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We performed a comparison between Jira Align and Planview AgilePlace based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Agile Planning Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Jira Align vs. Planview AgilePlace Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"In my previous experience, the Portfolio and Structure feature in Jira is really valuable because it assists with forecasting for projects.""The product has good visualization capabilities and helps to see the different dimensions of a plan.""The deployment phase of Jira Align wasn't difficult.""Being able to do PI planning using the program levels is most valuable. I find that the program-level reporting is most useful.""It's easy to set up.""The most valuable feature of Jira Align is the overall team vision.""The OKR experience is great.""Jira Align's most valuable feature is the view of strategic control reports for high-level directors."

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"The "Blocking" feature has helped our scrum masters track impediments and share them at the program level to stakeholders with accountability and detail so that they understand and the action items which can be noted easily.""The transparency that it brings is valuable. I like to look at things from all angles, and sometimes, flip chart paper on a wall and sticky notes are better than something on a screen, but the way they've made it accessible from all points for anyone within an organization is great. As a project management guy, sometimes, you have to force people into new environments where they have to see what you're talking about. Any screen is a barrier, and people got to get into the screen. How do you know they do? You don't necessarily know, but you are getting around that barrier with a countermeasure of making it accessible to as many as possible. So, everyone can jump in there and see everything. It is fully transparent, and I like that. This is one thing that helps.""I would say it's highly scalable. LeanKit can scale across the enterprise easily. Every business could probably find a use case for leveraging LeanKit.""Every feature is valuable. LeanKit is a Kanban-based tool where you have a visual interface that you can use to create various cards and to create boards to house those cards. You can create a board for managing project work. You can create a board to do PI planning. It is pretty close to the agile way of doing business.""People found the ability to set up different lanes and the ability to see where they're within the progress most valuable. They can use different colored cards or sticky notes, and then they can separate out which cards belong to a department or the initiative they're working on. They can filter who's working on it, and I've got good feedback about that.""Adoption across stakeholders and visibility have been the biggest success for us with LeanKit.""LeanKit is amazing when it comes to getting answers about a given card's status. That's one of the biggest takeaways that we've had. The status is right there on the board. Everybody can see it. You just click on it and it gives you everything that you need to know, especially the comments feature because it gives us a timeline of updates. We use that a lot where we write a comment on the card and then we can see and track progress as we move it across the board."

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"One area for improvement is that Jira Align's double menu and multiple menus can be difficult for new users.""Someone who is new to Jira or doesn't have many years of working experience in Jira Align gets easily lost because everything looks the same in the product.""Jira Align's setup process could be more straightforward, and they could make training and educational documentation more accessible.""Jira Align can improve the visibility of executive teams.""The synchronization between Jira and Jira Align takes too long.""There are fewer customization options in Jira Align due to how it was designed.""Jira Align fails to provide its users with a complete package in terms of portfolio management.""The solution needs to improve its pricing. It also needs to provide an integrated view of how other tasks are to be tracked. It would be also useful to see the integration of Confluence, Teams, and Slack into the product. I want to be able to communicate directly with others while using the product. I am also not sure if the integration of third-party alternate workflow tools like SAP would be possible."

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"Within the current features, if they can give some ability to show more icons on the card, it would be helpful. It would help us in showing more data on the cards.""The biggest improvement would be the API and data connections and making the data more accessible or quicker to access. One of our team members has brought up actual-time tracking on a card as a potential improvement. They had an interest in knowing how long a specific card had been worked on by a specific user or somebody that was assigned to that card. But there's not really a way for them to start and stop a time that they were actually working on it, except for if we created a different lane and they dragged it into the lane and then stopped using it in the lane.""They have a feature called Instant Coffee. It was in the beta phase. They released it from beta, and now, it is a legit thing. We were in the pilot here. I liked the idea of Instant Coffee, and I like how it is integrated, to some degree, with LeanKit, but I have two big rocks to throw at them on this. The first one is that Instant Coffee does not save your work very well in terms of saving it in formats that you can then go back and edit as Visio would. It leads to the next point, which is, we're not really clear on what they're trying to do with Instant Coffee. I feel that they're trying not to reinvent Visio, Miro, and other software programs out there that do mapping, visual diagrams, etc. Miro is fantastic in that regard. I gather they're not trying to reinvent Miro, but it sure would be nice if it had more aspects of Miro in it, such as being able to draw arrows and write on them on the top.""There's room for improvement with the Instant Coffee feature. There are other businesses that have been interested in leveraging a virtual whiteboard or sticky note capability and how Instant Coffee was developed has not met the mark.""We are a 750-employee company, so we got lucky that our board approved the kind of funding we needed for the solution. But, LeanKit probably needs to reduce its pricing.""It is a pretty good product. It is really hard to think of things that I'd want to be improved. Sometimes, we use it for project management lessons learned. So, we have three columns, such as Could be Improved, Keep Doing, and Works Really Well. It would be helpful if there was a template set up for something like that because we code different cards based on the category. For example, if something belongs to the Could be Improved category, we may have those cards as yellow, but then I have to change the color of them and put a header. It is not as smooth, but it still works fine. To be honest, I don't have a lot of complaints about it.""Our overall impression of Leankit has been very positive, however, our experience with the JIRA integration into our Leankit boards was much harder than we anticipated and that could be improved by simplifying it somehow."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The software is very good, but the price is expensive. Our licensing costs are on a monthly basis, but there are no additional costs to the standard license fees."
  • "The license for Jira Align is priced fairly."
  • "Jira Align is quite expensive for small-to-medium companies, but it's quite reasonable for larger ones."
  • "I would rate this solution a nine out of ten for pricing. The price of the solution depends on the number of people using it and the projects you are working on."
  • "My company pays approximately 399 USD per month for the solution."
  • "On a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate Jira Align a seven out of ten."
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  • "I don't know what it would be on its own. It was basically included with what we were already paying or using. So, it was a no-brainer. It wasn't like we had to sell the company on making a purchase or anything like that. There weren't any costs that came in after implementing it."
  • "I don't believe there are any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "As far as I understand, it is not an expensive application."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Defect tracking and dashboards are the most valuable features of Jira Align.
    Top Answer:Jira Align should reduce the many information fields we need to provide while closing defects. Jira Align should improve the ease of use for developers.
    Top Answer:Our clients use Jira Align for new development and defect tracking.
    Top Answer:The transparency that it brings is valuable. I like to look at things from all angles, and sometimes, flip chart paper on a wall and sticky notes are better than something on a screen, but the way… more »
    Top Answer:I don't believe there are any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
    Top Answer:In terms of my impression of the flexibility of the Board Layout Editor, overall, my experience is great. I don't know if I'm using it the right way, but there are some things that I would rather… more »
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    Planview LeanKit, LeanKit
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    Jira Align is a cloud-based agile planning tool designed to help enterprises visualize, manage, and carry out large-scale software and IT projects. Jira Align’s features are designed to align the activities of your company’s development team with the overall goals of the organization by helping you achieve the following results:

    • Connect and coordinate enterprise-level business teams.
    • Make your entire enterprise’s work visible to drive and improve business outcomes.
    • Improve product quality with a fully aligned organization.
    • Shorten delivery cycles by increasing operational efficiency.

    With Jira Align’s integration with Jira Software, businesses can simplify governing large-scale software development efforts by translating their strategy and goals into the technical execution and delivery of work.

    Jira Align uses the aggregated data from Jira Software to produce reports on every aspect of the development process. Product stakeholders are granted immediate visibility into the progress that has been made and can easily identify delays and their causes.

    The solution also assists in budget planning by assigning expenses to various work items and giving management real-time insights into ongoing expenditures and performance against set budgets.

    Jira Align Features

    Some of the top features and benefits of using Jira Align include:

    • Strategy management: Jira Align provides a clear visualization of where your enterprise is holding via strategic snapshots. The snapshot helps guide teams throughout the product. With the snapshot in view, it becomes easier to see and track the goals your company wants to carry out.
    • Progress monitoring: View a progress bar that provides indication of the level of completeness of your projects. The interface is populated with live data, which assists with planning and execution reporting.
    • Reporting and metrics: Jira Align creates valuable insights using the aggregated data it collects, ensuring that changes are tracked across teams and results are made visible early on in the process. These metrics allow managers to quickly determine what actions need to be taken.
    • Scalability: Jira Align is designed to work within organizations with hundreds of technical staff members and it can scale to support tens of thousands of users.
    • Backlogs and workflows: Effectively manage your work utilizing backlogs and workflow boards.
    • Customizable dashboard: Lay out key data points to help management keep tabs on important items. Easily make decisions based on active live consolidated data along with forecasting, risk tracking reports, and more. To help lower risks, Jira Align provides you with a visualization of program cross dependencies. It also displays a comprehensive view of resource utilization across projects, and highlights inefficiencies so that they can be resolved quickly.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Jira Align stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its program-level planning options and its reporting capabilities.

    A project manager at a consultancy notes, “I like how things can be sorted out, and it shows the different objectives one can do. You could also create a team view that would allow your team to see work outcomes. Jira Align also helps with the reporting, because we can export data to Excel or another format.”

    Planview AgilePlace is a cloud-based solution designed to provide businesses with a continuous flow of work to help teams accelerate delivery times by visualizing their work with enterprise Kanban boards and lean metrics. Planview offers project managers the visibility, resource management, and real-time analytics necessary to help their teams reduce bottlenecks and dependencies and work more effectively. By using Kanban boards, teams are able to visually track and manage the flow of their work from the strategy level, through implementation up to end-product delivery.

    Planview AgilePlace Benefits

    Planview helps teams to smoothly implement their strategies by offering its users the following benefits:

    • Time and cost management: Planview AgilePlace software provides a single pane of glass for you to monitor your project’s timetables, financial budgets, and costs. AgilePlace provides insights on cost estimates and helps your team reduce the risk of overspending or missing deadlines.
    • Effective resource allocation: By displaying a real-time view into both your future demands and current processes, Planview AgilePlace software offers resource management capabilities that enable you to effectively prioritize, schedule, and optimize your resource utilization.
    • Project management: Collaborate with your team to plan, manage, and deliver any type of project, either traditional, agile, or hybrid, using Planview AgilePlace’s project management toolset. The management feature set includes scheduling, Gantt charts, lifecycle management, time tracking, and more tools to help enhance project planning and implementation.
    • Real-time data and insights: Gain visibility for better decision making and more effective team dynamics. Plainview AgilePlace's flexible and intuitive dashboards and out-of-the-box reporting give a clear picture of the status of your projects and resources. The solution’s interactive visualizations deliver real-time data and insights for your projects and can be viewed by department, program, portfolio, or project, to assist you in making informed decisions.
    • Simplified logging: Track times, expenditures, and resources to avoid data loss and to help align business practices and goals.
    • Share your projects across the globe: Planview’s cloud-based solutions allow teams to work together from any time at any place using Planview’s shared central dashboard.
    • Powerful integrations: Automate the flow of information between Planview AgilePlace and external applications by seamlessly integrating with third-party software. AgilePlace’s open API can also be used to configure connections to other software systems. AgilePlace easily integrates with tools such as:

      • Microsoft Azure DevOps
      • Zapier
      • Atlassian Jira Service Management
      • Atlassian Jira Software
      • Micro Focus ALM
      • Zendesk
      • Microsoft Power Automate
      • Micro Focus PPM

    Reviews from Real Users

    Planview AgilePlace stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its user-friendly management pane, the visibility that it provides for its users, and its agile management capabilities.

    A manufacturing manager at a large manufacturing company writes, “Using the tool seems to save time versus trying to do things in a regular manner. It is highly collaborative; everybody can see things in one place. It is a highly functional, but pretty simple tool. That is hard to find: A tool that has a lot of functions, but is also simple.”

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    Sample Customers
    Anthem, nielsen, Homeland Security, NCR, dimension data
    REA Group, Thompson Reuters
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Maritime Company8%
    Financial Services Firm28%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Manufacturing Company36%
    Non Profit18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm9%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Insurance Company13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Company Size
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Buyer's Guide
    Jira Align vs. Planview AgilePlace
    September 2023
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    Jira Align is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 20 reviews while Planview AgilePlace is ranked 8th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 7 reviews. Jira Align is rated 8.0, while Planview AgilePlace is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Jira Align writes "Creates visibility, has lots of reports, and removes silos". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Planview AgilePlace writes "Intuitive, brings transparency, and does a great job of making the Kanban process accessible". Jira Align is most compared with JIRA Portfolio, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Targetprocess and Rally Software, whereas Planview AgilePlace is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Rally Software, JIRA Portfolio and AgileCraft. See our Jira Align vs. Planview AgilePlace report.

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