JIRA Software is impressive. Let’s be honest here. Atlassian – the company behind it – has not only built a great development and project management tool, but also lined up a whole range of other tools that integrate with the main package (handling things like documentation, help desk, etc.).
But as life has taught me, only bacon comes with no downsides. And there is one huge, elephant-in-the-room downside with JIRA.
Granted, if your team is under 10 people then JIRA is very affordable, just $10 / month.
But the next tier is far from gradual increase. If you have 15 people, that’s $75 / month. And so on:
So let’s make this direct … there have to be other solutions out there that are more affordable, or, better yet, free.
This is exactly what we’re about today! Here are the top 4 free JIRA alternatives:
At the same time, it has some great built-in mechanisms that make the Trello model usable. For instance, there’s commenting, file uploading, drag-and-drop organization, and etc.
Basically, Trello organizes your workspace into separate boards » each board has individual lists » and each list has individual cards. You can take all that, re-align it however you wish, and also put whatever info you want in there.
- “Business Class” – $8.33 / user / month.
- “Enterprise” – $20.83 / user / month.
- Unlimited boards, lists, cards, members, checklists, attachments, etc.
- “Power-Ups” (add-ons). You get a couple for free, but to integrate Trello with outside tools (MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, Github, Slack, etc.) you need Trello Business Class.
- Basic integrations with Box, Drive, and Dropbox.
- File attachments up to 10MB each.
Is it right for you?If you already have a system/methodology of work established, and you need a tool where you can implement that methodology and execute it effectively, Trello is a good way to go, and a good JIRA alternative to consider. It’s incredibly flexible, really intuitive and easy to use.
In TeamClerk, everything is organized into projects » and then each project has its project tasks. Plus, you also see your own tasks in a separate column, and there’s one more column that serves as a live-stream reporting section – keeping you up-to-date on the overall progress of the project and the tasks that are part of it.
The tasks module also gives you a lot of structure right off the gate. Each task has its name, description, priority, level of difficulty, and members assigned. The only downside is that there seems to be no module for comments yet.
- $0 – 1 team, 3 members.
- $9.99 / mo – 2 teams, 15 members / team.
- $19.99 / mo – 5 teams, 20 members / team.
- $39.99 / mo – 10 teams, 30 members / team.
- Work with unlimited projects, tasks.
- Teams and members (you get to set up 1 team and 3 members on the free plan).
- Instantly monitor elapsed time and completed tasks.
- Monitor your team’s progress over time (nice progress graphs).
Is it right for you?TeamClerk is more of a project workflow management tool, rather than a place for you to describe your tasks meticulously, and figure out / brainstorm how to get them done. TeamClerk is something you come to when you already know what you want to do (or your team), and you just need a place to manage your combined efforts.
3. Remember The Milk
Remember The Milk is your friendly to-do list helper, I would say. I mean, it’s well suited to handle any professional matters you might have in your life, but it seems to me that it is more geared at making your everyday, personal life easier … helping you with things like shopping, picking up kids from school, not missing that concert on Saturday, and etc.
After all, the tool is called Remember The Milk, and not “Remember That Big Work Project,” isn’t it? That being said, there’s a lot of professional-level modules in Remember The Milk that make it a viable solution for most project management purposes.
Also, it has some great keyboard shortcuts, which makes working with the tool really quick. There are sub-tasks and lists of tasks, which can very well serve as a nice way to manage whole projects. And, last but not least, there’s drag-and-drop support.
- $0 – share your lists with 2 people.
- $39.99 / year – no limitations and a lot of cool additional features.
- Web, desktop, and mobile apps.
- Built-in integration with Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, and Evernote.
- Adding tasks via email, Twitter, and Siri.
- Delegate tasks to others.
- Share lists of tasks with other users (up to 2 users on the free plan).
- Sub-tasks and search operators (pro feature).
- Drag and drop support.
- Task coloring and priorities.
Is it right for you?Remember The Milk is a great JIRA alternative for small teams as well as individuals that like for their to-do and project management tool to be able to handle everything, from personal life to professional responsibilities. A great, general to-do list tool.
There are apps available for nearly all devices, and they all seem to be very well-designed (at least the ones I checked).
Furthermore, Todoist lets you organize the things you have going on into individual projects, but you also get a range of other useful features, from sub-tasks, sub-projects, recurring tasks, to reminders, comments, task collaboration, or even productivity tracking through nice “karma” scores.
In a sentence, Todoist is a great tool to get your – and your team’s – tasks done, and thus a viable free JIRA alternative.
- $0 – 80 active projects, 5 people per project.
- “PREMIUM” – $28.99 / year – 200 active projects, 25 people per project.
- “BUSINESS” – $28.99 / user / year – 200 active projects, 50 people per project.
- Multiple apps available.
- Collaborate on shared tasks.
- Sub-projects, sub-tasks.
- Notes and file attachments (premium).
- Task priorities.
Is it right for you?If you run your business and your projects in tune with GTD, this tool can be a great solution for you. Todoist gives you excellent task management features, good project management overall, and good teamwork mechanisms.
At the end of the day, the tools presented here are free, so you have nothing to lose trying them all out, but just to make the choice easier for you, consider this: