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10 JIRA Plugins for More Efficient Project Management

Posted by, Andrew Stepanov
on June 20, 2017

If you are a software developer, it is highly likely that you used or are using JIRA Software. As JIRA developers state, it is number 1 software development tool used by agile teams. We bet you won’t argue that.

JIRA is a very powerful tool that makes work process simpler and more effective. It helps all team members to go towards common destination, consequently, reach all goals faster. JIRA is integrated with a lot of other software tools what makes it really rich in functionality.

JIRA software

Each side wins from such collaboration. JIRA software developers do not have to spend their time and efforts developing new tools. Those who develop plugins benefit from direct integration into such a powerful system. Users benefit most – they get great functionality within one tool.

But the thing is that there are so many add-ons on JIRA marketplace so it is difficult to be aware of best JIRA plugins. In this article I cover 10 Atlassian JIRA plugins that will ease your work in JIRA and help in project management and spheres close or related to it.

Project and portfolio management

1. Structure

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 3.6K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server.

Structure JIRA plugin

Structure plugin is developed for project and portfolio management for teams of any sizes be it small business or a large enterprise. It works great no matter what methodology you use – traditional Waterfall project management methodology or Agile. It also allows you to create anything you want from personal backlogs to overviews big in their sizes.

This one of the best JIRA plugins gives the possibility to create hierarchy of all your issues. Thus no detail will be missed. What is more is that users can see how the things go at any level and be aware of progress, time and other important issues.

Check it on your own in live demo.

Pricing: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $600.

50 users – $1100.

2. BigPicture

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs:  2.7K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server.

Bigpicture JIRA plugin

Gantt charts proved to be efficient in project management due to their great visualization. That is why BigPicture is considered to be a robust, one of the best JIRA plugins. As soon as you are aware about your plans with all details in front of you, you raise your chances to successfully manage one or multiple projects.

Note: More about Gantt charts.

Actually, all great features of this plugin for JIRA are connected with Gantt chart itself. But it also includes three modules: the Risk matrix for identifying potential risks, the Roadmap module for activities planning and the Resources functionality for clear picture what task is being done now and when it will be accomplished.

Pricing: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $500.

50 users – $900.

3. BigGantt

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 2.5K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server and cloud.

BigGantt JIRA software

This Atlassian JIRA plugin will help you a lot if you need to visualize your project with the help of a Gantt chart. Well, this software was developed by the same team as above mentioned BigPicture tool. But in this case the plugin serves purely project management goals.

Users can create tasks, organize them, track progress and meet deadlines, create dependencies between tasks and drag-and-drop them. The main advantage of Gantt charts is simplicity to understand everything.

Pricing:

Server: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $400.

50 users – $700.

Cloud: 10 users – $5.

25 users – $15.

50 users – $25.

4. Aha! Visual Product Roadmaps

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 3.3K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Cloud.

Aha JIRA plugin

Aha!, as developers state, is the best among JIRA plugins for creating roadmaps. Here users can set products strategies defining significant goals and all initiatives. In the meantime beautiful visual roadmaps keep everyone updated. Every team member knows about current duties be it something small or huge as well as about things coming up.

Users can share their roadmaps with anyone even with those with no Aha! accounts via a PDF file or a Web page.

The plugin works fine for all teams whether they follow traditional or, say, agile approaches. It goes with six roadmaps templates that are easily customized with drag-and-drop function.

Pricing: $59 per user/month.

$99 per product owner & contributor/month.

5. Gliffy Diagrams

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 2.9K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server and cloud.

Gliffy diagrams JIRA plugin

Gliffy Diagram plugin is used more often than any other diagramming plugins for making information visual. With this JIRA add-on users can create collaborative diagrams right inside JIRA with drag-and-drop simplicity.

What does it give to managers? Well, at least better online team management and communication and, as a result, faster problems solution.

Check it on your own in live demo.

Pricing:

Server: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $450.

50 users – $900.

Cloud: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $45.

50 users – $90.

Resource management

6. Tempo Planner

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 5.6K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server and cloud.

Tempo Planner JIRA plugin

This add-on offers visualized resource management for teams as well as project planning. Tempo products were chosen by more than 10.000 customers what proves they are one of the best JIRA plugins.

With the help of this add-on managers can plan and manage work for their teams as well as projects and programs. This all will be based on utilization and capacity of all team members in real-time. Easy calendar planning allows taking into account flexible working hours, holidays and vacations.

There is also a possibility to monitor how changes can impact on your schedule and plans in general.

Pricing:

Server: 10 users – $100.

25 users – $600.

50 users – $1100.

Cloud: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $50.

50 users – $100.

7. Activity Timeline Resource Planning

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 8.4K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server and cloud.

Activity Timeline JIRA plugin

One of the best JIRA plugins in project resource management category. It allows scheduling tasks in JIRA and visualizing all assignments and workload of team members.

With this JIRA add-on it’s easy to track all the workload of each member per day or even per weeks. Drag-and-drop function allows correcting plans at any given moment. So a manager has a clear understanding who will be available in a few days, and who is completely overloaded.

With the calendar app it is also easy to plan days-off and vacations as well as track sick leaves, custom events and project milestones.

Check it on your own in live demo.

Pricing:

Server: 10 users – $300.

25 users – $450.

50 users – $900.

Cloud: 10 users – $100.

25 users – $450.

50 users – $900.

Time management

8. Tempo Timesheets

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 16.6K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server and cloud.

Tempo Timesheets JIRA plugin

As it is seen by the number of installs, this is one of the most popular add-ons. No doubt it is one of the best JIRA plugins. With it a manager can easily track time, overview work spent on payroll and billing and have better account management.

With this plugin for JIRA managers can create reports for all work done as well as vacations, sick and other leaves. Wide filter options will help in displaying the information you need.

Pricing:

Server: 10 users – $100.

25 users – $650.

50 users – $1250.

Cloud: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $50.

50 users – $100.

Email collaboration

9. Email This Issue

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 3.8K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server and cloud.

Great JIRA plugin for best email collaboration and email service desk regardless whether emails are to be sent inside or outside your team. As it is seen, the plugin simplifies work process so there is no more need to switch to email service outside your JIRA project. Of course, in case you still prefer to have your communication with the help of emails.

Having sent an email, users can track all email-related issues in the special issue panel. Automated notifications to internal and external recipients will help managers to have full control over actions that happen.

Pricing:

Server: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $200.

50 users – $250.

Cloud: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $40.

50 users – $80.

Other: workflow

10. JIRA Workflow Toolbox

Find it on Atlassian plugins marketplace

Installs: 2.7K as of June, 19, 2017.

Deployment: Server.

Workflow toolbox JIRA plugin

This JIRA plugin allows creating workflows with conditions, validators, custom fields and post-functions. Implement any kind of complex functionality with JIRA Workflow Toolbox.

To drive JIRA’s workflow engine to the maximum, you need to do a few clicks thus creating complex configuration. Moreover, in case you need it, you can go even deeper – there is nothing impossible with this JIRA add-on.

Pricing: 10 users – $10.

25 users – $65.

50 users – $125.

How to install JIRA plugins

To install JIRA plugins, you need to log into your instance as an admin. Other steps depend on a product. Visit each product page on marketplace for more details.

What about GanttPRO integration with JIRA?

At the moment developers at GanttPRO work on its integration with JIRA with one aim – to give everyone the possibility to manage projects in one tool not having to switch between different software. The process takes some time, but at the end of it we expect to get smooth integration that everyone will love.

Approximate date: September, 2017.

What plugins do you use within JIRA? Would you like to test GanttPRO integration with JIRA? Share your thoughts with us in comments!

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