Maybe best known for providing the iridium phone service used by explorers and military personnel in the most remote places on Earth, Stratos Global is a technology leader in satellite communications.
More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and services to optimize their ability to communicate from anywhere on the planet. Stratos serves U.S. and international governments, first responders, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical and news media across seven continents and the world’s oceans. If you’re out at sea or at the North Pole and need to communicate, you call Stratos.
As an example, Stratos was recently the official provider of mobile satellite services to the Volvo Ocean Race, the elite sailing event known as the world’s longest and toughest. Stratos ensured that the racing organizers and crews remained in touch throughout the grueling 9-month marathon across 37,000 nautical miles.
Stratos is using Jama and its JIRA Connector to unite nine teams together for more efficient product development.
Recently Jama chatted with Cherine Day, an experienced business analyst at Stratos about how Jama helps her product development team succeed, and why the JIRA Connector for Jama is a valuable integration for her team. Here’s what she had to say.
“Our analysts work in Jama & developers work in JIRA. This integration will save us a tremendous amount of time.”Cherine Day, Business Analyst
What are the goals of the projects you’re managing within Jama?
The primary goal of using Jama is to house all requirements and test cases, along with all of the related correspondence, in one application. This is beneficial as it increases the communication with the business stakeholders as well as documents all the conversations regarding the business and functional requirements of the systems we’re building. Also, Jama acts as the test-case repository for the application being developed. All the test cases created for a release will become regression test cases for subsequent releases and can be tagged as such for all future releases.
What development process do you use?
We are currently using a hybrid of Agile and Iterative processes.
What’s the biggest challenge you and your organization face in managing this process?
Our biggest challenge is documentation on both sides – business and technical. We needed the ability to keep up with testing as well as managing requirements at the same time because the role of the business analyst in our organization encompasses quality control.
What were you using before Jama to manage requirements?
Like a lot of companies, we were just using spreadsheets and email. It wasn’t fun.
Why did you choose Jama? How will it help you be more successful?
Jama has definitely increased the efficiency of the business analyst role. Having all of our requirements housed under one application where they can be easily assessed for level of effort (LOE), classified and tagged for releases is a huge benefit. Jama has stepped up the communication between IT and the business. It’s empowered our business stakeholders to determine the priorities and see the progress. This new level of transparency is really the biggest gain!
How will the JIRA Connector for Jama help your team?
Our analysts work in Jama and our developers use JIRA for task management and issue tracking. This integration will save us a tremendous amount of time and ensure our entire organization is in sync on the latest scope and status of what we’re building.
For more information about Stratos Global, please visit www.stratosglobal.com.