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SystemsJIRA  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Project  Xexclude from comparisonTrello  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionBug tracking and project planning tool, available as cloud service and as commercial tool.Project planning and tracking tools available in various editions: Standard, Pro, Server and Online.Trello is a web-based project management and collaboration tool based on Kanban-like lists.
CategoryProject Planning
Issue Management
Project PlanningProject Planning
Project Collaboration
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 1,184.57
Rank #3
Score 2,178.98
Rank #2
Score 857.29
Rank #6
DeveloperAtlassianMicrosoftTrelloinfoowned by Atlassian, originally by Fog Creek Software
Websiteatlassian.com/­software/­jiraproducts.office.com/­en-us/­Projecttrello.com
Technical documentationconfluence.atlassian.com/­jira/­jira-documentation-1556.htmlhelp.trello.com
Social network pages
LinkedIn21,114followers
Twitter35,054followers
Facebook269,270likes
LinkedIn15,973followers
Twitter33,433followers
Facebook119,563likes
LinkedIn32,158followers
Twitter181,629followers
Initial release200219842011
LicenseCommercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service model
Commercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoProject Online
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service model
Web-based architectureyesyesinfoProject Onlineyes
Programming languageJava
Operating systemsLinux
Solaris
Windows
Windows
Mobile appsAndroid
iOS
noinfo3rd-party apps to import Microsoft Project files existAndroid
iOS
APIinfoApplication Programming InterfaceyesinfoJava, RESTyesyesinfoREST
Multi-useryesyesinfoProject Onlineyes
Authentication mechanismPassword
LDAPinfoLightweight Directory Access Protocol
Active DirectoryinfoProject OnlinePassword
Google sign-on
NotificationsEmailEmailinfoProject OnlineEmail
Mobile push
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyesno
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlynoyesno
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksnoyesno
Task dependenciesinfoDependencies between tasks are logical relationships that restrict the sequence of task executions, e.g. one task must be completed before another task can startyesinfovia "issue linking"yesno
Critical path managementinfoThe critical path method calculates the set of tasks that cannot be delayed without increasing the project's duration, taking into account task dependenciesnoyesno
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountnoyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party add-onno
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesnoinfoavailable via 3rd party tools
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review Techniquenoyesno
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule noyesno
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesnoyesno
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesnoyesno
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsnoyesno
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsyesinfowith JIRA Agile add-onnono
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsyesinfowith JIRA Agile add-onnoyes
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Issue Management Properties
Hierarchical issuesyes
Custom fieldsyes
Custom workflowsyes
Project Collaboration Properties
Project wikino
Discussion forumyesinfoconversations
Online chatno
Audio conferencingno
Video conferencingno
Screen sharingno
Calendar sharingnoinfointegration with external calendar tools is possible
Contact sharingno
Document sharingyesinfocard attachments
File versioningno

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