In order to demonstrate value with Jira Align and get a return on your investment (ROI) in 90 days, it’s not solely dependent on your ability to roll out Jira Align to your teams. It’s also dependent on your organization identifying and delivering on business outcomes (think increasing predictability, shortening time to market, improving customer satisfaction…).
Prior to coming to Atlassian, I was a customer. We were able to get $6M in cost savings while increasing monthly delivery by ~42%, across our first 3 portfolios in less than a year. We removed waste from systems of delivery, improved transparency and delivery flow, while maintaining headcount and quality.
Prior to implementing Jira Align, my employer wanted to hire more teams in order to deliver on forecasted commitments. Based on past performance, leadership knew they didn’t have enough capacity relative to demand. I had a hypothesis that we didn’t need to hire more people. Instead, we needed to focus capacity on the right things and we'd use Jira Align to help accomplish this.
The cost savings within 90 days was derived from not needing to hire the additional 5 teams ($1.2M each annual) that leadership wanted. The ~42% monthly delivery increase happened over time and was derived by increased delivery rates over the baseline timeline.
For me, it was critical to understand the current state of the system of delivery, in order to quantify improvements that were needed. It was equally important to make this about money. If you can show how Jira Align is going to save your organization money, it can buy you time on your implementation. Certainly, everyone wants to talk about increasing value delivered versus the number of things delivered but it’s easier to calculate the average cost of something than its value. Stick to what you can quantify early on and show your math. I found it easier to show cost savings and time savings.
Getting a baseline early provided us with the greatest delta, once changes started to happen. These are some quantitative measures I used to measure backlogs, teams, and product delivery
Certainly, your outcomes may vary from mine. But, with an outcome-driven plan with quantifiable measures instrumented early, and a clear improvement strategy, you can absolutely get a return on your investment in 90 days.
Derek HuetherAtlassian Team
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