Jira comes in three flavors: Jira Core focuses on collaborative environments, workflow, employee processing and project tracking via customizable business project templates. The second, Jira Software, specifically targets agile development teams in planning, tracking and releasing software. The third, Jira Service Desk, designed for IT help desks, assists customers and IT personnel with managing incidents and issues.
Jira operates both locally and in the cloud, making it ideal for small companies, as companion mobile apps for iOS and Android expand its reach and utility. Jira offers vast functionality on its own, but it can achieve even greater productivity with apps – plugins that are geared to specific aspects of your workflow.
The Atlassian Marketplace lists thousands of Jira apps from various developers spanning project management, IT and help desk services, integrations, time tracking, and more. We picked out nine broad-based favorites that benefit a broad range of small businesses.
You can view and analyze multiple projects at once, aided by critical path, baseline, lag time, auto scheduling and custom markers. With an easy drag-and-drop and inline editing interface that syncs to any Jira field, with BigGantt, you can create and organize tasks on your chart, and use customized views like wide, normal, compact or JQL (Jira Query Language) quick filters to monitor updates and schedules.
Lucidchart Diagrams Connector for Jira
It works with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android, so team members can jump right in wherever they are. In addition to Jira server and cloud, Lucidchart integrates with Confluence, G Suite, and Microsoft Office. It imports and exports Visio files and works with Gliffy and OmniGraffle files. The add-on also features layers and hotspots for diagrams, wireframes, and mockups. A presentation mode converts drawings to slides.
Slack Jira Integration
You can view a complete Slack channel discussion within the Jira issue tab. You can also send and filter notifications (by priority, component, resolution, labels, status, type, assignee, reporter, epic and sprint) to a Slack channel by system, project or issue, with support for JQL and private channels.
Time Reports for Jira
The add-on manages scheduled issues per project and is limited to project administrators by default, but additional permissions are available. The add-on works for both cloud and server Jira versions.
Insight – Asset Management for Jira
Its features include importers and automation; unlimited assets, attributes, and reference; a graphical explorer; printing QR codes and labels; advanced custom fields and workflow functions; permissions; and Impact analyses with Insight Query Language.
Work Time Calendar for Jira
With this add-on, you can plan work schedules, review time reporting and configure time sheet fields. To process work records, just export them to Excel or another spreadsheet. You can configure Google calendar integration and view assorted Google events alongside Jira work logs and create Jira work records based on Google calendar schedules.
InVision for Jira
When you add an InVision share link to your Jira issue, you get access to an inline prototype along with links to the full size, comments, and Inspect, a comprehensive design view that includes measurements, colors, and asset export. Both design and details stay up to date and synced with your project.