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Following its acquisition of software program vendor AgileCraft for about $166 million final month, Atlassian currently launched Jira Align to enable providers handle agile software program improvement projects at scale.

AgileCraft, founded in 2013, connects agile teams with the wider small business, providing executives an overview of project progress and prospective bottlenecks. The application was currently employed in with Atlassian tools by numerous shoppers, which includes AT&T, TIAA and Duke Power. AgileCraft supports a variety of scaled agile frameworks, which includes Secure, Significantly less and Spotify. 

The acquisition was completed final week AgileCraft has now been integrated in Atlassian’s Jira portfolio of solutions.

Cameron Deatsch, head of server small business at Atlassian, mentioned Jira Align is developed to assistance enterprises that have shifted from rigid waterfall improvement to additional versatile agile processes, but need to have to give small business leaders a clear view of huge-scale projects beneath way. 

“There are a lot of positive aspects [with agile development]: it permits enterprises to be additional nimble, to respond speedily to stress and modify to their roadmaps as necessary primarily based on buyer demands,” he mentioned. “But 1 point that we have lost by means of that transformation is the certainty, the visibility and the clarity across an organization of when deadlines will be hit, and when capabilities will be obtainable for shoppers. Agile basically just does not operate that way. And that is a huge challenge, particularly for these extremely huge organizations that need to have to be additional nimble.

“Our largest shoppers have been searching for guidance for how to scale all of this agile improvement goodness across thousands of individuals,” Deatsch mentioned. “That is really specifically what AgileCraft does.”

As an instance, Deatsch mentioned a huge bank could be constructing a new mobile app, an work that could involve huge numbers of developers functioning on person, but associated, projects – from constructing a front-finish UI to back-finish transactions systems. 

As properly as highlighting the project roadmap to small business senior IT leaders, Jira Align lets developers see how their operate fits into the larger image. “The advantage is not only for the execs with top rated-down visibility, but also the bottom-up view,” mentioned Deatsch. “So developers and improvement organizations, designers and solution managers see how their operate is affecting the broader enterprise objectives.” 

Despite the fact that there is overlap with Atlassian’s current project management tool, Portfolio for Jira, Deatsch mentioned that software program is additional suited to modest- to mid-sized corporations, whereas Jira Align is targeted at its “1,000 biggest shoppers.” Atlassian has additional than 138,000 shoppers, according to its most current economic final results. 

“If you are 1 of our largest shoppers and have additional than 500 developers, AgileCraft is going to be the platform for you to use with Jira,” Deatsch mentioned.

Thomas Murphy, a investigation director at Gartner, mentioned Jira Align assists fill a “gap in the communication” with the C-Suite, project management workplace and other people outdoors of improvement.

“AgileCraft supplies assistance for what we get in touch with Enterprise Agile – this is how a enterprise extends agile practices beyond teams … to the enterprise: strategic directions, flow of worth, assistance for managing huge initiatives that may perhaps coordinate lots of teams beyond just the solution group: promoting, legal, and so on.,” he mentioned.

“So yes, it assists [Atlassian] expand their footprint to additional roles, it assists them take a leadership position in assistance for enterprise agile (and the related frameworks such as Secure),” he mentioned. “It also assists continue to drive diversification for Atlassian of their offerings going from low-value/low-touch to greater-priced/complete-service.”

The AgileCraft acquisition follows the invest in-out of OpsGenie for $295 million final year, and Trello for $425 million in 2017. Trello also acquired automation tool Butler final year, and has given that integrated the functionality into its platform.