Jira is a cost-effective project management application for software development teams. In this Jira review, we’ll show you whether it’s too specialized for your team or if the low price makes it worthwhile to wade through the lingo.
Jira — or Jira Software, if you ask Atlassian — was created as a software development management tool. That means it relies on the Agile technique for a lot of its language (which we’ll get to later) and many of its features. It also means that Jira won’t be very useful if you don’t run a software studio employing scrum and kanban.
Specialization, on the other hand, isn’t always a terrible thing, especially if you’re the object of that specialization. Jira has a lot of capabilities that will help IT and services firms keep track of their projects, and all of the Jira features are properly split out over four plans.
Jira’s No-Cost Plan
Jira’s free plan provides a full array of capabilities, unlike most project management tools. Paid plans come with some great bonuses, but Jira is free to use if all you want to do is keep track of your latest software project. It’s an excellent choice for small studios looking for an Agile-focused tool. It’s worth noting that the size of your firm matters, as this plan only allows for 10 users.
Scrum and Kanban boards, as well as roadmaps, are available to free users, allowing them to track work in general and during sprints. You also have a backlog, which allows you to keep track of issues before incorporating them into your scrum. You can also categorize scrum issues into several sorts, such as bug-tracking tasks.
Bug hunts are just one example of a duty that can be assigned to issues.
Because Jira is such a simple tool, that’s essentially all there is to task management. There are a few interesting extras, such as a time-tracking tool (under the “issues” button at the top of your dashboard) and some basic reporting options. When we tested Jira, we discovered that it worked well, but we missed the advanced views of monday.com or Wrike, which limited Jira’s utility.
Features of the Paid Plan
Small teams could go years without considering upgrading because the paid plans only add a few specific features and increase the number of allowed users. The Standard plan offers additional control over who can do what in Jira, as well as a security log that shows which team members accessed the program. In addition, instead of 2GB of file storage, you receive 250GB.
The Premium subscription adds IP allow listing and admin insights to the security feature, allowing you to know how productive employees are with Jira. You also get advanced roadmaps, which give you even more flexibility when it comes to setting long-term objectives, as well as unlimited file storage. Even the best cloud storage providers can’t match that.
The Enterprise plan comes with a variety of extras, such as advanced roadmaps.
The final tier, Enterprise, allows for even more high-level actions, the majority of which are security-related. This 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 housed, which can be useful.
Overall, depending on the size and needs of your company, you may want to consider upgrading. In our “price” section below, we go over the advantages and disadvantages in greater detail. However, as with Basecamp, Jira upgrades are more about granting access to as many people as possible rather than adding new capabilities. We think it’s an excellent idea, especially since upgrading is quite inexpensive.
Integrations with Jira
Jira Software’s support for a large number of integrations is another major advantage. A large part of Jira’s strength comes from the number of plug-ins you can add, just like with its sibling, Trello (we talk more about how the two play together in our Jira vs Trello piece). However, you should be aware that some of them need payment.
The Atlassian Marketplace, which is your one-stop shop for all kinds of handy supplementary apps, has all kinds of third-party connectors. Gantt charts, supplementary views (charts and the like), a bug-tracking tool, and other task management tools are examples.
Jira’s pricing is generally low and transparent, though things can become a little strange for larger enterprises. This is owing to the arbitrary nature of the cost tiers for firms with more than a hundred employees, with the monthly plans in particular. We go into great detail about this in our Jira pricing article; in this review, we’ll only establish a baseline.
The upgrade to Premium costs an additional $7 per user per month, for a total of $14 per user per month, though buying annually can reduce it even lower. This tier consists primarily of high-end capabilities needed by project managers who are juggling several projects or those who work on complex software development. For such a high tier, this is a steal.
Jira’s decision to place these sophisticated tasks in Premium while leaving all other features in the free and Standard plans is admirable, and we wish more of its competitors did the same. For example, Asana includes some of its most useful features only in its most expensive plan (which costs $25), requiring you to pay a significant amount of money to gain access.
We would have loved to provide you with some pricing information for the Enterprise subscription, but the Jira sales staff never responded to our inquiry. Please let us know if you have a rough idea of what Atlassian charges for the Enterprise solution in the comments section below.
Beginners and veterans alike will find Jira to be incredibly user friendly. The interface is well-designed, and you can easily move from board to function to code. We particularly like its tutorials, which should get newcomers to project management — or to working with software teams — up and running in minutes.