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MaheshNattanmai
Sr Project Manager at ITM LLC
Real User
Streamlines the process of managing our projects, brings transparency, and is lightweight and easy to use

Pros and Cons

  • "Overall, it is very intuitive. It is so lightweight and easy to use. It is easy to manage our product backlog and user stories, and it produces great reports."
  • "It is not capturing the number of hours for which each person has worked on certain things. We use many add-ons to let resources enter the time in the user story itself. We use an add-on called Tempo, but it is kind of a lousy add-on. It is not straightforward. Rather than helping us, it creates a lot of confusion. So, instead of looking out for the additional add-on, I would prefer to have the timesheet entered as a part of Jira itself. They are anyways capturing every information they could for each user story, and then we are able to break down all the task lists. For each task, we're also assigning a resource. So, while we're doing it, why can't they allow the users to enter the time that can be created as a report? Right now, we need to acquire the add-on, and the add-on is not great. It is not helping. The add-on is also not free."

What is our primary use case?

I use it to manage my scrum projects and some of the Kanban projects.

In terms of version, they have been updating it every three weeks. It is a kind of a sprint that they do, just like Google Chrome. So, there is no going back and forth. We use a cloud-based application. So, it is always the updated one.

The type of cloud depends on the client. I've been through all kinds of situations: completely public, semi-public, and private. If it is a public cloud, then it is directly from Atlassian. They are providing it. So, there is no middleware.

How has it helped my organization?

It definitely streamlined the process of managing the projects. Earlier, we had a system scattered all over the place. We had information in Excel, Microsoft Project, and some of the other applications that we have, but now, we have everything in Jira itself. So, we create user stories and groom the product backlog. We have kept everything in Jira. It is our single source for project information that anyone can go to. So, we could see a lot of transparency with Jira.

What is most valuable?

Overall, it is very intuitive. It is so lightweight and easy to use. It is easy to manage our product backlog and user stories, and it produces great reports.

What needs improvement?

It is good for single projects, but if you have to manage the portfolio level of the projects, they have a few add-ons that we need to buy and integrate. They can improve this part to manage it in a better way.

It is not capturing the number of hours for which each person has worked on certain things. We use many add-ons to let resources enter the time in the user story itself. We use an add-on called Tempo, but it is kind of a lousy add-on. It is not straightforward. Rather than helping us, it creates a lot of confusion. So, instead of looking out for the additional add-on, I would prefer to have the timesheet entered as a part of Jira itself. They are anyways capturing every information they could for each user story, and then we are able to break down all the task lists. For each task, we're also assigning a resource. So, while we're doing it, why can't they allow the users to enter the time that can be created as a report? Right now, we need to acquire the add-on, and the add-on is not great. It is not helping. The add-on is also not free.

There could also be some additional reports.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Jira for seven to eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, it is very good. It is very lightweight. I have used other enterprise-level products to manage the same kind of scrum and Kanban projects and other projects. Other products have many enterprise-level features, but they're very slow and kind of hard to manage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a cloud-based one, so I don't see much difficulty in scaling it. If you want to go from 100 users to 200 users, you will be able to do it without much hassle.

I've been doing a lot of consulting. So, I've seen from five users to the entire organization with more than 500 people using it.

How are customer service and support?

I did contact them through email and discussion forums. I had a limited opportunity to work with them. So, I don't know much about their support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Jira is a kind of the last one I settled on. Before that, I have used products such as Rally and VersionOne. These two are enterprise-level scrum and Kanban tools that are similar to Jira. 

I have also used Asana and Trello. Trello is lightweight, but I wouldn't call it equivalent to Jira. Jira has many features that not many solutions have. 

How was the initial setup?

Most of the time, we are working with the cloud-based one. So, we don't have to set up everything. It is all there. You just buy a monthly subscription package. The workflow configuration, however, would be a bit difficult while you're trying to set it up. In addition, if you have to go down to the permission level, it is a bit different.

What other advice do I have?

Workflow-wise, you need to plan well because once you configure it, you cannot often change a workflow. For each project, the workflow might be different. You might have a development team, a QA team, a configuration team, and a deployment team. When you start a task, you just need to make sure you are covering everyone. In terms of the workflow, you should know what would happen if someone is not there, and what are you going to do. So, you need to make sure that you are covering those things. Other than that, you need to know how much you are going to take care of the hierarchical level permissions. These are two primary things, and then, later on, you can relabel quite a lot of things in terms of how you're using the backlog product and user stories.

I would rate Jira an eight out of 10.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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DD
Director of Collaborative Delivery at a engineering company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Feature-rich, adapts well to different product environments, scales well, and is stable

Pros and Cons

  • "monday.com is easy to set up."
  • "They could offer more packages. There seems to be a gap in price between package offers. One has as much as a $30 difference."

What is our primary use case?

We work in construction for an architectural firm. We do the design, and construction in an agile management system.

What is most valuable?

monday.com is easy to set up.

It is more user-friendly than others and it adapts well to different project delivery environments.

It really offers us all the tools that we need to cover the design and construction bases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with monday.com for a month, but I also worked with it two years ago, for six or seven months for a specific project.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

monday.com appears to be stable. To date, we have not had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

monday.com is a scalable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support. I have reached out to the marketing team and researched on Youtube. I am really impressed.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with Asana, and have tested it on pretrials.

I have been working with Asana for three weeks. It was a bit more difficult for me to set up.

When I was trying to set it up, it was a bit more complicated, the screens were not as nice as the screens on Monday, and they are not as adaptable on monday.com. I put it aside.

In terms of pricing, Asana was the most expensive product of all.

Their free trial version doesn't give you many options, it does give you options, but not enough. There are just enough to get you interested. Once you decide on the options that you need, the price goes up quickly.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy.

I viewed some tutorials on YouTube and the tutorials were very easy to find and well done.

I am recommending it to my owners because it was really easy to setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In terms of pricing, it is not the cheapest.

They could offer more packages. There seems to be a gap in price between package offers. One has as much as a $30 difference.

Fees are paid monthly per user.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate monday.com a nine out of ten.

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