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JXL turns Jira into spreadsheets – TechCrunch

JXL turns Jira into spreadsheets – TechCrunch

Atlassian’s Jira is an extremely powerful issue-tracking and project-management tool, but it’s not the world’s most intuitive software. On the other hand, spreadsheets are pretty much the de facto standard for managing virtually anything in a business. It’s no surprise then that there are already a couple of tools on the market that bring a spreadsheet-like view of your projects to Jira or connect it to services like Google Sheets.


The latest entrant in this field is JXL Spreadsheets for Jira (specifically Jira Cloud), founded by two ex-Atlassian employees, Daniel Franz and Hannes Obweger. Before joining Atlassian, Franz built the Good News newsreader, while his co-founder previously founded Radiant Minds Software, the makers of Portfolio for Jira, which Atlassian acquired.


And in what has become a bit of a trend, Atlassian Ventures invested in JXL earlier this year.“It is so versatile. It’s highly customizable. I’ve seen people in my time doing anything and everything with it. Working with customers [at Atlassian] — you didn’t get surprised at some point, but what the people can do and track with Jira is impressive. But no one would rock up and say, ‘hey, Jira is very pleasant and easy to use. Jira is so successful because it is fantastic,” Franz told me.

As Franz noted, by default, Jira takes a narrow view of how people should use it. But that also means that users often export their issues to create reports and visualizations, for example. But if they make any changes to this data, it never flows back into Jira. No matter how you feel about spreadsheets, they work for many people and are highly flexible. Even Atlassian would likely agree because the new Jira Work Management, currently in beta, comes with a spreadsheet-like view. Trello, too, recently went this way when it launched a major update earlier this year.

Throughout its three-month beta, the JXL team saw how its users built everything from cross-project portfolio management to sprint planning, backlog maintenance, timesheets, and inventory management on top of its service. Indeed, Franz tells me that the team already has some large customers, one of them having a 7,000-seat license. Pricing for JXL seems quite reasonable, starting at $1 flat for teams with up to 10 users. Larger groups pay per user/month, with prices that go down to $0.45/user/month for licenses with over 5,000 seats. There is also a free trial.

JXL is now available in the Atlassian Marketplace, and the team is actively hiring as it looks to build out its product (and put its new funding to work). One of the reasons the company can offer this kind of pricing is that it only needs a straightforward backend. None of a customer’s data sits on JXL’s servers. Instead, it sits right on top of Jira’s APIs, which means that changes are synced back and forth in real time.


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