Jira Align vs. Portfolio for Jira vs. Jira Apps

With the release of Jira Align, we commonly hear the question: How is Jira Align different from Jira Portfolio or Jira + Apps Solution? Here is a quick rundown of features to identify which solution is right for your organization.

Check out our Jira Align FAQ – “What is Jira Align” for more information on this exciting tool!



 
Overview Jira Align is an enterprise-grade solution that enables company leadership to link current developments to business outcomes, without disrupting the work of Agile teams. Portfolio for Jira is an agile roadmapping app, seamlessly integrated with Jira Software, that enables better visibility across planned work for your teams. Jira + Apps is a custom solution that combines Atlassian Jira and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to provide visibility and reporting functionality across the entire enterprise’s Agile portfolio.
Challenges/Pain Points/Features Desired
  • Bring in whole enterprise/organization into agility/agile methodology
  • Bring in Business Teams outside of IT, such as Portfolio and Product Management, HR for capacity planning, etc.
  • Bring everyone together to plan and iterate for business agility/enterprise agility
  • Link business goals across different portfolios and projects across organization
  • Engaged in scaled transformation or SAFe transformation, but current tools not meeting your goals
  • Using disparate set of tools among all teams – Jira Align enables you to centralize all your data in the platform
  • Only working in Jira but struggle to align teams across multiple projects
  • Better visibility into how projects are progressing overall within Jira (resources, all project management within Jira)
  • Need to configure the tool to support how we do SAFe/ Scaling
  • Need to keep it simple and help avoid managing multiple platforms
  • Avoid creating internal challenges (hosting, security, etc.)
  • Enable teams to own the solution
Size of Organization 500+ Under 500 Size not determining factor but at least 1+ Release Train(s).
At least scaling (several dozen teams)
Number of teams 20+ or Team of Teams
Product or Portfolio Team
Cross-organization
4-20
1 Line of Business
1+ Release Trains (5-10 teams)
Number of instances Unlimited 1:1 with Jira (1 per Jira instance) 1:1 with Jira (1 per Jira instance)
Cloud or Server Cloud Cloud, Server or Data Center Server or Data Center – Cloud not ideal (limited in functionality or plugins not available)
Role-based (Features)
Executives, Portfolio Manager, Program Manager, Product Manager, Release Train Engineer (RTE), Finance, Transformation Teams, Delivery Teams Executives, Portfolio Manager, Program Manager, Product Manager, Release Train Engineer (RTE), Finance, Transformation Teams, Delivery Teams

Cross-project management – not customized to each role
Epic Owner, Portfolio Manager, Solution Architect/Engineer, Program Management Team, Product Manager, Release Train Engineer (RTE), Product Owner, Scrum Master, Team Member
Level of Reporting 100+ Reports (some level of customization) Limited reporting – Minimal customization – No dashboards Customizable, including dashboards
Types of Reports Financial, Capacity, Roadmap, Scope, Release Schedules, Team Level Reports, Sprint Report, Program Reports, and many more Scope, Capacity, Releases, Schedule Sprint or Themes Capacity, Roadmap, Scope, Release Schedules, Team Level Reports, Sprint Report, Program Reports, and many more
Visibility of Dependencies Yes – Cross-program, Cross-project, Cross-portfolio, Cross-team
Different types of dependency maps
Yes – Cross-project Yes – Option to get Cross-program, Cross-project, Cross-portfolio, Cross-team
Investment Tracking YES NO (need third party plugin) NO (but customizable upon request)
Agile Methodologies Supported Scaled Agile Framework (SAFeTM), Lean Startup, Spotify, LeSS, Value Engineering, [email protected], Custom/Hybrid Scaled Agile Framework (SAFeTM), Scrum, Kanban, Waterfall, Custom/Hybrid Scaled Agile Framework (SAFeTM), Scrum, Kanban, Waterfall, Custom/Hybrid
Out of the box features to support Agile Program Board, PI Progress Reports, Agile Assessment, Sprint Metrics, Backlog Management across Program/Projects, and more Backlog Management across Projects Program Board, PI Progress Reports, Agile Assessment, Sprint Metrics, Backlog Management across Program/Projects, and more
Team Tool Integration Jira and Trello – TFS, CA Rally, IBM RTC, Version One/Collabnet, Excel/Google, Other (via T-Rex Integrator) Jira Software Data Center or Jira Core Data Center Jira, TFS, CA Rally, IBM RTC, Version One/Collabnet, Excel/Google, Other. No limitations to integration
Trial License Available No (Only 7-day Demo environment)
Request a demo with an expert
Yes – Free 30-day Trial N/A but all plugins and Jira available on 30-day trial
Pricing One Jira Align seat is required for every four Jira / integrated users.
  • 120 Jira/Integrated Users – 30 Jira Align Uers: $27000 per year
  • 600 Jira/Integrated Users – 150 Jira Align Uers: $115,200 per year
  • 2,800 Jira/Integrated Users – 700 Jira Align Uers: $339,240 per year
Information shown above reflects standard pricing only. For additional or enterprise pricing and quotes, contact us.
NOTE: MANY DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS For Jira Cloud
Portfolio for Jira
Number of Users Price Per Month
1-10USD 10 float
11-100USD 3.50 /Users
101-250USD 2.50 /Users
251+USD 0.55 /Users
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Cassidy Knight, Technical Agile Writer
Cassidy Knight, Technical Agile Writer