Jira vs. Rally for Agile Project Management

Posted by Neil Zawacki
Neil Zawacki
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on Friday, 20 April 2012 in Comparz Blog

Jira and Rally and two top agile project management solutions for robust project managment. How do theses two products compare with each other?

The Features

The feature set is fairly comparable between the two products. Jira has more than 150 features and includes everything from bug and issue tracking to web application testing to pre-built project reporting. Rally offers a similar number of features, with a special emphasis on agile program management and platform integrations. It largely comes down to a tie between them for the most part.


Both applications can be thoroughly customized in different ways. Rally offers a full-featured Ruby toolkit and an extensive application SDK and component library for developers. It also uses an enterprise integrations framework so data can be easily synchronized with enterprise tools. Jira takes a slightly more basic approach to customization and provides a visual workflow designer that can shape the different processes or create entirely new ones to meet your needs.


The pricing for Rally is fairly straightforward. The Enterprise Edition is $35/user/month and supports an unlimited number of users and teams. This edition also supports functions like PPM integrations and requirements management. The Unlimited Edition is $49/user/month and boasts extra features like agile portfolio management and time tracking. Both of these editions require at least a one year commitment.

Jira meanwhile has a dynamic pricing system that scales to the overall number of users at the company. The first ten users are a flat fee of $10/month, while 11-15 users raise the price to $50/month. The pricing then increases by different iterations and finally reaches a peak of $1000/month for 501-2000 users. This might seem like a lot, but it ultimately breaks down to just $2-4 per user.


Jira and Rally both integrate with a wide variety of third party-applications. Rally can integrate with Oracle Primavera, Anthill Pro, Planisware, and Bugzilla. Jira meanwhile integrates with applications like Zendesk, Get Satisfaction, and Zephyr. They both integrate seamlessly with Saleforce.com.

Hear What Users Have to Say

For user reviews of Rally click here and for user reviews of Jira click here.

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Neil Zawacki is a freelance writer with more than ten years of professional experience. He has written two books and numerous how-to guides, technical articles, news stories, blog posts, and more.


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