Best Jira Software Alternatives

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What is Atlassian Jira?

JIRA is a power-packed tool for project management. It is easy to get started with, reliable, intuitive and offers many collaboration benefits. It supports all devices, and offers flexible deployment and customization options. JIRA is widely used and popular - nevertheless, over time, the users have identified the following drawbacks:

  • Expensive price tag - It can cost up to $12,000 per year for larger teams
  • Plug-in hell - You can do virtually anything with JIRA, but it will cost you in terms of money you pay for various plugins, time it takes to configure and maintain the add-ons and the technical skills required to accomplish the same
  • No longer available for download - As of Feb 2021, JIRA Server is being phased out and replaced with JIRA Data Center for teams of 500 and up. Imagine the price tag!
  • Complex migration - Time consuming when migrating from other systems
  • Outdated interface - The customization options are cumbersome. Software is clunky and using it on a daily basis can be frustrating. Mobile experience is subpar with cumbersome navigation
  • Suited mostly for development teams - Built with developers in mind, JIRA’s functionality and usefulness for other teams involved in the application lifecycle management (testers, designers and business analysts, etc.) leaves you wanting more.


The Top 10 Alternatives To JIRA

There is no one-size-fits-all solution that will cater to everyone’s unique business requirements. So, it is both natural and prudent to explore alternatives to JIRA, while keeping in mind your preferred project management methodology, your team’s communication style and the essential features you need vs. the ones that are nice-to-have.

#1. SpiraTeam


SpiraTeam by Inflectra is the top-of-the-market project management platform for agile teams of all sizes. Methodology agnostic, SpiraTeam is an all-in-one, intuitive and powerful alternative to Atlassian’s JIRA. With built-in requirements’ traceability and test cases, tasks and code management, SpiraTeam is the one tool that manages all aspects of your software development, program management and QA cycles. SpiraTeam helps teams collaborate and coordinate work through modules for documents management, customizable workflows, global scheduling, email and in-app notifications, IM/real-time chat.

Other features that set SpiraTeam apart from JIRA include:

  • Portfolio management for complex projects and large teams
  • Release, task and test management/QA
  • Filtering and sorting - users can drill down to view requirements, releases, tasks by person, priority, release, keywords
  • Different views, including list view, Kanban boards
  • In-line, markdown and Rich Text document editing
  • Executive dashboards complete with Gantt charts and role-specific views
  • Baselining, audit trails, document version control
  • Concurrent licensing model with unlimited projects, members, and teams
  • Seamless integration with over 60 tools on the market, including JIRA and Visual Studio.

SpiraTeam is available on-premise or as SaaS.

Pricing:

A generous 30-day free trial;

Sliding pricing scale: decreasing from $42 per user per month to $12 per user per month

#2. Assembla


With Assembla, plan and deliver multiple projects combining Scrum, Gantt, Kanban, Waterfall, and SAFe methodologies. Assembla has a wide range of functionality in its core, like code deployment and Git hosting. It provides robust collaboration features along with:

  • Project portfolio management
  • Task and milestones management
  • Time tracking
  • Bug tracking and ticket views
  • Subversion, Git & Perforce Hosting
  • Cardwalls and taskboards.

Pricing:

Cloud pricing: starts at $12 per user/month

On Premise pricing: starting at $960/year for 5 users

#3. YouTrack


YouTrack is an agile-oriented project management tool and issue tracking system from creators of IntelliJ IDEA/ JetBrains. This intelligent and easy-to-use tracker helps users manage their daily tasks and bugs, plan sprints and releases, support customers requests, and collaborate on projects. The platform supports Scrum and Kanban and is flexible and customizable and allows teams to follow their own processes and ways of working together.

Other key features of YouTrack are:

  • Quick and easy search for issues
  • Seamless workflow creation
  • Batch editing
  • Configurable agile boards
  • Reporting, including Gantt charts
  • Project dashboards
  • Time tracking
  • Markdown and emoji-reactions.

Available as cloud-hosted or standalone

Pricing:

Free 10 user plan; 15-user plan $200 per year

#4. Nifty


Nifty is an agile project management solution that simplifies project delivery and helps users visualize all their working processes, while ensuring team members are on the same page. Users can create, assign, and track milestone-connected tasks and store files and feedback in a centralized location. Customizable fields help teams plan sprints and track progress and budget.

Other features that set this platform apart from JIRA include:

  • Lifecycle management
  • Portfolio and resource management
  • Project overviews
  • Dashboards and file sharing
  • Activity, status and time tracking.

Nifty runs on Mac, Windows, and сloud-version

Pricing:

Paid plans starting from $39/month, billed annually for teams up to 10 members

#5. VersionOne


VersionOne is an agile project management solution for agile, enterprise scrum, and kanban. VersionOne supports a variety of software development models and team collaboration types. This platform provides insight into the project progress with over 50 agile metrics and enables greater productivity. It gives users a birds eye view of the product development elements such as product planning, sprint tracking, and planning, release reports, etc.

Other features that set this platform apart from JIRA include:

  • Unlimited projects, members, and teams
  • Kanban boards with task assignment functionality
  • Release forecasting and iteration tracking
  • Sprint member capacity planning
  • Timesheets and approvals
  • Burndown charts and velocity reports
  • End to end visibility
  • Team collaboration

With many features at users’ fingertips, the learning curve for teams can be steep.

Pricing:

Free trial and paid plans starting at $29 per month per user

#6. Zoho Project


Zoho Project is a project management software that helps agile teams plan their work to ensure on-time project delivery. The software improves project planning and helps frees up users’ time for more productive use. It has easy-to-use and clean interface and is packed with collaboration features such as scheduled and recurring tasks, task lists, and milestones. Other features that set Zoho Project apart from JIRA include:

  • Built in bug tracking
  • Task and test scheduling
  • Workflows
  • Data visualization with graphs and charts
  • Activity and time tracking
  • Reporting

It is available in the cloud, on-premise and on-demand.

Pricing:

10-Day free trial to $20/month up to $125/month

#7. Targetprocess


Targetprocess is designed to help users manage Agile projects by visualizing complex processes. It helps managers visualize timelines, dependencies, project data, and more while improving transparency and visibility across the board to facilitate planning, collaboration, and tracking. TargetProcess easily adapts to your management approach.

Other features that set this platform apart from JIRA include:

  • Boards and backlog story map view
  • Custom views, cards, reports, and dashboards
  • Custom reports and visualization of project data
  • High-level tracking across the entire portfolio
  • QA, bug tracking, test case management
  • Integrations for both SaaS and on-premise.

Pricing:

Free – $20 per user per month

# 8. Active Collab


Active Collab is an easy-to-use project management solution for small businesses. It provides a big picture of all projects, allows users to create an efficient work schedule, and save time through its powerful collaboration features. The tool supports document management, priority and task control, access control, time tracking, invoicing, project cost estimation, reporting, ticketing functionality. The software has an intuitive interface, is an iOS app and has an outstanding support team behind it. Other features that set this platform apart from JIRA include:

  • Task dependencies
  • Time tracking and calendar integration
  • Gantt charts and advanced reporting
  • Kanban boards
  • Customizable templates.

The only thing users report is that the tool lacks integration with Git or another version of the control system.

Pricing:

Starts at $25/month for 5 users and goes up to $299/month for unlimited users

#9. PivotalTracker


PivotalTracker is an agile-only project management software that helps teams deliver more frequently and consistently. It provides a shared view of team priorities, fosters collaboration and helps analyze team’s progress.

The platform enables users to select among features, bugs, and chores to balance the need for building new features, decreasing the technical debt, and keeping the software bug-free. Other features that set this platform apart from JIRA include:

  • Story points and backlog lists
  • Task prioritization
  • Iteration tracking
  • Work estimation and prioritization
  • Automated consistency tracker
  • Workspaces
  • Dashboard reporting for time and trends.

Pricing:

Free to $250 per month for up to 50 collaborators

#10. ClickUp


ClickUp is a project management tool with a heavy emphasis on team collaboration, reduction of workload and productivity maximization. It comes with machine learning capabilities for predicting task assignments, assignment locations and determining the accuracy of time estimates. It allows users to assign tasks to teammates, assign comments, get notified about changes, and make adjustments to dashboard view. Other features that set this platform apart from JIRA include:

  • Real-time collaboration detection (viewing, commenting, and editing)
  • Threaded comments
  • Multitask toolbar to make changes to multiple tasks in one go.
  • Open tasks as tabs
  • Project overview
  • Progress and goal tracking.

Pricing:

Free to $9 per user per month

Honorable Mentions

There are many other tools that are good alternatives to JIRA. We have listed a few of them here. But ultimately, the decision of which tool to use will depend on your team’s preferences, company size and your project needs.

  • Backlog
  • Basecamp
  • Binfire
  • Bitrix24
  • Blossom
  • Clubhouse
  • Codegiant
  • DoneDone
  • Favro
  • GanttPRO
  • Hive
  • Hygger
  • Kanbanize
  • LeanKit
  • LiquidPlanner
  • Mavenlink
  • ProductBeat
  • Proggio
  • ProofHub
  • Quire
  • smartQ
  • Smartsheet
  • Sprintly
  • Teamdeck
  • Teamwork
  • Workzone
  • Wrike

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