Language (or JQL), Jira has simplified reporting by tracking every task and issue in the ongoing project. JQL enables you to easily filter the issues and generate the required report.

On its part, Microsoft TFS can also generate reports easily by filtering team tasks, issues, and backlogs. TFS also allows you to generate pre-configured reports that are an essential part of the MS SQL Server reporting services.

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