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Jun 01

How to locate the best Gantt chart plugin for Jira?

Best fitting Gantt chart for Jira, puzzleIs it features, price, or perhaps a vendor’s reputation? How to select the best Gantt chart for Jira for your organization? Don’t fall into the trap of choosing a cheap plugin. To navigate to the best Gantt chart, look at features, but also prospects of an Atlassian vendor.

I cannot stress enough how important regular releases are. No matter how pretty a Gantt chart looks, plugins that don’t get updated a few times per year should be approached with caution. Consider this: what if a vendor has a pretty refined app, but they have switched to the harvest mode now? Once Atlassian upgrades Jira, or you need a custom-made feature for your Gantt plugin, you could get trapped.



Gantt chart + Scope + Roadmaps + Board + Calendar + Risks + Reports

Gantt Cloud GanttChart Project for Jira – Enterprise GanttPRO Gantt-Chart for Jira

Structure .Gantt

extension for Structure

Gantt Suite for Jira WBS Gantt-chart for Jira
Vendor SoftwarePlant SoftwarePlant WISOFT Soyatec GanttPRO Frank Polscheit ALM Works BrizoIT Ricksoft, Inc.
Jira Cloud yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Server yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Data Center yes yes yes yes yes yes
# of active instances 8864 11 082 1819 687 1259 4474 1338 5563
Marketplace rating
/# of reviews
# of releases (I – V 2021)
~how actively an app is developed
7 7 0 2 2 6 1
Launched 2015 2014 2011 2010 2018 2020 2013
Atlassian Marketplace Bug Bounty Program
Partner allows security researchers to test app for security vulnerabilities
yes yes yes yes yes
Price Cloud 100 users user/month $1.25 $2.8 $0.45 $6
$1.5 – Professional Edition
$8.9 or less $1 $1 + $0.6
requires Structure for Jira
$1 $1.25
Price Data Center 100 users annually $1250 $2250 $8400
$1000 – Professional Edition.
You can request a free license for Jira Server
$750 $2000 + $1000
requires Structure for Jira
free $1000
Gantt chart features
What-if scenarios
before you commit changes to a schedule
yes yes
Issue links (end-to-start, end-to-end, etc.)
these constraints have the power to influence the schedule
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Soft dependency links
an arrow between two tasks is evident, but it won’t interfere with the schedule
yes yes
Baselines yes yes yes yes yes yes
on Server and Data Center
yes yes
Resource management yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Customize column views yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Filter views yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
by issue type
on Cloud
Color tasks manually yes yes yes yes

An effort was made to gather accurate data, but these apps are sometimes incomparable. Data current at the time of writing. Help improve the table – e-mail marketing (a)

Subtle signs that indicate good Gantt addons

How to detect a decent Gantt chart plugin? Actively developed add-ons exhibit these subtle signs:

  • Slides on Atlassian Marketplace show late Jira interface
  • A plugin has been on the market for a relatively short period, but it is packed with features
  • Keep a sharp eye on how fresh, modern the user interface is
  • Look for settled, multi-employee vendors

What does a model Gantt chart look like?

Pictured is what we consider the best, at least mature, Gantt chart for Jira. This look & feel is available in BigGantt and BigPicture. The new Gantt chart debuted in version 8 of our software and has a sleek design, excellent user experience, and long-demanded new features:

  • what-if scenarios – test before you commit changes to the schedule
  • soft dependencies (issue links) – as opposed to classic, “hard” dependencies, soft links are represented by arrows, but they are not in power to reschedule anything
  • and the hideable right-side panel sheds more light on a task – lists milestones, overdue tasks, and dependencies
Best Gantt chart for Jira, BigGantt, BigPicture

New Gantt chart in BigGantt 8 and BigPicture 8 has what-if scenarios, soft dependencies (they don’t affect the schedule), and the collapsible ‘See the context of a task’ panel.


About The Author

With his automotive background Marcin goes beyond the 'Jira + software development' standard. He likes simple, up-to-five-sentence answers to complex questions.