Resource Planning in Jira: Top 7 apps on the Marketplace

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January 27, 2020

Resource Planning in Jira: Top 7 apps on the Marketplace

We can’t deny that there is a huge number of different planning applications which flow to the niche market and make a potential customer kind of.. confused. But some things are unchangeable – Jira is a leader in the software development sphere and helps thousands of companies to optimize working process and build cooperation paths.

Jira also provides business templates for non-technical and creative teams, wide functionality at different tastes.

And the last thing like a cherry on the pie – Jira’s integration with other applications which broadens functionality of this platform and allows users to customize Jira according to their preferences with the help of Jira add – ons.

If you got lost in the ocean of plugins, you are welcome to  check our list of the most popular planning add-ons for Jira :

  1. Portfolio

  2. ActivityTimeline

  3. Structure – Project Management at Scale 

  4. Big Picture

  5. Easy Agile User Story Maps 

  6. Tempo Planner  

  7. BigGantt

All of them are available on the Atlassian Marketplace.

Let’s proceed with a comprehensive overview of Jira planning plugins all of which were developed by Atlassian’s Top Vendors.

1. Portfolio for Jira

Again, judging by the name, it’s obvious that application provides great planning and tracking facilities. Roadmap with intuitive timeline allows you to see all of the ongoing tasks, available teams and create different what – if scenarios.

Customize your planning environment in order to make it more comfortable. Strict deadline control due to real time with responding to potential risks and changes.

Build custom Portfolio hierarchy level and track progress with pleasure.

Hosting options: Cloud & Server

Instances: 10, 300 for February, 2020

Pricing: Cloud – starting from 3.5$ per user/month  

Server – starting from 1430$ per 25 users/year 
Discover more information on Atlassian Marketplace

2. Activity Timeline

Resource and capacity planning as it is. This plugin perfectly fits not only agile teams(sprints and story points at your service), but also non – technical businesses.

Timesheeting, workload and availability reporting under single hood. Great visualization of all assignments and workloads on an intuitive timeline. Enjoy a cross-project view for shared resources.  

Assign tasks immediately from the dashboard and split tasks between multiple assignees. Track your projects’ and teams’ progress, deadlines, observe everything on the scalable dashboard. Track logged work of team members.

Customisation at all levels – create different events, assign skills and positions to your users, track sick leaves and vacations.  Application provides a personal cabinet for employees with their own workspace and tasks.

Full synchronisation with Jira and integration with external calendars.

Hosting options: Cloud & Server

Instances: 10,571  for February, 2020

Pricing: Cloud – starting from 2.5$ per user/month  

Server – starting from 590$ per 25 users/year 

Discover more information on Atlassian Marketplace: Cloud / Server

3. Structure – Project Management at Scale

This plugin helps users to structure the issues-hierarchy, offers grouping, filtering and its own S-JQL – special search language for advanced searching inside the Structure.

Receive visualization of aggregated progress and values on all levels. Track teams’ workloads and their success on specific projects and tasks. If you prefer working with gantt charts, you won’t find them in this add-on, as its creators  developed separate app – Structure.Gantt, an extension to Structure for Jira.

Structure is suitable for both Agile and Waterfall teams.

Hosting options: Cloud & Server

Instances: 6,849 for February, 2020

Pricing: Cloud – starting from 1$ per user/month  

Server – starting from 600$ per 25 users/year 

Discover more information on Atlassian Marketplace

4. BigPicture

As it comes out of the name, this add-on gives you a comprehensive picture of everything concerning your projects, with a possibility to plan and visualize future operations successfully.  Application provides well-organized Gantt-charts, which allow users to organize tasks and customize view.

Cross  – project management isn’t a headache anymore, as BigPicture gives representation of multiple projects in one place as well as a possibility to make dependencies between them.

Three modules reflect the following:

  • Risk Matrix determine and manage risks
  • Roadmap for your agile needs
  • Resources view for task allocation and more.

Hosting options: Cloud & Server

Instances: 8, 480 for February, 2020

Pricing: Cloud – starting from 2.8$ per user/month  

Server – starting from 600$ per 25 users/year 

Discover more information on Atlassian Marketplace

5. Easy Agile User Story Maps for Jira

Fast and simple story maps which help to visualize your backlog. Application provides accurate sprint statistics, gives an overview of teams’ success and a clear understanding whether everything will be delivered on time.

Prioritize stories by value to the customer with drag and drop function, enjoy iInline edit of estimates and story summaries as well as smooth version planning. Make your story mapping outstanding.

Hosting options: Cloud & Server

Instances: 3,304  for February, 2020

Pricing: Cloud – starting from 2.8$ per user/month  

Server – starting from 700$ per 25 users/year 

Discover more information on Atlassian Marketplace

6. Tempo Planner

Planner is designed for resource management and project planning. Base future operations on resource availability and workload, get a detailed view of team capacity in real time in order not to over allocate team members.

Assign tasks to employees who can also plan the day directly from the planner. Manage vacations and other events and estimate future resource needs.

Hosting options: Cloud & Server

Instances: 6,856 for February, 2020

Pricing: Cloud – starting from 1.75 $ per user/month  

Server – starting from 600$ per 25 users/year 

Discover more information on Atlassian Marketplace

7. BigGantt

 

For fans of gantt charts we present specialised add – on for Jira. It was developed by the same company as previously mentioned BigPicture but this app is simplified and has its own specifics – it makes issues and projects visible on one chart and timeline with progress and deadlines.

Custom markers for analysis, adjustable scope and issue dependencies – all for comfortable visualization.Resource management – capacity and allocation are also there.

One more plus – full integration with Jira agile (sprints, epics).

Hosting options: Cloud & Server

Instances: 6,909 for February, 2020

Pricing: Cloud – starting from 1.25$ per user/month  

Server – starting from  400$ per 25 users/year 

Discover more information on Atlassian Marketplace

 

Before discovering useful add – ons for Jira, you must take into account a couple of key factors and analyze them:

  1. Main objective
    • which pains and needs do you have? Decide for yourself which functionality do you need : portfolio scheduling, roadmaps, timelines, gantt charts, issue hierarchies, resource/capacity management and tracking, or timesheets? Prioritize everything.
  2. Deployment
    • some applications don’t have multiple options, and some have both server and cloud variants. Don’t miss that.
  3. Cost
    • one of the main factors, for sure. Carefully plan your budget and make a choice which will suit this formula : price = quality. Remember that the most expensive doesn’t mean the best, and vice versa, the cheapest one may turn into the less beneficial, but it also depends on your needs.

The most reliable way is to test every possible option, start Trials, test some use cases and functionality, even ask qualified professionals about things which you don’t understand but want to know more about them.

You are welcome to check all of the aforementioned project management Jira plugins and decide which one is the most suitable for you… By the way, all of them offer free 30-day trial for new users, don’t miss a chance!

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