JIRA Software

JIRA Software

Project & Issue Tracking Software - See why we're #1!

4.3/5 (5412 reviews)

JIRA Software Overview

With JIRA, there's no shortage of ways to stay in the loop. Whether you prefer to receive updates via email, chat, or by checking in on your mobile device, JIRA has you covered. At your desk or on the go with the new mobile interface, JIRA helps your team get the job done.

Issues are everywhere: Tasks, ideas, and requests are hiding in documents, people's heads, and deep in your inbox. Use JIRA to capture and organize your team's issues, prioritize and take action on what's important, and stay up to date with what's going on around you. JIRA makes all of this easy, so your team can spend less time managing the work and more time building great software.

Work the way you want: Your process is at the heart of everything you do. Don't shoehorn your team's work into the default workflow defined by your project tracker. JIRA has workflows to match your existing processes, that you can easily adapt as your team evolves. Use the tool that fits your team, don't change your team to fit your tool.

Productive, powerful planning: Teams that need to be effective and efficient choose JIRA to help them capture, assign, and prioritize their work. Ensure that everyone on your team knows exactly what needs to be done when, then watch the job get done flawlessly. And when you add the power of agile to JIRA – with the JIRA Agile add-on – you can even plan agile sprints!

Collaborate easily: On any team, it's important that people can easily share information and reach out for help when they need it. JIRA's simple, intuitive interface allows you to collaborate with teammates and get the job done more efficiently. If you think that's awesome, you'll love it even more when you combine JIRA's @mentions and assignment features with the power of Confluence and HipChat.

Visibility at the speed of light: Watch the issues that are most important to you, monitor activity streams, and share information with powerful dashboards, wallboards, and more. With JIRA, you'll always know what's going on.

Collect, service, and report: With JIRA Service Desk, the JIRA platform becomes a modern, flexible service desk experience that streamlines customer requests and boosts your IT team's efficiency.

Agile project management: These days, just keeping track of your work isn't enough – you've got to be agile. JIRA Agile adds agile project management to the power of JIRA.

Pricing

Starting from
$10/month
Pricing options
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Subscription
Value for money

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, India, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, English, French and 7 others, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

JIRA Software Reviews

Overall rating
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Expensive but extremely effective for project management

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 1/11/2019
Review Source: Capterra

In a few words JIRA is a task tracking software that makes life easier when working on a project.

Once the initial setup is in place (easy to do for common scenarios ) all is left for an administrator is to manage the list of projects and user accounts.
Note that parts of the process (e.g.: customizing workflows) need to be done up-front, since this will become more complex once one or more projects are configured and in-use

As for usability, it is one of the best tracking systems I've ever used: as a developer/QA you can easily update the status of your work in a user-friendly way. As a manager, you can always get the overview you need by just opening a screen or a report (most of what you need is in place by default)

What's best about it is that as long as it is installed on-premises, it can be used as a central point of information for everyone involved with a project. The fact that it can be integrated with other common software industry tools adds further benefit from this.

In the end, I should probably add that I've been using all kinds of bug tracking systems for about 15 years (starting with ancient tools like redmine going through PivotalTracker or VersionOne or JIRA) and almost all of them were either missing features that I deemed important or "spartan" usage/layouts that constraint the usage.
JIRA just provides everything that's needed in completing a project out-of-the-box (whether it's Agile, Waterfall or Kanban or whatnot)

Pros

- Overviews & quick access to information
- Possibility to integrate with most commonly used systems (it integrates with pretty much all mainstream tools, nut just the ones from Atlassian) - you can integrate it even with continuous integration tools or test management tools (e.g. TestRails)
- Security control (everything is fine grained, tools to configure fine-grain access are already integrated
- Comes out of the box with the most common work scenarios (client onside/offsite, development only/development + product management, etc)
- Reporting (easy to extract the things that matter (whether this is worked hours or development velocity)
- Version management (easy to manage what features are grouped in a release, or what fixtures were done for which version)
- Workflows can be customized to match just about any real-life usage scenario
- Allows for both on-premises (self-hosted) installation and cloud usage.
- Configurable dashboards

Cons

- Pricing - it is prohibitively expensive for small companies, although they are making steps to minimize this with the new pricing models (e.g.: a few years ago they started allowing up to 5 accounts per project and unlimited projects, for a fixed yearly fee).

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
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A very powerful task tracking system

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/21/2018
Review Source: Capterra

JIRA is easy to use and great for managing work tasks on a project, however customization options are often only available to admins.

Pros

Our company uses JIRA to manage work tasks. It has all the important features for assigning work to team members, tracking how long each task takes, notifications, capturing comments and hours worked. The tools allows for the flexibility to create your own JIRA ticket types or categories, with any kind of number of input fields. Data fields may be dropdown boxes, tags, values, or free text. Fields inherently have the ability to recognize hyperlinks and add those in once you type out a link, and it also recognizes JIRA links, such that if you enter a JIRA ID tag, it automatically creates a hyperlink to that JIRA entry. JIRA supports Agile development schemes and tickets could be easily tracked through a JIRA Dashboard. JIRA filters are also easy to use. You may use the basic query that provides you with simple dropdown fields for common elements, or you can create more advanced queries using JQL.

Cons

Being a JIRA user can be limiting as you only have the ability to enter data for the fields that are currently configured. You have to go through IT or the admins for any form of customization such as adding/removing/hiding fields, setting what kind of text format is in each field (e.g. plain text vs rich text) and modifying which fields are required vs optional. When you have rich text formatting, sometimes it can be frustrating getting the text to show up the way you want. The workaround for this would be to use the Text tab instead of the Visual tab so that you can modify the formatting tags.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
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Flexible, powerful, simple to use and grows as you go

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 11/24/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Jira surprised me as coming across simple yet being incredibly powerful and versatile. It is a full blown Ticket and workflow management tool and it might be too much for small or personal projects. However, not being required to change the ticket system when the company or the team scales or are faced with types of tasks you did not expect is simply fantastic. Keeping software simple, easy to use yet increase its versatility and power is a virtue and Jira is build upon this virtue with care and vision

Pros

Jira is clean and it is simple yet powerful. You can use it for your basic ticket workflows from the get go and expand as you grow or the tasks you wisch to cover branch out. It is easy to customize the ticket views to contain the information you want to use and avoid cluttering. The Workflow editor is one of the most powerful I came across in all my professional career. It might not seem so much of an importance but believe me, when your business grows unexpected necessities will arise and you will suddenly be required to track tasks you never though about. Jira will have you covered and allow you to add different task types which traverse task-type specific phases and have corresponding stati. Also you have all the world of notification and responsibility tracking ping-pong covered as you go. Two further things are woth mentioning: First the Atlassian World (the Wiki Confluence and build system Bamboo and many other products) integrate flawlessly and it actually really makes using them fun. Jira is one of the tools, that make you smile when you are required to use it no matter the task to track, its jus smooth, convenient and above and beyond provides a rich ecosystem for free and commercial plugins even for rather exotic use cases.
Also, the license Model behind it scales fantastically. When we introduced it we were a small company with 8 people (we are now going strong towards the 200) and it was critical to keep cost for our tools reasonable. Jira got us covered.

Cons

When we scaled, the License was not as flexible in higher user tiers as it was in the lower ones. Also once upon a time an update went wrong and we had to invest a bucketload of time and brain power to get everything back up to speed. We did run jira on premise and hat some custom plugins so there might be some of the tripwires: In case you use plugins they must be available in the version you wish to upgrade to and this might require some research prior to updates. Also, you can make a science out of the workflow and notification configuration. In case it is not documented well when you do it it might get you into trouble.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
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Collaboration Platform

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 11/19/2018
Review Source: Capterra

We are able to use JIRA to create, collaborate, test and deploy promos and emails for my company. I am able to see conversations and other notes from people I don't normally interact with, which can be really helpful in understanding issues that arise or other notes that may have been left out of conversation elsewhere. It's a great tool for us.

Pros

I work for a large clothing retailer that often runs promotional coupons and sends out emails to customers. JIRA houses all of the collaboration for our company in creating and testing these promos and emails. What I like is that everyone, from the communications team to the Quality Assurance Team to the IT troubleshooting team can be in one place to resolve issues quickly.

I love that there is the ability to tag other users and quickly get attention to issues that need a fast turnaround (emails and promos are often made within 48 hours from creation to launch). I also really like attaching 'sub-tasks' to a main project; This keeps organization a priority without having to search for every related task associated with a project. Related to this is the ability to attach documents right to any project/task for easy download.

You can save searches and filters to your home page. For example, I have a filter for viewing only email projects, and another for promotional information. Once you get results, you can sort by title, date updated and a few other categories.

Cons

At first glance, the layout is a bit overwhelming. You have a giant list of projects, and the search doesn't always bring up what you are looking for. It takes a bit of time to learn how to navigate. I would probably like to see 'tags,' or additional ways to categorize a project so that you can search for it through a few more parameters. For my needs, this isn't too important because of the short lifespan of emails and promos. But I could see other applications needing something like that.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
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Managin Technical Projects The Right Way

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 11/19/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

JIRA has lots of features and functionalities than can take time to master. From most project management applications' perspective, JIRA is one of the most complex to master. But it truly is the most complete in terms of offering development teams all the tools they need. This means that trying to run a fairly large and complex enterprise environment on JIRA might need the addition of a JIRA administrator to keep things organized.

Pros

JIRA offers true Agile support for managing technical projects. Initially developed by developers for developers, JIRA is a powerful tool that captures more than just the project management aspect of any development project.

JIRA offers a complete suite of issue tracking throughout the development life cycle. Starting with the backlog and planning, JIRA lets you layout your entire project across as many iterations (Sprints) as necessary. It provides ease of tracking the project progress and offers a host of tools for collaboration such as commenting threads. Projects and their projects can also be tracked across releases, with its release management capabilities, and provide comprehensive reports on performance and progress.

JIRA is extremely flexible and offers pre-set templates across all functionalities, and allows you to modify them as neededto fit your team and organization's needs. Unlike some products with rigidity built into them, JIRA allows you to define how your team works.

JIRA has a vast number of integrations and add-ons to further enhance its capabilities.

Cons

JIRA is very powerful and very detailed. So much so, that some users often find it quite cumbersome if their development environments are not complex. Essentially, JIRA fits beautifully in any environment, but is extremely robust for enterprise environments, making it perceptively complex in small simple projects.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

JIRA Software Pricing

Starting from
$10/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

JIRA Software offers flexible pricing.

Small teams: $10/month for up to 10 users
Growing teams: $7 per user/month for 11-100 users

JIRA Software Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting
  • Prioritizing
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Projections
  • Third Party Integration

  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Gantt Charts
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Tracking
  • Timesheets

Additional information for JIRA Software

Key features of JIRA Software

  • 1000's of Add-ons
  • @mentions
  • API
  • API availability
  • Action management
  • Active directory integration
  • Activity dashboard
  • Activity tracking
  • Agile development
  • Agile reporting
  • Assignment management
  • Automatic notifications
  • Burndown charts
  • Burndown/burnup charts
  • Categorizing
  • Charting
  • Code integration
  • Collaboration tools
  • Commenting
  • Communication management
  • Completion tracking
  • Configurable workflow
  • Cumulative flow diagrams
  • Custom filters
  • Custom reports
  • Customizable scrum boards
  • Customizable workflows
  • Development tracking
  • Dynamic workflow
  • Estimating
  • Filtered views
  • Forecasting
  • GitHub integration
  • IT / software projects
  • Issue management
  • Issue tracking
  • JIRA's query language (JQL)
  • Kanban boards
  • Mobile apps
  • Monitoring
  • OnDemand or hosted
  • OpenSocial gadgets
  • Planning tools
  • Portfolio management
  • Prioritizing
  • Progress tracking
  • Project time tracking
  • Project workflow
  • Projections
  • Real time reporting
  • Release management
  • Reporting & statistics
  • Roadmap planning
  • Search functionality
  • Service desk management
  • Sprint planning
  • Sprint reports
  • Status reporting
  • Team management
  • Third party integration
  • Traceability
  • Velocity charts
  • Version reports
  • Visual timeline

Benefits

  • Agile at Scale
    Scrum and Kanban improve project success and deliver value iteratively. JIRA and JIRA Agile scale Agile across your organization. JIRA also integrates with GitHub to link issues to commits.

  • Industry Leading Workflow Engine
    Don't let your issue tracking software dictate your process. With JIRA's workflow engine you can easily build the process that fits your team.

  • Polished User Experience
    Create, update, and work through issues using a fast and intuitive web interface with lightning-quick keyboard shortcuts.

  • Flexible Dashboards
    Create a personalized view of JIRA. Share dashboards to track project status, create custom reports, and monitor team wallboards.

  • Powerful Searching and Reporting
    Use JIRA's Query Language (JQL) with simple autocomplete to build advanced queries. Create a personalized view of JIRA and share dashboards to track project status, create custom reports, and monitor team progress with wallboards.

  • Deployment Options
    Simple Windows and Linux installers are available for an OnPremise solution, or you can get started hassle-free with JIRA OnDemand. Easily switch between OnPremise or OnDemand as your organization evolves.

  • Integrate with Everything
    Get more from JIRA with flexible REST and Java APIs – plus over 600 plugins and add-ons in the Atlassian Marketplace– to connect with the applications and tools you use every day.

  • GetApp Analysis

    JIRA is a cross platform issue and bug tracking software with advanced project management capabilities and features. JIRA is suitable for any company size and is extremely valuable to all collaborating teams, stakeholders and project managers. JIRA helps your team share information and engage others seamlessly, display issues on agile boards with custom agile workflows, enforce kanban work in progress limits and check their efficiency planning and assign members with certain tasks, work together with colleagues using joint-editing tools and monitor the team’s progress and updates of each task.

    Moreover, JIRA boasts a feature-rich service desk implementation that allows each department to collect customer requests instantly, and arrange them in priority queues that improve the productivity of the team and happiness of customers. Additionally, JIRA offers advanced source code integration along with a huge set of add-ons that can be conveniently found in Atlassian’s Marketplace.

    JIRA's main dashboard.

    What is JIRA Software?

    JIRA brings a team’s resources and knowledge assets under the same collaborating platform. This makes the team more efficient and minimizes the employees’ efforts to complete simple every day tasks. Complex activities that require the participation of personnel from different departments is easier when everyone uses JIRA.

    The agile project management features in JIRA offer a first-class opportunity for supervisors and managers to locate roadblocks that undermine the overall productivity of the team and take focused action and identify areas for improvement.

    Search filters can prove very useful.

    JIRA Software Main Features

    Mobile Application

    JIRA’s value and usability are greatly enhanced through its mobile platforms. Whether you are using Android or iOS JIRA remains accessible in a whole set of ways while you’re on the go.

    Using the JIRA app, you can access issues and bugs that are reported, and display them using custom filters. All reports are accompanied by comments and attachments like screenshots to help users fully understand the issue. A bug or issue can be assigned to a developer right from the mobile device.

    Checking recently created bugs on the mobile app.

    Service Desk

    JIRA Service Desk offers a clean and intuitive on-line customer portal for the clients that need help. They can just find what they need through easy to understand interface that will guide them to online help or to the most appropriate person to resolve their request.

    After the requests reach the service department, engineers take over assignments and start working on the tasks.

    A queue system automatically categorizes and prioritizes requests according to custom settings. A number of queues are available out of the box, but more can be added by users at any time. Service license agreements (SLAs) and the automatically generated metrics will provide you with detailed real-time reports, helping you assess progress and efficiency of your team.

    The service desk, as shown from the engineers perspective.

    Agile

    JIRA Agile is aimed to help software development teams collaborate better. Using agile planning processes, teams can deliver functioning software earlier and stay flexible when requirements change. JIRA supports agile through various practices such as kanban and scrum. Visibility is the one thing that collaborating teams usually miss from their workflow, and that is exactly what JIRA Agile comes to fulfill.

    You may plan in detail and do estimations with unparalleled accuracy. All bugs, tasks, and actions can be drag-n-dropped for users to perform easy prioritization or change sprints. At the end of the sprint, JIRA creates extensive reports with graphs and rich information which highlight the work done and the unfinished tasks that should be moved to the backlog or the next sprint.

    A kanban board on JIRA Agile.

    Code Integration

    Teams can use JIRA to manage the reporting, fixing and reviewing of software bugs in an efficient and integrated way. Developers can take assignments from shared dashboards and agile boards inside of JIRA. From there, Stash git repositories and Bamboo can be used to connect commits and test results back to the issue. All this can be done without the need of ever leaving JIRA.

    If you need more Git or Mercurial repositories, you can utilize the integration with Atlassian’s Bitbucket that will allow you to spend more time coding instead of dealing with issue and merging handling. The popular GitHub is also supported by JIRA and the connection can be done with the use of just the DVCS connector.

    Stash integration on JIRA.

    Atlassian Marketplace

    Users of JIRA will find that Atlassian’s Marketplace is the place to be when looking for extended functionality, or just for opportunities that you may never have thought of. It includes a vast collection of over 400 add-ons. There are admin tools, chart drawing tools, dashboard gadgets, themes, and styles etc. Over 61% of them are free of charge.

    Besides the add-ons, here you will also find the very valuable workflow templates. You may search among a vast collection to find something suited to your needs, or create your own tailored workflow and upload it to the Marketplace for everyone’s benefit.

    IT and helpdesk addons on the Marketplace.

    JIRA Software Integrations

    JIRA integrates well with a large number of related software to further expand the usability and utilization of the software in any usage scenario. Besides integrating with other Atlassian software tools like Confluence and Stash, developers have managed to achieve good integration with other software tools.

    Some of the most notable examples include the popular revision control tool Github, the widely used Gliffy diagram editor, the Affinity Live and SalesForce CRMs, and the AtTask and Clarizen development tools.

    JIRA Software Pricing

    JIRA offers three solutions. The basic package can accommodate 10 users and costs $10 monthly. The second package includes JIRA agile which will help developers and costs $20 per month, and the third package which costs the same is intended for Service Desks so it has the respective add-on enabled. Teams may count more than 10000 members if the software is hosted in the company’s servers and this will cost 24000$, 28000$ and 42000$ for the three packages, or up to 2000 members if it is hosted in the Atlassian Cloud with the price in this case ranging from 1000$ to 1500$.

    Although JIRA is commercial software, it can be used for free and without limitation from organizations that are non-profit, non-government, non-academic, non-commercial, non-political and secular. Open Source projects also meet the criteria to get a free user license for JIRA.

    JIRA Software Bottom Line

    • Easy project planning and management
    • Real-time issue tracking
    • Advanced code integration
    • Scrum and Kanban boards
    • Huge add-ons collection

    JIRA Software FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for JIRA Software.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does JIRA Software offer?

    JIRA Software offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $10/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    JIRA Software offers flexible pricing.

    Small teams: $10/month for up to 10 users
    Growing teams: $7 per user/month for 11-100 users

    Q. What are the main features of JIRA Software?

    JIRA Software offers the following features:

    • 1000's of Add-ons
    • @mentions
    • API
    • API availability
    • Action management
    • Active directory integration
    • Activity dashboard
    • Activity tracking
    • Agile development
    • Agile reporting
    • Assignment management
    • Automatic notifications
    • Burndown charts
    • Burndown/burnup charts
    • Categorizing
    • Charting
    • Code integration
    • Collaboration tools
    • Commenting
    • Communication management
    • Completion tracking
    • Configurable workflow
    • Cumulative flow diagrams
    • Custom filters
    • Custom reports
    • Customizable scrum boards
    • Customizable workflows
    • Development tracking
    • Dynamic workflow
    • Estimating
    • Filtered views
    • Forecasting
    • GitHub integration
    • IT / software projects
    • Issue management
    • Issue tracking
    • JIRA's query language (JQL)
    • Kanban boards
    • Mobile apps
    • Monitoring
    • OnDemand or hosted
    • OpenSocial gadgets
    • Planning tools
    • Portfolio management
    • Prioritizing
    • Progress tracking
    • Project time tracking
    • Project workflow
    • Projections
    • Real time reporting
    • Release management
    • Reporting & statistics
    • Roadmap planning
    • Search functionality
    • Service desk management
    • Sprint planning
    • Sprint reports
    • Status reporting
    • Team management
    • Third party integration
    • Traceability
    • Velocity charts
    • Version reports
    • Visual timeline

    Q. Who are the typical users of JIRA Software?

    JIRA Software has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does JIRA Software support?

    JIRA Software supports the following languages:

    Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does JIRA Software offer?

    JIRA Software has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does JIRA Software support mobile devices?

    JIRA Software supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does JIRA Software integrate with?

    JIRA Software integrates with the following applications:

    AppFusions, Get Satisfaction, Innotas, LeanKit, SpiraTeam, Testuff, Usersnap, Workfront, Zendesk, time cockpit

    Q. What level of support does JIRA Software offer?

    JIRA Software offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials