Compare Jira project management apps

How do they compare to each other? BigGantt, Big Picture, BigPicture Enterprise, and other Jira apps. Check our comparison chart below.

A picture is worth a thousand words. As a rule of thumb, our apps 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 half of our Jira apps. BigPicture and BigGantt require just Jira and no other plugin from the palette. On the other hand, in order to be able to use BigPicture Enterprise you also need a BigPicture license. BigTemplate, an importing/exporting extension, requires BigPicture or BigGantt.

Table 1: Compare Jira project management apps by SoftwarePlant

Functionality Example or specific feature

Overview module
with predefined Box types

Take a bird’s-eye view on the whole portfolio. Drill down to project/product level. Check progress of individual projects products. yes1 yes yes
Number of available Box type slots Combine agile, predicitive, hybrid PM methodologies using the unlimited Box type slots in BigPicture Enterprise. unlimited 3 3
Unlimited configuration of Box types. Create new Box types. Think of Boxes as high-level, custom management spaces, such as portfolios, projects, phases, ARTs. They behave depending on how you program them. yes
Re-label modules For instance, re-label ‘Gantt’ to ‘Schedule’ or ‘Roadmap’. Relabeling works per Box or per Box type. yes
Gantt chart Graphically represent tasks’ duration in time yes1 yes yes
Create a collapsible project’s structure that will group tasks and task templates yes1 yes yes
What-if scenarios Demonstrate optimistic, realistic, and pessimistic schedules to stakeholders.
Compare an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) product schedule to a loaded variant.
unlimited number of private and public scenarios per Box 1 private and 1 public scenario per Box 1 private and 1 public scenario per Box
Visualize critical path Filter out five of 100 tasks that directly influence the project’s finish date. yes1 yes yes
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. yes1 yes yes
A project’s Work Breakdown Structure Subdivide your project into easier-to-tackle smaller projects. yes1 yes yes
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 yes1 yes
Roadmap module Set objectives, expressed in a free text, descriptive format, for the upcoming sprints and Program Increments. The further into the future, the more approximate your plan is going to be. yes1 yes
Program board module Plan the upcoming iterations and Program Increments: assign tasks from the backlog to teams. yes1 yes
Synchronize Program Increment (PI) # between Program Board and Jira issue detail view (2-way). yes
Resources module
with individuals, teams, and skills tabs
Filter out underallocated resources and assign extra work to them. Filter out overallocated skills and pass that information to your hiring manager. yes1 yes
Workload contouring Flat, Front-loaded, Back-loaded, and Manual modes Flat, Front-loaded, Back-loaded modes
Show all the tasks across all Boxes to which your resources are assigned; cross-Box resources view. yes
Synchronize your Workload Plans, Holiday Plans, Teams, and Skills with their counterparts in TEMPO Timesheets, Planner, Budgets. Available for Jira Server and Data Center hostings. yes
Import / export from MS Project / Excel Import your “Launch new bicycle line to the market” plan from MS Project. yes
Risks module
Risks matrix and register

Use a predefined matrix or define your own titles of the axes and their values. For instance, you can build a SAFe ROAM matrix.

yes1 yes
Calendar module Preview task for today, tomorrow, or for a whole month using calendar grid. More yes1 yes
Reporting Quickly check how much work remains to be done – more on measuring progress. yes yes yes
Reports module Use five predefined drill through reports measuring progress. Choose their format: bar/pie charts, spreadsheet-like reports yes1 yes
Add new reports. Customize the grid of the Reports module. yes
Reports overlay in the Roadmap and Board modules measuring the progress of Program Increments and iterations yes1 yes
Export issues to a printable format Print Letter/A4 overview of an issue; templates are configurable. yes
Export whole Gantt charts in xlsx, pdf, png, jpg, bmp formats yes
Export/import MS Project files in mpp/mpx format, more yes
Permission levels App admin, app user, groups, permissions inheritance in the Box hierarchy yes1 yes yes
Select the geographic location of your data server.
Available for Jira Cloud.
GDPR in the European Union and various US regulators may require that you store your data in a home country or region. Read more. yes
SAFe – methodology yes1 yes
Portfolio Level yes
Solution Level yes
Program Level yes1 yes
In-depth comparisons BP Enterprise vs. BigPicture BigGantt vs. BigPicture

1 BigPicture Enterprise is an expansion pack for BigPicture app.

Note that there is also BigPicture for Trello, featuring a Gantt chart module. For the moment Trello BigPicture does not have, however, other modules present in BigPicture for Jira, i.e. Overview, Scope, Roadmap, Program board, Risks, Resources, Calendar, and Reports.


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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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