Team Collaboration Software: JIRA vs. Assembla

By: Surid Olivera


Every great team uses some type of tool or software to help improve company communications & increase employee productivity. There are tons of tools on the market today. As Atlassian Platinum Experts, we of course think that JIRA as a team collaboration tool reigns supreme, but let’s see how it compares to the competitor Assembla.


Basically, JIRA is Atlassian’s popular project- and issue-tracking platform used by development and technical support teams to get more work done and faster. It’s available on-demand through a monthly subscription (software-as-a-service), or it can be deployed on your own servers for an upfront license.

Unique Features:

  • Custom workflows and dashboards
  • Bugs and defect management
  • Requirements management
  • Source and issue integration
  • Search engine with filters
  • Reports
  • Native mobile apps


Offers many functions right out-of-the-box that Jira requires as add-ons including subversion and git hosting, code deployment, agile tools, time tracking, and social media-style collaboration (message boards, @mentions, and activity stream).

Unique Features:

  • Wiki Tool / Knowledgebase
  • Built-in time tracking
  • Agile and scrum tools
  • Time tracking
  • Subscription-based notifications
  • Issue/bug tracking


Atlassian JIRA

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JIRA, at its core, is designed to help teams work together to solve issues and deliver a smooth finished product. JIRA offers many features that will help you and your teams accomplish any goals you want to meet, some of these features are: Scrum boards, Kanban boards, Agile reporting, Portfolio planning, among others.

Scrum Boards

With Scrum boards Agile teams can stay focused on delivering iterative and incremental value, as fast as possible, with customizable scrum boards.

Kanban Boards

Kanban boards give your team full visibility into what’s next so you can continuously deliver maximum output in minimal cycle time

Agile Reporting

With Agile reporting teams have access to more than a dozen out-of-the-box reports with real-time, actionable insights into how their teams are performing sprint over sprint.

Portfolio Planning

Portfolio planning Get visibility across all teams and projects with Portfolio for Jira Forecast realistic roadmaps, manage team resources and track progress with real-time planning.



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Assembla is a combination of programs designed to improve intra-unit cooperation and task assignment for programmer projects. This includes Assembla Workspaces, which is a code repository and management tool to increase productivity, and Assembla Portfolio, which enables management of multiple projects and management reporting. They can service private as well as public projects by creating workspaces.


Assembla offers a thorough and reliable ticketing service, bug and task management tools. add comments, estimate reliably, link codes with requirements, and submit support and feature requests.


The software can improve teamwork by streamlining cooperation through wikis, message boards, file sharing and StandUp reports. The group chat feature with its video option lets team members communicate quickly and receive quick clarification


Assembla enables easy supervision and progress tracking to meet deadlines within budget. Management can access real-time project tracking as well as task reports and metrics to analyze performance.

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