Is 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.
Gantt chart + Scope + Roadmaps + Board + Risks + Reports
|Gantt Cloud||GanttChart Project Jira Enterprise||GanttPRO||Polscheit’s Gantt-chart||
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.|
|# of active instances||7423||9417||2072||885||1352||2250||23||4041|
/# of reviews
|# of releases (I – III 2020)
~how actively an app is developed
|Atlassian Top Vendor|
|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|
before you commit changes to a schedule
in BigGantt 5
in BigPicture 8
|Issue links (end to start, etc.)
these ‘regular’ arrows have the power to influence the schedule
|Soft dependency links
an arrow between two tasks is evident, but it won’t interfere with the schedule
time management in My Timesheet tab
|Customize column views|
when setting up a chart
when setting up a chart
|Color tasks manually||
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
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