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Jul 28

BigPicture Enterprise for Jira to Take Over the Market. Here’s Why

BigPicture Enterprise place in the portfolio

More and more users are choosing BigPicture Enterprise. You don’t need to be big! Think ‘Premium‘ rather than ‘massive’. Flexibility and customizability are key benefits for the small and medium businesses who bet on the Enterprise edition of the most popular PPM app for Jira. Why did they decide to upgrade from BigPicture or even BigGantt? What are the highlights, pricing, and prospects of BigPicture Enterprise?

There are two key advantages of BigPicture Enterprise:


Jira admin or an independent consultant can tailor the app to the unique needs of their organization.

Can’t the users of the regular BigPicture tailor the app to their needs? They can do it on the fly, only when a project, or another Box, is already in place.

BigPicture Enterprise lets an Atlassian Partner, an independent consultant, or a Jira admin preset views before any member of the, say, Agile project Box type (family) is even created; this has to do with an unlimited number of Box types available in BigPicture Enterprise, while the regular BigPicture has just three Box type slots, and they are usually Program, Program Increment, and Iteration.

Wouldn’t it be great to have Classic, Agile, and Hybrid projects predefined with different views, quick filters, and color keys? BigPicture Enterprise can be tailored to any organization’s unique needs.

Example 1: Gantt module can have a predefined view listing epics with their corresponding epic links. See figure 2.

Example 2: Scope module (work breakdown structure) can have a preset view listing features together with market segments these features target.

Example 3: Gantt module can have predefined quick filters, such as ‘business user stories’ and ‘technical user stories’ for each newly created ‘SAFe ART’ Box. See figure 2.

Example 4: Roadmap module can have color-coded objectives, such as green for expanding business geographically, red for those contributing to cost optimization, and blue – for revenue opportunities. Have a look at figure 3.



Box-level Roadmap configuration

Figure 3. In BigPicture Enterprise you can color-code objective categories on a per-Box type basis. Looking at the left menu, note that Roadmap module was renamed to ‘Objectives’ and Gantt module was relabeled to ‘Roadmap’. Module renaming is another BigPicture Enterprise feature.


Let’s move to the second key advantage of BigPicture Enterprise.


No features in BigPicture Enterprise are capped.

Example 5: thanks to no limit on the number of Box types, BigPicture Enterprise supports hybrid project management. We estimate that 80% of all organizations employ the mixed – agile-and-waterfall – approach. Since BigPicture Enterprise has an unlimited number of Box types, you can blend agile projects, classic projects, ARTs, phases, iterations, and whatever beings your methodology calls for. You can even host multiple portfolios in BigPicture Enterprise, as opposed to the regular BigPicture, which only has Programs, Program Increments, and Iterations.

Example 6: BigPicture Enterprise has no cap on the number of what-if scenarios, available in the Gantt and Resources modules. The regular BigPicture allows one public + one private scenario per Box.

Example 7: BigPicture Enterprise will soon provide an unlimited number of charts in the Reports module, while the regular BigPicture may have its limits in the area. In the future, BigPicture Enterprise will have advanced reports, such as Velocity report, Risk matrix report, Resource allocation report, etc.

Who is BigPicture Enterprise for?

As a rule of thumb, each and every organization is better off with BigPicture Enterprise than it is with BigPicture. Other than the two aforementioned key advantages of BigPicture Enterprise, minor enterprise-level features, such as ‘See overall/cross-project allocation of resources’ dot modules, see the datasheet comparison. Choose BigPicture Enterprise, even if you run a small corporation.

Take this short test. If at least one answer is ‘Yes’, you will benefit from BigPicture Enterprise.

  1. Do you run both Project and Product Management?
  2. Does your organization practice hybrid project management – both waterfall and agile? Does more than one methodology coexist under the roof of your organization?
  3. Do you use custom project management terminology? Or an in-house developed project management methodology?
  4. Do you practice PPM, project portfolio management? Or: are you agile at scale?
  5. Employing cross-project experts, engineers?
  6. Are you a SAFe practitioner?
  7. Do you use Tempo for Jira?
  8. Do you need to store your cloud data in a specific jurisdiction, in a specific part of the world?
  9. Are you seeking advanced reports and progress tracking?

Again, if you answered ‘Yes’ to at least one of the nine questions, you will likely benefit from the enterprise edition of BigPicture.

If you are making a ‘BigPicture or BigPicture Enterprise’ purchasing decision, consider the following quick preview of how BigPicture will evolve in the coming years.


Starting version 8 there is a clearer distinction between BigPicture and BigPicture Enterprise. BigPicture Enterprise is now a PPM and agile at scale tool. While BigPicture leans towards the Project Management category.

Until version 7 the Enterprise edition added a dozen of features on top of BigPicture, none of those features being grand or critical. Version 8, and especially the new Overview module, Box types and Boxes collectively add the portfolio management capabilities to BigPicture Enterprise as well as the “many methodologies under a single roof” distinguishing quality.


‘Enterprise’ label brings high-end prices to mind. This is how BigPicture Enterprise is priced compared to BigPicture, e.g.

Table 1. BigPicture pricing

BigPicture Enterprise edition
Jira Server, 100 users $2,000 $4,000
Jira Data Center, 250 users $4,500 $9,000
Jira Cloud, 100 users $2.8/user/month $5.6/user/month

Neither the freemium model nor tenfold price differences. BigPicture Enterprise is fairly priced and within the reach of most clients.


Structure by ALM Works, Advanced Roadmaps, Jira Align, and Easy Agile apps have been considered the closest competitors of BigPicture and BigPicture Enterprise. Each player has its own virtues, but we see this a lot: clients who value customizability, scalability, and hybrid project management lean towards BigPicture + BigPicture Enterprise package. Our support has assisted dozens of clients in migrating project data from third-party apps to BigPicture Enterprise.

How to get BigPicture Enterprise?

In order to be able to use BigPicture Enterprise, you need to purchase and install the regular BigPicture and the Enterprise extension. Both apps are available on Atlassian Marketplace.

If you are already a BigPicture user, you can upgrade to BigPicture Enterprise at any time.

It is worth trying BigPicture Enterprise for 30 days for free.


—Contrary to what its name might suggest, BigPicture Enterprise is more about ‘Premium’ than about ‘large organizations’ – says Matt Wyzinski, Product Manager at SoftwarePlant.

Expect a strong BigPicture Enterprise in the coming years, accompanied by comprehensive support for demanding clients. The ‘Enterprise’ label, in the case of BigPicture, means ‘tailor-made to suit organization needs’. Medium and small clients go for BigPicture Enterprise, too.

In 2021, roughly 50% of the world’s BigPicture community has access to the Enterprise edition. We expect the stake of BigPicture Enterprise to grow in 2022 and 2023.

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.