Vivid Trace TM Features

Intuitive Jira dependency graphs

Visualize issues and their relations from end to end. Vivid Trace accommodates any project structure and any degree of separation between issues. No matter what issue data you have and how its links are structured, you can finally see them all.

Visualize linked issues

Every issue detail page features a trace of itself. It's a quick debriefing of what the issue is waiting on upstream and what it affects downstream. No more clicking around with Jira's tunnel-vision Issue Links tables in a frustrating pursuit of dependencies — Vivid Trace gives you whole-picture intelligence on issue flow, without the stress.
Vivid Trace's advanced layout engine produces an accurate, faithful rendition of the underlying data, just as it exists in its natural graph-based world. Dozens of powerful algorithms work in concert to produce graphs that are simple to read and make sense of. The resulting graphs are space-efficient with just the information you design into them. And thanks to the advanced layout engine, you won't miss what's not there: No nervous jittering, no excess of line crossings or uneven distances between related objects. All this, so that you can see your data like never before.

Vivid Trace adapts to you

Vivid Trace doesn't constrain your processes; instead it adapts to your style and process fluidity. Divide and structure work according to your preferences, across teams, projects, and issue types, in any hierarchy or topology without limit. Integrate with Jira issue types and issue link types, as well as your custom types and those from numerous other vendors.

Tame information overload

Configurable trace settings help you cut though the overwhelming proliferation of Jira issues like trusty noise-reduction goggles. It gives you tactical focus on what is most important to you, reducing distraction and cognitive load.

Now you see it, now they don't

Select to whom traces are displayed and how on your project's issue detail pages, hiding traces from those who prefer not to see them.


The Trace Studio is a focal point for interactive tracing where you can design tracing configurations, run them, and produce reports. Run traces to search for whatever comes to mind, such as for dependencies and blockers, in- and out-of-project. Design trace configurations and share them with your teams to diffuse up-to-the-moment knowledge or periodically export reports. Accelerate time-to-delivery by re-running saved trace configurations on live data, even in large quantities. Export the trace results for inclusion in documents, reports, analyses, or certification submission packages. From curious exploration to preparing a set of trace configurations for an upcoming release, the Trace Studio is where everything traceability-related comes together.
Monitor action response to customer support requests. Participants at various points along an event chain can monitor and communicate progress, direction, and outcome while events unfold or after the fact. Particularly effective for customer support, ITIL, and help desk environments.

Change impact analysis

Conduct change impact analysis to objectively evaluate change requests up-front and understand their implications. Using the trace results, you can make data-based decisions on green-lighting proposals, thus containing threats to your budget, schedule, and stability of business operations.

Compliance assurance

Produce traceability reports for use as indication of compliance with contracts and industry regulations, or as a mandatory step for your products and services to achieve certification. These reports also serve as a key input to overseeing management of legal exposure.

Powerful JQL functions

Vivid Trace includes a comprehensive set of JQL functions for tracing issues along their issue link and parent/sub-task relationships. Thoroughly documented, the functions sport a straightforward and memorable syntax.

Export reports

We designed the Vivid Trace graphs to be simple to interpret so that you can use them to quickly explain situations to colleagues in any occupation. Export graphs in any of several formats that are perfect for sharing updates and embedding in documents.

Targeted traceability

Forward traceability

Map requirements to work products and their tests to confirm that the correct set of requirements are being developed into a correctly-functioning product.

Backward traceability

Tie code and architectural components back to their originating requirements. Understand raison d'être by tracing even further upstream to sources like marketing input, customer support requests, and stakeholder feedback.

Bidirectional traceability

Ensure that all requirements and defects are fully covered by the scheduled test cases in preparation for a QA quality gate.

Ground truth in real time

Maybe you are a development manager who, at any point in your development cycle, wants to see which requirements are approved, implemented, and tested, and which are still under development. Or maybe you are a Customer Success agent responding to a customer asking how much closer a fix for their bug report is to shipping. Vivid Trace can show you the ground truth, instantly.

Requirements management

Assess individual requirements

Objectively assess each requirement's evolution through design and work artifacts, on to implementation, validation, and deployment.

Report requirements satisfaction

Prove to yourself and your stakeholders that the end product is based on the requirements without costly omissions. Discover and report on linked work artifacts such as requirements, implementations, and tests during a development cycle or over an entire release.

Prevent late-cycle surprises

Guard against missed requirements and unrequested work artifacts from slipping into the deliverables. Compared to being on the receiving end of surprises after shipping, preventing surprises beforehand is definitely more satisfying.

Security, privacy, and stability at the core

Vivid Trace strictly enforces the security model of the host application (Atlassian Confluence, Jira), whether your system is stringently locked down and isolated from the Internet or is running in Public mode.

Security of application data and PII

Secure by default

All new security objects are created with security settings according to the Principal of Least Privilege. In practice, this means that when you create a new trace configuration, for example, it belongs to you and you alone, until you say otherwise.

Perfectly at home with network isolation

Built with the tightest security assumptions, Vivid Trace takes steps to conceal its network presence, perfect for behind-the-firewall and strictly isolated Jira installations. With the exception of the product documentation, the product is fully usable behind the firewall without ever needing to connect outside your zone of control.

Your data belongs to you

Vivid has some of the strongest customer protections in the industry encoded in our Data Security and Privacy notice. Vivid doesn't collect or share your personal data except when necessary and in conjunction with third parties to provide you with service that you request.

No telemetrics

We take your privacy seriously: There is no collection of telemetrics from you, no covert spying on you, no selling of your data.

Always on service — Out of sight operation

High quality software

Vivid Trace is manufactured with an unyieldingly high degree of engineering competence. Our product development discipline exacts heavy downward pressure on software defects and inefficient space/time constructs.

Performance at scale

With Atlassian Data Center qualification, Vivid Trace satisfies the high bar set by Atlassian regarding performance even at the largest installation scales so that you can deploy Vivid Trace with confidence. All trace computations are time- and space-bound, preventing run-away computations from straining your systems.

Upgrade when you are ready

The Vivid Trace release life cycle features long support time-horizons. Because patch releases only fix defects (and don't introduce any new features), you can more confidently roll out newer patch releases to your production environment with less time spent on sandbox testing.

Integrate with Atlassian Confluence

Illustrate the implementation, testing, and release of requirements with traces drawn from Jira in real time. Embed traces in your requirements documents managed in Confluence to keep everyone up-to-date on the current state of flow from specification to delivery.
Use Vivid Trace's relations JQL functions in the Jira issues macro to search for related issues and list them in Confluence pages. For example, you can use these functions to get the motivating customer feedback for the issues in the current Scrum sprint to be automatically listed up in the development cycle's Confluence page.