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Get to know Jira Align: FAQ

What is Jira Align?

Jira Align is an Enterprise Agile Planning platform that connects work to product, program and portfolio management at scale. It connects and brings together all that data together harmoniously so that you can get real-time, fully informed reporting across your organization.

 

How is it different from Jira?

While Jira connects teams to each other, Jira Align connects teams to the business. Large enterprise organizations use it to ensure that teams can have the right visibility into realtime product roadmaps, portfolio plans, dependencies, and much more.

 

Does it integrate with Jira?

Yes. 80% of Jira Align customers use Jira at the team level, so our integration is proven to work at scale and perform robustly in the long term with years-long installations. The integration goes well beyond simple field mapping - there is logic built in that detects anomalies and sync options that allow the customer to handle inconsistent user practices.

 

How is Jira Align different from Portfolio?

Jira Align helps you solve your business agility challenges, by connecting strategy to execution and measurement of outcomes. It’s built to help you improve value delivery to customers at every level of the organization, across many programs and portfolios. It’s the only solution on the market that can be configured to support your choice of framework, including custom or hybrid ones. Jira Align takes you beyond real-time visibility into the work and towards true enterprise evolution and transformation.

Portfolio for Jira helps you visualize the work happening in Jira Software. It’s a great fit for teams of agile teams, up to the program level. It helps you create a realistic plan, manage dependencies, manage capacity and share a visual roadmap of future releases.

 

What are the benefits of Jira Align?

Jira Align connects your business strategy to technical execution while providing real-time visibility. It allows enterprises to aggregate team-level data and makes all work visible across your enterprise in real-time. All layers of scale are connected, and everyone can get on the same page to determine scope, roadmaps and dependencies across teams and portfolios. You can easily connect strategic investments with customer value created in order to drive outcomes faster and more reliably.

 

How secure and scalable is Jira Align?

It was purpose-built for scale, designed to accommodate organizations the size of customers such as AT&T, Anthem and Fidelity. Our cloud architecture scales on demand, providing consistent performance and reliability. For organizations with specific security and compliance requirements, private cloud options are also available. Our data centers utilize the latest industry standards to implement the highest levels of physical, network, server, and application security. We provide data redundancy measures and thorough information security policies to ensure the integrity of your data. Our infrastructure and certified data centers have all passed the same stringent security audits applied at top financial service institutions around the world.

 

What scaled agile frameworks does Jira Align support?

It offers out of the box support for all the most popular scaling frameworks such as SAFe, Scrum@Scale, Spotify, LeSS and more. It also allows configuration of custom, internally developed frameworks. Terminology can be customized to accommodate custom or hybrid models.

 

What reporting does Jira Align offer?

Out of the box, Jira Align offers over 150 reports that we’ve designed over the years that specifically cater to our customers' every need. From traditional agile team metrics to lean portfolio value insights, the majority of the reports you need are already built for you. For deeper insights, we offer a business intelligence solution that allows you to mash up data with other data sources using Tableau, Spotfire, or other popular visualization solutions.

 

What size organizations are the best fit for Jira Align?

Enterprise organizations of over 1,000 people are generally the best fit for Jira Align. You may also be a good fit for Jira Align if you:

  • Are working to align the work of teams, programs, and portfolios

  • Are working with leadership to standardize tooling and reporting across many agile teams (50+)

  • Would like to visualize and align the work of multiple programs or ARTs across your organization

  • Are connecting the work of teams to strategy and funding at the portfolio level

  • Are using a scaled agile framework or are creating your own to enable an agile/digital transformation


Who are the typical users of Jira Align, and what are the benefits specific to these roles?

  • Portfolio managers: Allows them to communicate the value of funding strategic initiatives to investors, analysts, and employees

  • Executives: Connects strategy to execution to drive enterprise value of your high-level mission and vision

  • Delivery teams: Enables them to execute against sprint work that tracks back to your company’s high-level strategy

  • Program Managers and RTEs: Ensures programs run smoothly and resources are perfectly allocated for on-time delivery

  • Product managers: Can manage idea intake, prioritize the feature backlog, and track progress with real-time roadmaps

  • Transformation teams: Drive digital transformation with a framework customized to scale agile in your enterprise

 

How much does it cost to purchase a Jira Align license?

Because Jira Align is used in larger organizations, pricing has a different structure than Jira. You can find out more about Jira Align pricing here.

 

How do I get a demo or trial of Jira Align?

Jira Align currently offers a guided trial experience called Launchpad. Based on your role, Launchpad introduces you to key tasks in Jira Align through a series of overview videos and detailed step-by-step simulations. Then, you can try it live with your teammates, using the sample data we’ve provided, or by creating your own demo data. Sign up here.

To view a recorded video overview demonstration of Jira Align, sign up here.

2 comments

Hello,
According to the description, a very interesting product, tell me if there is a server version? I did not find prices for the server on the site

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Shana Atlassian Team Sep 03, 2019

Hi @Yevhen Rohovets, welcome and thanks for your question!

Jira Align is a SaaS product, and the is not an on-premise Server version at this time. However, Jira Align integrates very well with Server and Data Center versions of Jira Software for top-to-bottom visibility and connectivity of teams.

Are there specific use cases or requirements you'd be looking for with a server version of the product?

Thanks!

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