JIRA vs ZenHub

Last updated: April 28, 2021

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JIRA
JIRA provides issue tracking and project tracking for software development teams to improve code quality and the speed of development. Combining a clean, fast interface for capturing and organising issues with customisable workflows, OpenSocial dashboards and a pluggable integration framework, JIRA is the perfect fit at the centre of your development team.
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ZenHub
Agile Project Management inside GitHub. ZenHub is more than “integrated”: it runs natively in GitHub’s interface. Stop context switching with third-party tools and unite your team where they already work: GitHub.
JIRA vs ZenHub in our news:

2021. Atlassian launches Jira Work Management for every team



Atlassian today announced a new edition of its Jira project management tool, Jira Work Management. The company has long been on a journey of bringing Jira to teams beyond the software development groups it started out with. With Jira Service Management, it is successfully doing that with IT teams. With Jira Core, it also moved further in this direction, but Jira Work Management takes this a step further (and will replace Jira Core). The idea here is to offer a version of Jira that enables teams across marketing, HR, finance, design and other groups to manage their work and — if needed — connect it to that of a company’s development teams.


2021. Project management service ZenHub raises $4.7M



ZenHub, the GitHub-centric project management service for development teams, has raised a $4.7 million seed funding round. It also has launched its newest automation feature, which makes it easier for teams to plan the development sprints, something that is core to the Agile development process but often takes a lot of time and energy — something teams are better off spending on the actual development process. ZenHub is also going to build a new feature that will automate some parts of the software estimation process, too, by launching a new tool that will help teams more easily allocate story points to routing action items so that their discussions can focus on the more contentious ones.


2020. Atlassian acquires asset management company Mindville



Atlassian today announced that it has acquired Mindville, a Jira-centric enterprise asset management provider. With this acquisition, Atlassian is getting into a new market, too, by adding asset management tools to its lineup of services. The company’s flagship product is Mindville Insights, which helps IT, HR, sales, legal and facilities to track assets across a company. It’s completely agnostic as to which assets you are tracking, though, given Atlassian’s user base, most companies will likely use it to track IT assets like servers and laptops. But in addition to physical assets, you also can use the service to automatically import cloud-based servers from AWS, Azure and GCP, for example, and the team has built connectors to services like Service Now and Snow Software, too. Mindville’s more than 1,700 customers include the likes of NASA, Spotify and Samsung.


2018. Jira Cloud gets Trello-inspired redesign


Atlassian unveiled the next generation of its hosted Jira Software project tracking tool earlier this year. With this launch, Atlassian is now essentially splitting the hosted version of Jira (which is hosted on AWS) from the self-hosted server version and prioritizing different features for both. The new version of Jira has a new, Trello-inspired look and provides new functionality that allows for a more flexible workflow that’s less dependent on admins and gives more autonomy to teams. One feature the team seems to be especially proud of is roadmaps. That’s a new feature in Jira that makes it easier for teams to see the big picture. Like with boards, it’s easy enough to change the roadmap by just dragging the different larger chunks of work (or “epics,” in Agile parlance) to a new date.


2018. Atlassian launches Jira Ops for managing incidents



Atlassian launched a new edition of its flagship product Jira that is meant to help ops teams handle incidents faster and more efficiently. Jira Ops integrates with tools like OpsGenie, PagerDuty, xMatters, Statuspage, Slack and others. Many teams already use these tools when their services go down, but Atlassian argues that most companies currently use a rather ad hoc approach to working with them. Jira Ops aims to be the glue that keeps everybody on the same page and provides visibility into ongoing incidents. With it when an incident happens, you have a central place where you can go, where you can find out everything about the incident. You can see who has been paged and alerted; you can alert more people if you need to right from there; you know what Slack channel the incident is being discussed in. Moreover Atlassian has acquired OpsGenie for $295 million.


2016. JIRA gets Upwork integration



Project management service JIRA is getting a new feature that will let you easily convert JIRA tickets into job postings on Upwork freelance marketplace. With this new integration, Jira users can now click a button and get a pre-populated form to submit to Upwork’s marketplace. This feature will likely appeal to small businesses that often have a backlog of feature requests and bug fixes they never get to. This is not the first time Atlassian and Upwork have partnered around JIRA. Upwork clients can already link their JIRA tickets to an Upwork account to allow freelancers to track their time, for example. Clients can also use Upwork’s messaging feature to receive updates when a freelancer checks in code to Bitbucket, for example, or update a JIRA ticket.


2015. ZenHub connects its project management service to GitHub Enterprise



ZenHub, a service that helps engineering teams manage their GitHub projects through Trello-like drag-and-drop task boards, was previously only available for regular GitHub accounts. Starting now, however, enterprise users who use the on-premise GitHub Enterprise service, will also be able to use ZenHub. This new enterprise version of ZenHub is one of the first collaboration and project management service that integrates directly with GitHub Enterprise. GitHub — and Git in general — is seeing rapid adoption in the enterprise. There are now a number of services on the market, including startups like waffle.io (which also works with GitHub Enterprise) and some of Microsoft’s and Atlassian’s tools, that offer project management services for Git. What makes ZenHub stands out is its direct integration with GitHub Enterprise, so that developers don’t have to switch back and forth between even more different tools than they already do.


2014. Atlassian launches JIRA and Confluence for large companies



Atlassian announced two new products specifically geared for large companies. Next week, Atlassian will launch JIRA Data Center - the version of it project management software with support for running the service on multiple nodes. And later this summer it will launch the wiki collaboration service Confluence Data Center. With the Data Center version, larger companies will get better support for scaling the services across multiple nodes to improve performance and scalability. To ensure this, administrators will be able to route certain applications, teams or geographies to specific nodes in a cluster. Additional nodes can be added in real time and the clustering technology, and shared file systems are integrated with most industry standard technologies.


2012. Jira 5 - bug-tracker goes social



Atlassian has launched the new version of its project management system Jira 5 and called it Social. We expected to see some sort of built-in social network where users could add bugs, vote for features, discuss updates. But none of these features appeared. Probably it's for the better, because bug - is an intimate thing and it shouldn't be publicly discussed. The new social features in Jira 5 are: the tool for sharing bugs/tasks with co-workers or groups, and the support for @names. If you mention @someone in the comments - he will receive the notification and will probably help in solving the task. In addition, the new version allows to link a bug to any external URL (website or web app) and adds a lot of integrations (including Salesforce, Zendesk, Confluence, Get Satisfaction). And you certainly want to know why there are so many Angry Birds in the video?


2011. JIRA, Confluence available as SaaS services


Atlassian has launched the new SaaS service Atlassian OnDemand, which includes its popular tools for managing software development projects: JIRA (issue-tracker), Confluence (wiki), GreenHopper (Agile Project Management), Bonfire (bug reporter), FishEye (code manager), Crucible (code review) and Bamboo (integration). All products in the SaaS version provide the full functionality of the installable counterparts. There are only minimal restrictions on the tool integration and use of the custom plug-ins. You can turn on/off the tools as needed. The service pricing is traditional for Atlassian - "everything for $10 for 10 users." Recall that the company is also selling the 10-user leniences of the same installable products for $10. So you can either buy the product for $10, or rent it for $10/month.