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Jira Align Features for Agile Portfolio Management

Feb 4, 2020 1:30:00 PM

Are you an enterprise company looking for a tool to support your Agile processes at scale? Do you find that you've grown beyond the capabilities of Portfolio for Jira? Announced during Atlassian's 2019 Summit, Jira Align is the latest addition to Atlassian's Jira product family with all of these concerns in mind. Jira Align is jammed packed with features that will make Business Owners, Program Managers, and all other planning people rejoice by providing a tool that is designed with Scaled Agile Best practices in mind (SAFe, DaD, LeSS). Below are some of the key features that will make planning and tracking easier than ever before.
Portfolio Strategy Management

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Jira Align provides top down alignment by providing a visualization of what the business is doing through Strategic Snapshots. Gone are the days where the mission, vision, and value are created and forgotten until the next planning cycle. The Snapshot becomes a one stop shop for setting the company's "Why" which is displayed as a button throughout the product. Now, it's easy to see and track the goals the company is marching towards. 
Backlogs and Workflows to Keep Big Items on Track

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Effectively manage your biggest work items (Epics/Initiatives) utilizing Backlogs and Kanban boards. Similar to Jira, global ranking is applied so the most important items are at the top. 
Roadmaps 

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Understand what your PI looks like and the number of stories that will be worked in each sprint. Progress bar shading provides indication of the level of completeness. The Roadmap is populated with live information which takes its use beyond planning and into execution reporting. 
Program Boards to Guide Execution 

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Big Room Planning is a big deal. Ensuring that all the Initiatives, Objectives, Dependencies, and Risks are captured and agreed upon is a full time job, but is vital to the success of the planning meeting. Jira Align recognizes the importance and provides the Program Board feature that allows for Teams to see these critical touch points in an easy layout. The Program Board, like all reports, is constantly updated with the latest information so teams and management can stay on top of the plan as it's being executed. 
Ultimate Customizable Dashboard aka Program Room 

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The Program Room is an information radiator of the health of the project. This one stop shop is a customizable dashboard laying out key data points that will help management keep tabs on what's important to them. Now decisions can be made on active live data without the need to collect data from disparate sources. 
Time to get Aligned!
These five features are barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Jira Align can do for organizations. This is a feature-rich product designed for Enterprise Business who are ready to take the next step in scaling their agile practice. Not sure where to start? No worries - we have you covered! Praecipio Consulting is ready to provide services around agile transformations and implementing Jira Align solutions that will get everyone moving in the same direction. 

Written by Brian Nye

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