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Wondering about the differences between Jira vs Jira Align? Jira and Jira Align are two different software products. Although they share a similar name and are used together, they do very different things and their architecture and history have nothing in common. Jira is a project management tool that works at the level of a team. Jira Align works on a larger scale. It co-ordinates the work of multiple teams towards achieving common objectives set by the organisation. It connects to Jira and, using data from Jira, tracks progress against objectives at the level of Programs, Portfolios and the Enterprise.

In summary, Jira is the industry leading agile project management tool, superb at supporting the work of individual teams. Jira Align works on a larger scale. It connects to Jira and co-ordinates the work of multiple agile teams towards a set of common goals. It fulfils the need of large organisations to co-ordinate their teams. As software becomes ever more important to businesses and organisations in every sphere of activity, and software development budgets grow from year to year, it is becoming increasingly important for organisations to be able to control and optimise that investment. Jira Align does just that, and in the process allows them to prioritise the most valuable projects and bring products and services to market faster and more predictably. That is why Jira Align is valuable.



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