Most project management tools have evolved from the core use case of Issue tracking. While they might be great for tracking issues and ad hoc work items, when it comes to product development, bug tracking is only a part of the equation.
3 key aspects make product/feature development different.
A big hurdle software teams face before they even write a line of code is bringing developers on the same page on what needs to be built. Simply creating isolated issues more confusion on what the requirements are, the scope of the feature, and even its intended use case.
The old way of manually linking items Git branch and updating progress is tiring. Especially when developers have to go out of their existing workflow to do it. This manual work creates outdated updates.
Handing off work from product to engineering teams is a pain. Developers get very little exposure to this valuable information that can help them build better software.
That's why we built Zepel as an alternative to JIRA.
Our approach to solving these three problems:
A document interface that lets you spec features in detail to communicate feature requirements and scope. Once spec’d, you can derive tasks, sub-tasks, bugs, and stories in the same document, which can be tracked on a Sprint or Kanban Board.
Your work happens in Git. So, we automatically track your progress and even create items, so you don’t have to do it manually. All you’ve got to do is link your GitHub, Bitbucket, or GitLab repository.
Zepel lets you collect requests from customers, internal teams, and other stakeholders from different channels — help desks, live chat, error tracking, and more. Once collected, you can merge, prioritize requests, and hand them off to the development team for execution.
We believe it's painfully hard for product teams to plan and ship features using JIRA and that's why we have created Zepel.
We are relaunching on Product Hunt today and would love your feedback. We can't wait for you to try it out. Let us know what you think! 🙏🏻