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Jira Align is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Value Stream Management Software. It is most often compared to Planview LeanKit: Jira Align vs Planview LeanKit

What is Jira Align?

Jira Align connects your business strategy to technical execution.

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GK
Project Manager at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Useful customization, technical support responsive, scalable and reliable

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for schedule management and to do any updates on projects that we have had. I am a project manager and our organization put together a portfolio for each of us to have our own set of projects listed specifically under Jira that we had to provide regular daily updates for.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the ability to customize the entries and to update them quickly. Since the new version they released, we started utilizing the customization features to create specific codes and symbols for our teams that were not available before. For example, in team A each person had their own symbols and we had our own demarcation. When our project or task was completed, we had a code that we could enter online that let the main project managers know that it was time to remove it."
  • "One of the biggest issues I found in the new version was once we clicked on one of the tasks that were specifically for our group and went to look at the other portfolios in other areas we had to browse all the way back to the beginning. If you click the back button, it would not work, it stayed the same place. Additionally, if you click on page B, but then you wanted to go back to page A it would not go back to page A. You would have to browse back to the portfolio and then find your group again and open it. This was the only issue that I had with it and I am not sure if it is a Jira issue or it was because of the way the site was laid out."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is this is a good solution and if you have multiple teams as we did that require you to provide daily updates then it is the ideal choice. You can track every entry and you can see when it is inputted by a timestamp. If you have a lot of mission-critical or time-sensitive activities, Jira is good for tracking and helping to keep everything organized. This is an excellent solution and has great functionality. I rate Jira Align an eight out of ten.
KH
Systems Engineer at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Useful for earned value calculations, tracking tasks, and posting a schedule so that engineers can update their tasks

What is our primary use case?

We have a semi-detailed project plan, and our software groups break down design feature X into sub-tasks in Jira and assign estimates, resources, and due dates. Then they manage a sort of agile sprint. They'll look at task items within the next two weeks, and they track that at the beginning of that two-week sprint. At the end of the two-week sprint, they again see where they ended up. We have had people using it to do essentially earned value calculations. They look at what percentage of work has been completed by estimating the total work for a task or set of tasks, and then they track hours… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that engineers can access the Jira database and just search for the tasks that are assigned to them. They can then update the status on their own in those records that are assigned to them."
  • "There is no linkage between the Jira records and the overarching schedule. We maintain the overarching schedule in Microsoft Project, and there is no linkage back and forth with the Jira tasks. They are independent of each other."

What other advice do I have?

It is not a project management solution in itself. I would call it an adjunct tool to something like Microsoft Project. In Jira, I don't see a way to show project or task dependencies or even a high-level schedule layout. It is more for the individual tasks that are going to be done in the next two-week period, but the big picture of why you have to do those things in that two-week period is kind of missing. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. It is not perfect, but I also don't see any big problems with how we're using it.
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GK
Project Manager at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Workflows are scalable but can sometimes be complex to navigate

What is our primary use case?

I used Jira Align when I was working with CACI. We use Jira Align to build and manage workflows, which allows each team to understand their work.

Pros and Cons

  • "Jira Align helps us manage communication and tasks for a variety of teams without overlap."
  • "The workflows are scalable from portfolio to individual level but can sometimes be complex to navigate."
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