The purpose of this blog post is to point out briefly what else is out there – and I will probably keep adding onto this blog post as I learn more about PM products’ offerings. Feel free to DM me on LinkedIn or email me (see Contact Info on my LinkedIn Profile) with any suggestions for content.
Let’s briefly step outside of the Atlassian tools. They have – in my opinion and experience – a plethora of tools from which you can select. In the image below, you see all of the products: Jira Software, Jira Align, Jira Core, Jira Service Desk, Opsgenie, Statuspage, Confluence, Trello, and integration for tools such as Bitbucket, Sourcetree, Bamboo (plus Atlassian Access and Crowd which I won’t even address because I haven’t heard of them yet and may blog about later). But aren’t you curious what else is out there? I was.
It all started with my job search approximately one month after being laid off on July 13th, 2020. I was avidly reading every Jira Administration, Project Management, Project Coordinator and Scrum Master job opportunity that was available; plus attending online networking events. Looking for the next career is a full time job!! And then some…
I typically asked an interviewer what products they use or would recommend for me to review. I am just scratching the surface here!
Microsoft Team Foundation Server
I’ve reviewed Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) in this ~30min video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61B_pL7Uj0Q and it looks and operates a LOT like Jira Software with initiatives, epics, features and so on. It has a templates and dashboards a Project Manager can quickly wrap their head around.
Next was Aha! where I found a good bunch of videos on their website here: https://www.aha.io/support/roadmaps/videos (all) , but here is the overview: https://www.aha.io/support/roadmaps/videos/setup/getting-started-with-aha
They are focused on the Why (or Strategy), the When (or Releases) and What (the Work and Planning). What stood out to me was the Roadmap part of it which seemed to be easily configurable. I have yet to dig deeper in to Aha! Please provide your feedback if you have experience to compare/contrast it to others.
At first glance, the overview seemed to oversimplify the Story creation/closing process in this short video: https://www.pivotaltracker.com/help/articles/quick_start/. I did appreciate the planning part presented in the first video outlining the work by iterations with story point limits. It seemed simpler than Jira, but then again, I don’t know how much time it took to set up the tool. As a Jira Admin, I can appreciate all of the backend work it takes to get a project rolling smoothly; lots of iterations.
Any other PM Tools? I will most likely add a more info link to each of the above as I learn more about each of them.