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Introducing Jira Align!

Hi Atlassian Community!

We're so excited to welcome Jira Align (formerly AgileCraft) to the Atlassian family.

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We expect you'll have lots of questions about the Jira Align platform, how it fits into the broader Jira product family, and what problems it can help you solve.

We're here to help! Below are some frequently asked questions about Jira Align, Portfolio for Jira, and more. 

What is Jira Align?

Jira Align connects business strategy to customer outcomes at enterprise scale. It helps:

  • Make work visible at enterprise scale

  • Gets all teams aligned (and keeps them aligned) across an enterprise

  • Maximizes outcomes, driving value and accelerating digital strategy

Is Jira Align or Portfolio for Jira better for my needs?

“Scaled agile” is a huge problem space. Atlassian’s philosophy is to guide, not prescribe, as organizations evolve their agile approach.

There are multiple parts of the Atlassian agile product family, including Jira Software, Jira Align, Confluence, and Marketplace apps.

Portfolio for Jira is best for:

Jira Align is best for:

  • 4-20 teams

  • Single tribe with a single goal or OKRs

  • On a single instance of Jira

  • It’s about organic growth from Jira

  • Targeted at 1K + orgs

  • Multiple Jira instances and potentially other team tools

  • Visibility at entire enterprise scale

Do Portfolio for Jira and Jira Align work together? Are they integrated?

Today, Jira Align and Portfolio for Jira are only integrated in that they both can pull from the same source of truth data in a Jira instance.

Portfolio for Jira is more tightly aligned to and integrated with Jira today, as it is an app for Jira. Customers who begin using Portfolio for Jira can expect a very familiar end-user experience.

Jira Align is a separately managed solution that is cloud-based. It will begin to feel more familiar to the Atlassian portfolio as integration into the product portfolio continues.

Today, Portfolio for Jira capabilities, such as roadmaps, are not integrated with Jira Align. However, we will look for opportunities to more tightly align Portfolio to Jira Align so that customers can grow more seamlessly from one product to the other.

Will anything change with Portfolio for Jira in light of the Jira Align announcement?

Portfolio for Jira remains a priority for the Atlassian team. Currently, Portfolio for Jira and AgileCraft (now Jira Align) solve agile at scale problems different use cases and organization sizes. In the future, we will work towards an integration between Jira Align and Portfolio that lets customers seamlessly scale up from Portfolio to Jira Align in a bottoms-up adoption model.

Why is AgileCraft rebranded to Jira Align?

This new name is inspired by the alignment, flow, and connection inherent in the product. The decision to anchor in Jira was an intentional one, given its role around agile and the inherent alignment with the Jira customer base. We’re putting Jira at the center of teamwork, and positioning Jira Align as the de-facto solution for our largest customers to scale their agile success.

9 comments

James Bullock Apr 26, 2019 • edited Apr 27, 2019

Not bad. Was wondering how the integration would proceed, and how quickly. Nice start. Not that you asked, but... interesting choice.

  • I was (and am) impressed with the AgileCraft acquisition: complementary products, but also positioning.
  • "Enterprise Agility", and the notion of roll-up of less-directed efforts into governance and strategy has bedeviled the "Agile" folks for a while.(*) And everybody else, approximately forever.
  • Intriguing choice to use the "Jira" positioning, contra "Enterprise Agility." I'm curious whether there is sales-cycle and conversion data indicating this way in works, vs. attempts at strategic-level entry more hitting a wall.

The problem has always been direct-down to keep on track vs. roll-up to steer by. With larger, faster information systems the near-real-time connection from granular ad hock ops to strategic aggregates can be automated. Even very large organizations in dollars or market cap can operate for a time as "entrepreneur with helpers", but are bandwidth-limited on the complexity they can handle. They are brittle.

You can give people more freedom if you can notice sooner when they're doing something dangerous. (Dangerous choices directed above cause a different kind of problem, say strategically casual disregard for privacy commitments made to users & gratuitous spreading of their data can cost you, $30 billion. Hypothetically, of course.)

The wrangling of Atlassian product suite, and how the company chooses to address its customers and market continues to impress. (Still not a fan of he move to Amazon cloud hosting, though I get the reasons why.)

(*)They were entertaining when Deloitte came out with a big chart of "The Agile Landscape." First, if you're gonna make a gaggle of insider-terms so you are important, somebody's gonna get on your band-wagon n claim they're smart about the insider-terms too. Second, as many of the "Agile" consultancy groups found out, working in the nerd pool does not position you to give peer strategy consulting to Mahogany Row. Given AgileCraft's book of business and perspective, one wonders if they are a way into Mahogany Row, which the "Jira" branding would work against.

John D Patton Apr 26, 2019

For me ...If a product does not scale - it is not very agile. Should not matter if you have a few teams or hundreds - roll up should be the same elemental process. A tool written for enterprise implies a lack of adaptability by definition.  

I have used Jira Software for 40 users and for 10,000 - same simple flows and process. 

Wansze Kong May 01, 2019

After reviewing the article, there was mention of Jira Align being a separately managed solution that is cloud-based.  Are any plans to make a non-cloud based version for this solution?

Scott Boisvert May 02, 2019

With align being cloud based, will it work with Jira Server?

Akmal Fazleen May 07, 2019 • edited

@Shana Rusonis this was a confusing article to read!

Just look at this quote extracted from above - see the underlined words:

Today, Jira Align and Portfolio for Jira are only integrated in that they both can pull from the same source of truth data in a Jira instance.

Portfolio for Jira is more tightly aligned to and integrated with Jira today, as it is an app for Jira. Customers who begin using Portfolio for Jira can expect a very familiar end-user experience.

Jira Align is a separately managed solution that is cloud-based. It will begin to feel more familiar to the Atlassian portfolio as integration into the product portfolio continues.

Today, Portfolio for Jira capabilities, such as roadmaps, are not integrated with Jira Align. However, we will look for opportunities to more tightly align Portfolio to Jira Align so that customers can grow more seamlessly from one product to the other.

Antonio Pedro May 15, 2019

When "Jira Align" will be available for a beta / trial version?

Scott Boisvert May 15, 2019

@Antonio Pedro It's available. You can get a 7 Day trial with one 7 Day extension.  Contact Scott Blacker at sblacker@atlassian.com. I found his contact information on recorded webinar on Jira Align that he did in April.

https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/534906/Jira%20Align%20Product%20Demo%20April%202019.mp4

Jamal Walsh May 24, 2019

Looks pretty interesting.

Mohammed Amine Community Leader May 26, 2019

Will partners have access to demo instances in order to gain more experience in this new product? 

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