BlogBigAgile vs Jira

30 July 2022

So you’ve got Jira or AzureDevOps (or any other team tooling solution).

Why on earth would you need BigAgile?

Turns out, there are quite a few key elements of delivery that BigAgile can help you with over and above what can be done with a team tooling solution. All the below core BigAgile functionality is either impossible to do, requires significant manual workarounds, or a number of expensive plugins in Jira

✅ Single, holistic view of entire programme delivery in one screen
✅ Shows RAG status of features based on when they were planned to be released vs when they will actually be released
✅ Shows completeness of features as a percentage based on stories or story points
✅ Shows dependencies between features, dependencies between stories and features, and dependencies to milestones
✅ Tracks Milestones and linked features and dependencies. Able to view status of all Milestones work items in single view
✅ Shows you difference between original plan and current status and your predicted completion sprints
✅ Work can quickly be filtered by product, project or team
✅ Shows objectives to measure outcomes, not just outputs and these can be synced to Features
✅ Integrated Risk management capabilities
Unlimited users
✅ Summarises the programme in real-time so leadership do not need reports created … no powerpoint creation needed!
✅ Shows a burn-up chart of total programme scope vs progress against this across multiple teams and multiple sprints
✅ Product roadmap based on current capacity to forecast realistic delivery dates. Can forecast multiple quarters based on actual work delivered.
Integrated prioritisation – can prioritise the feature roadmap in the tool without requiring excel. For example WSJF, MosCow, etc
A single view of features and their status for all teams in the programme.  Can be filtered by Programme, Team, Product, Status
✅ Anyone in the organisation can create Features, without needing a Jira license (allows for live backlogs)
✅ Provides an overview of the portfolio: number of programmes, number of teams, number of features … with MI on each.
✅ Shows cycle time of features across all stages of the product pipeline
✅ Shows WIP and context switching at the programme level
✅ Snapshot of feature progression for each feature:
* percentage to do
* percentage in progress
* percentage done
✅ Shows and highlights scope creep across the programme
* by feature
* by team
* by product
✅ Calculates and displays flow metrics across the programme:
* Flow Load (WIP by issue type)
* Flow Distribution (percentage of work per month by issue type)
* Flow time (Time to close by issue type)
* Flow Velocity (number of issue types completed over a particular time)
✅ Tracks progress of features against the organisational OKRs
✅ True hierarchy beyond the team levels
✅ Single view across multiple instances of Jira (on prem and cloud) and Azure Devops to aggregate the delivery view into one
✅ Can see snapshots of the programme data for each historical quarter

We’re not saying BigAgile will change your life … but it will definitely make it a whole lot easier!

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