Mar 31

How to locate the best Gantt chart plugin for Jira?

Best Gantt chart plugin for JiraIs it features, price or perhaps a vendor’s reputation? How to select the best Gantt chart for Jira for your organization? Don’t fall into the trap of choosing a cheap plugin. To navigate to the best Gantt chart, look at features, but also prospects of an Atlassian vendor.

I cannot stress enough how important regular releases are. No matter how pretty a Gantt chart looks, plugins that don’t get updated a few times per year should be approached with caution. Consider this: what if a vendor has a pretty refined app, but they have switched to the harvest mode now? Once Atlassian upgrades Jira, or you need a custom-made feature for your Gantt plugin, you could get trapped.

BigGantt

BigPicture

Gantt chart + Scope + Roadmaps + Board + Risks + Reports

Gantt Cloud GanttChart Project Jira Enterprise GanttPRO Polscheit’s Gantt-chart

Structure .Gantt

extension for Structure

Timesheet and Gantt Chart for Jira WBS Gantt-chart for Jira
Vendor SoftwarePlant SoftwarePlant WISOFT Soyatec GanttPRO Frank Polscheit ALM Works i4ware Software Ricksoft, Inc.
Jira Cloud yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Server yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Data Center yes yes yes yes yes
# of active instances 7423 9417 2072 885 1352 2250 23 4041
Marketplace rating
/# of reviews
3.1
/140
3.3
/226
2.1
/114
1.9
/156
3.9
/27
2.8
/121
3.5
/13
2.3
/3
2.8
/79
# of releases (I – III 2020)
~how actively an app is developed
8 9 0 0 3 4 1
Launched 2015 2014 2011 2010 2018 2012 2013
Atlassian Top Vendor yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Price Cloud 100 users user/month $1.25 $2.8 $0.45 $6
$1.5 – Professional Edition
$8.9 or less $0.5 $1.25
Price Server 100 users annually $1250 $2000 $8400
$1000 – Professional Edition.
You can request a free license for Jira Server
$750 $2000 + $1000 $2200 $1000
Features
What-if scenarios
before you commit changes to a schedule
yes
in BigGantt 5
yes
in BigPicture 8
Issue links (end to start, etc.)
these ‘regular’ arrows have the power to influence the schedule
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Soft dependency links
an arrow between two tasks is evident, but it won’t interfere with the schedule
yes yes
Baselines yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Resource management yes yes yes yes yes yes
time management in My Timesheet tab
yes
Customize column views yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Filter views yes yes yes yes yes yes
when setting up a chart
yes yes
when setting up a chart
Color tasks manually yes yes yes yes
on Cloud

An effort was made to gather accurate data, but these apps are sometimes incomparable. Data current at the time of writing. Help improve the table – e-mail marketing (a) softwareplant.com.

Subtle signs that indicate good Gantt addons

How to detect a decent Gantt chart plugin? Actively developed add-ons exhibit these subtle signs:

  • Slides on Atlassian Marketplace show late Jira interface
  • A plugin has been on the market for a relatively short period, but it is packed with features
  • Keep a sharp eye on how fresh the user interface is
  • Look for settled, multi-employee vendors

What does a model Gantt chart look like?

Pictured is what we consider the best, at least mature, Gantt chart for Jira. This interface is available starting BigGantt ver. 5 and BigPicture 8. This new Gantt chart (we call it Gantt 2.0 internally) has a sleek design, excellent user experience, and long-demanded new features:

  • what-if scenarios – test before you commit changes to the schedule
  • soft dependencies (issue links) – “soft” arrows are there, but they are not in power to reschedule anything
  • and the hideable right-side panel sheds more light on a task
Best Gantt chart for Jira, BigGantt, BigPicture

New Gantt chart in BigGantt ver. 5 and BigPicture ver. 8 has what-if scenarios, soft dependencies (they don’t affect the schedule), and the collapsible ‘See the context of a task’ panel.

The good news

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About The Author

With his automotive background Marcin goes beyond the 'Jira + software development' standard. He likes simple, up-to-five-sentence answers to complex questions.