BigPicture and Tempo Planner are both planning apps for Jira, but they differ more than one may imagine. Tempo Planner is great for “preventing resources from being wasted”, while BigPicture will help you “get a complex project done”. Tempo Planner keeps its eye on “squeezing” teams while BigPicture delivers… yes, the big picture of your organization to help team members complete high-level goals.
For predictable and repeatable circumstances, Tempo Planner delivers in spades, whereas BigPicture is a proven project management tool for both standard projects and multiplex undertakings.
Table 1: BigPicture vs. Tempo Planner
|In a nutshell||All-in-one Project Portfolio Management app for Jira for short- and long-term planning, tracking progress and managing teams. For both agile and waterfall projects.||One of the triad: Tempo Timesheets – Tempo Planner – Tempo Budgets. Tempo Planner is a resource-biased app aimed at “squeezing” resources and short- and long-term planning.|
|Key phrases||reach goals, align teams, effectively supervise/manage/control involved projects or portfolio of projects||estimate task, capacity of a team, plan work, maximize efficiency|
SAFe compliant roadmaps, with drill-down feature for various planning horizons
use Team Timelines as roadmaps to visualize short- and long-term priorities
including milestones, markers, baselines, dependencies between tasks
|Work Breakdown Structure||
Up to BigPicture 6 WBS is present within Gantt chart module; in BigPicture 7 WBS is a standalone module.
further developed in BigPicture 7
|Create teams of Jira groups|
|Find available team members
filtering by roles, availability
|Put cost rates on roles|
|Multiple workload and holiday plans per resource|
|Member/team capacity reporting|
|Sync- and re-sync with Jira|
|Track progress of projects/programs||available with Tempo Budgets|
|Focus on short-/long-term planning||both short- and long-term||more short-term than long-term|
|Dependencies between issues (e.g. task A blocks task B)|
Project management paradigms / methodologies / levels
|Portfolio-level management||available with Tempo Budgets|
Team and program levels up to BigPicture 6; starting BigPicture 7 portfolio level, too.
|Integration BigPicture <–> Tempo||
Big Picture Enterprise (an extension of BigPicture) integrates with Tempo Planner, Tempo Timesheets and Tempo Budgets. BigPicture with Enterprise add-on can display Tempo teams, resources, roles, workload schemes, holiday schemes.
|Tempo Planner/Timesheets/Budgets are not capable of accessing BigPicture data.|
|Supported file types||mpp, mpx, pdf, jpg, png, xml, csv, xls, xlsx, doc, docx (with BigTemplate – an extension of BigPicture)||csv, xls, xlsx, pdf, “print” (printable view)|
|Sample import/export features||With BigTemplate, an extension of BigPicture, you can export an entire project in MS Project native mpp/mpx formats or export individual issues to pdf, jpg, png files. You can also import MS Project mpp/mpx files.||Export/import plans from team timelines to csv files.|
Requirements & platforms
|Works with||Jira Software, Jira Core, Data Center, Service Desk||Jira Software, Jira Core, Data Center, Service Desk|
|Jira Server / Cloud||Jira Server & Cloud
BigPicture Enterprise – Jira Server only
|Jira Server & Cloud
Tempo Budgets – Jira Server only
Business data & Pricing
|Jira Server, 100 users, Atlassian Marketplace||$1500/instance||$1500/instance|
|Jira Cloud, 11-100 users tier, Atlassian Marketplace||$2.5/user/month||$1.5/user/month|
|Available through||Atlassian Marketplace, Atlassian Solution Partners||Atlassian Marketplace, Atlassian Solution Partners|
|User rating (stars)||3.4/4||2.5/4|
|Atlassian Top Vendor?|
Effort was made to gather accurate data, but these apps are to a large extent incomparable. Data is current at the time of writing. Help improve the table – e-mail marketing (a) softwareplant.com.
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