Jira Review

Flexible and very easy to set up but can get quite complex

What is our primary use case?

We have a service desk for customers. We have the whole flow from customer feedback throughout, committing with a relation in the code in Bitbucket.

We have the tracking and tracing, including all tracking of the issues all the way from the customer throughout the JIRA prioritization in backlogs and sprint planning and connecting those through the actual code commit in BItBucket. It's all done through JIRA to the service desk issue and back again to the customer. The entire ecosystem is quite connected.

What is most valuable?

The best features depend a bit on the project going on. We have some project managers for the Classic Project setup and all the features that come along with the Classic Projects. 

From my point of view, the NextGen Project in the cloud solution is really easy to start up with and it's quite flexible in how you put up columns and move issues and tickets throughout the status and columns that you put up. 

It's really flexible. From the Atlassian point of view, I can see they are moving towards more and more Next-Gen Project handling. The features from the Classical Projects are being continuously rolled out towards the Next-Gen Projects. Of course, there's still lots of ground to cover.

It's really smart how they connected these third-party vendors into their own marketplace. You can create and add apps. Anybody can do it. There's some approval function or a step via the Atlassian team to be able to actually endorse your apps throughout their marketplace. However, it's very smart to have collaboration between the company and third parties. Whatever functionality is lacking, there's most likely an app for it. 

I've seen some updates and subscriptions where you can get newsfeeds if you subscribe. They are focused on making the solution as responsive as possible. For instance, they have enabled some features called Project Archiving. If you're done with some project work, you could choose to archive everything related to it. Therefore, it won't be upfront taking resources from your solution, however, you'd still have access to it in the future.

What needs improvement?

Pretty much 70% - 80% of the Next-Gen Projects features are still to be developed. It's my understanding that the reason they started doing the Next-Gen and changing up the whole dual-end functionality is probably because of how heavy and big everything was getting. It had gotten pretty complex within the Classical Projects. 

It's quite time-consuming picking up the Classical Projects. They've gotten quite heavy and it's hard to use them in a productive way. There are just so many settings and possibilities. It's very complex and time-consuming, however, on the other hand, it's got everything you need in terms of functionality.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for a year and a half now. It hasn't been too long so far.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable. We haven't faced any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is quite scalable. They also allow you to archive old projects so that they don't take up space on your product, and that can help you scale. You might need a specific kind of subscription in order to archive, however.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't really have much experience with the technical support team at JIRA. I've been reading the community tickets mostly. Most of what I've been curious about, I've been able to find the answer myself via the community or the WIKI. 

You can communicate with other users, which is really smart. It allows you to discuss best practices effectively. At the same time, I would guess that some of the users there would be actual Atlassian employees that are commenting and guiding. Overall, the community space is quite helpful. Therefore, I haven't really had any issues or tickets or any need to connect with a technical team in Atlassian.

One of my colleagues actually had an issue when a new user was invited before he had opened his 365 email. He had not logged in to the email account. Therefore, when the invitation was sent from Atlassian or from JIRA, I can't remember exactly which module, but then there was feedback that this was not an active email account, which made Atlassian revoke the whole user. Then, when he actually logged into 365, he wasn't able to connect to JIRA due to the fact that the email had been marked as expired or not an active email. He sent the request to Atlassian and they opened up a ticket and everything was fine within a couple of hours. It was really quick. That I think is probably the only dialogue we've had with the technical support in Atlassian and it was pretty positive. I'd say overall we're quite satisfied with their level of support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup's level of complexity varies. If you use the Next-Gen Project, you can get it up and running in, I would say, five minutes. That part's quite easy.

You can also just subscribe and you can get the free version. I really like that kind of subscription that you can start with quite a few features available. You can get it started for up to five to 10 users without any cost. Then, when you start getting the ball rolling or the projects rolling, you have to actually insert your credit cards to both get features unlocked, and also to add more people to the projects and to the solution. 

If you want to, you can add on quite a lot of features and connect with the apps from the Atlassian marketplace. That's also a really nice possibility. You can just click, add apps and it takes about 30 seconds. Then you have added functionality injected to your solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would guess we are using the latest version of the solution as we're using the cloud solution. I'm guessing that it's continuously updated automatically.

I'd advise others to consider the solution. However, It depends on what they're trying to achieve. There are a lot of easier project management tools like Monday.com, for instance. It's a lot easier to get up and running.

If your vision is to become a larger software development company, monday.com might be something that is usable for project managers. However, it wouldn't be a good tool, at least how I've seen it, to connect everything together as we're able to do in the JIRA cloud with all the connecting apps. I would guess we would be able to integrate Monday to JIRA or something like that.

It's really easy to get JIRA connected to Confluence and Bitbucket and to have the service desk as well. That way, everything is in one place. Again, it depends, on based on where you're heading. If the company is looking for easy project management, there's a lot of tools that would be just as good as the JIRA. If you're looking to distributing the teams and connecting a whole ecosystem, then definitely JIRA is a good pick.

I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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