Jira is a good project management application for software development teams. With this Jira review, we show you if it suits your team or if its low price is enough to make wading through all the jargon worthwhile.
Features of Jira Software
Atlassian created Jira in order to manage the development of software. As a result, many of its features (like the language we’ll discuss later) are based on the Agile technique. Additionally, Jira will be useless if you don’t use scrum and kanban in your software studio.
On the other hand, specialization isn’t all bad, especially if you are the subject of it. There are many features in Jira that will help IT and services firms keep track of their projects, and they are effectively split out over four plans.
No-cost plan for Jira
In contrast to most other project management tools, Jira’s free version provides a complete set of functionalities. Jira has great bonuses with paid plans, but free users can keep track of their software projects for free. The tool is a great choice for small studios looking for an Agile-focused tool. The size of your firm matters, as this plan only allows for 10 users.
Users are able to track work in general as well as during sprints by using Kanban, Scrum, and roadmaps. There is also a backlog, which allows you to keep track of issues before incorporating them into your scrum. In addition, there are various sorts of scrum issues, such as those related to bug-tracking.
It is just one example of a duty that can be assigned to issues.
Jira is such a simple tool, task management is essentially all it is. The dashboard has a few interesting extras, such as a time-tracking tool (under the “issues” button) and some basic reporting options. Jira worked well, but we missed the advanced views of Monday.com and Wrike, which limited Jira’s utility.
Paid Plan Features
It is possible for small teams to go years without considering upgrading because the paid plans add a few specific features and increase the number of users. Standard plans offer more control over which team members can do what in Jira, as well as a security log showing who accessed the program. Moreover, instead of 2GB of file storage, you will receive 250GB.
With Jira Premium, IP allow listing and admin insights are added to the security feature, allowing you to track employee productivity. Additionally, you will also receive advanced roadmaps, which provide even greater flexibility when setting long-term objectives, as well as unlimited file storage. Cloud storage providers can’t compete with that.
As part of the Enterprise plan, you receive advanced roadmaps among other features.
Enterprise tier allows for even more advanced actions, primarily security-related. Jira is similar to Asana’s Enterprise plan in terms of fine-tuning access control, except Jira also allows you to choose where your data is stored, which can be useful.
You may want to consider upgrading, depending on the size and needs of your company. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each price below in our section on “price”. Jira upgrades are also more about granting access to as many people as possible than adding new features. Upgrades are rather inexpensive, too, so we think it’s a good idea.
The fact that Jira Software offers a large number of integrations is another major advantage. Jira’s strength comes in part from its many plug-ins, just like Trello’s (we discuss how the two can work together in our Jira vs Trello piece). There are some, however, for which you should prepare to pay.
You can find all kinds of third-party connectors on the Atlassian Marketplace, which is your one-stop shop for supplementary apps. Examples include Gantt charts, supplementary views (charts and the like), a bug-tracking tool, and other task management tools.
Generally, Jira’s pricing is affordable and transparent, but larger enterprises may find it a bit strange. Due to the arbitrary nature of the cost tiers for companies with more than 100 employees, the monthly plans in particular, this has occurred. We discuss Jira pricing in great detail in another article; in this review, we’re only going to establish a baseline.
Upgrades to Premium are $7 per month more for each user, so the total is $14 per month, though buying annually makes it even cheaper. Project managers or software developers who handle multiple projects in one day need the highest level of capabilities at this tier. It’s a steal for something of this tier.
It is admirable of Jira to offer these sophisticated features in Jira Premium while leaving all other features available in Jira free and Standard plans. We wish more competitors would follow Jira’s example. In Asana, some of its most useful features are only available in the most expensive plan (which costs $25).
Although we would have loved to provide you with some pricing information for the Enterprise subscription, the Jira sales staff failed to respond to our inquiry. Below, we would appreciate if you could provide a rough idea of how much Atlassian charges for the Enterprise solution.
Jira is very intuitive to use for both novices and veterans. You can easily navigate from board to function to code with the well-designed interface. Especially impressive are its tutorials, which will get those new to project management – or to working with software teams – up and running in no time.