How do they compare to each other? BigGantt, Big Picture, BigPicture Enterprise, and other Jira apps. Check our apps comparison chart below.
A picture is worth a thousand words. As a rule of thumb, our add-ons focus on visualizing. Sure, Jira does a great job managing projects. We do even better presenting, aggregating and filtering 100k of tasks, and in a comprehensible format.
Standalone is the majority of our Jira apps. This means: any addon requires just Jira and no other plugin from the palette. A notable exception exists though: BigPicture Enterprise. It builds on regular BigPicture, so you need both: BigPicture and BigPicture Enterprise to use the latter’s functionalities.
Table 1: Compare Jira project management apps by SoftwarePlant
|Program manager / Overview
with predefined [Box] types
|Starting BigPicture 7.10, the Program manager is renamed ‘Overview’.||1|
|Unlimited configuration of [Box] types. Create new [Box] types.||Think of [Boxes] as high-level, custom containers/parent items, such as portfolios, phases, ARTs. They behave depending on how you program them.
[Boxes] are available in BigPicture version 8, and the corresponding BigPicture Enterprise ver. 4, and later.
|Gantt chart||Graphically represent tasks’ duration in time||1|
|Create a collapsible project’s structure that will group tasks and task templates||1|
|Visualize critical path||Filter out five of 100 tasks that directly influence the project’s finish date.||1|
|Project work grouped in numerous ways||As in Excel pivot table. Group foods by meats, bakery, poultry. In project management language by status or resource. List untouched tasks.||1|
|A project’s Work Breakdown Structure||Subdivide your project into easier-to-tackle smaller projects.||1|
|Scope—a standalone work breakdown structure module||Do top-down planning; observe your project using customizable views; aggregate story points, time; filter 100k of tasks with quick filters, text filters, and JQL; more||1|
|Roadmap for synchronized teams||Set objectives, expressed in a free text, descriptive format, for the upcoming sprints and iterations. The further into the future, the more approximate your plan is going to be.||1|
|Agile board for synchronized teams||Plan the upcoming iterations: assign tasks from the backlog to teams.||1|
|Synchronize Program Increment (PI) # between Program Board and Jira issue detail view (2-way).|
|Managing resources allocation with a focus on teams and skills||Filter out underallocated resources and assign extra work to them. Filter out overallocated skills and pass that information to your hiring manager.||1|
|Show all the tasks across all created programs to which your resources are assigned.|
|Synchronize your Workload Plans, Holiday Plans, Teams, and Skills with their counterparts in TEMPO Timesheets, Planner, Budgets. Available for Server and Data Center hostings.|
|Import / export from MS Project / Excel||Import your “Launch new bicycle line to the market” plan from MS Project.|
|Risk management matrix and register||Screenshot
Use a predefined matrix or define your own titles of the axes and their values. For instance, you can build a SAFe ROAM matrix.
|Role schemes supporting a variety of project management methodologies||Create product owner or scrum master roles for your agile processes.|
|Reporting||Quickly check how much work remains to be done – more on measuring progress.|
|Reports module||Use five predefined drill through reports measuring progress. Choose their format: bar/pie charts, spreadsheet-like reports||1|
|Add new reports. Customize the grid of the Reports module.|
|Reports overlay on the Roadmap module||measuring iteration progress||1|
|measuring Program Increment progress|
|Reports overlay on the Board module||measuring iteration progress||1|
|measuring Program Increment progress|
|Export issues to a printable format||Print Letter/A4 overview of an issue; templates are configurable.|
|Export whole Gantt charts||in xlsx, pdf, png, jpg, bmp formats|
|Export/import MS Project files||in mpp/mpx format, more|
|SAFe – methodology|
|In-depth comparisons||BP Enterprise vs. BigPicture||BigGantt vs. BigPicture|
1 BigPicture Enterprise is an expansion pack for BigPicture plugin.
2 version 2.0 and up
Note that there is also BigPicture for Trello, featuring a Gantt chart module. For the moment Trello BigPicture does not have, however, other components present in BigPicture for Jira, such as scope, roadmap, program board, risks, and resources.
Not sure which Jira app to choose?
Our recommendation: go with BigPicture. It is the most comprehensive of our apps and designed to meet the demands of today professional project manager, such as Stefan:
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