Whiteboards for Jira: MARS App of the Month (September 2021)

September 27, 2021
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MARS App Profile:

App: Whiteboards for Jira: team collaboration

Vendor: Spartez Software (an Appfire company)

Primary Category: Collaboration

Active Instances: 574

Instances Monthly Growth: 5%

Instances 2021 Growth: 125%

Competitors: Miro (Miro), Virtual Whiteboards for Jira (DevSamurai)

 

MARS

One of our unique offerings at Blended Perspectives is our Marketplace Analytic Research Service (MARS) database of Atlassian Marketplace 3rd party apps.

While many Atlassian Partners make their own apps, we believed that we could bring greater value to our customers and the Atlassian Community as a whole by creating a quantitative and objective database covering every facet of the Atlassian Marketplace.

MARS contains a vast array of data from instances, reviews, and pricing, to the platform, app growth, and version releases. This is all tied together at the top level through our meaningful app categorization in which for every app over 500 instances we carefully assigned our own categories based on the primary functionality of each app rather than using Marketplace app categorizations which are somewhat meaningless due to vendor self-selection. This means that MARS can give us a completely unique perspective into which apps are really excelling and driving forwards in the Marketplace.

This month our MARS App of the Month is Whiteboards for Jira by Spartez Software (Appfire).

Whiteboards for Jira

It’s been an awesome year for Whiteboards for Jira and the Spartez Software team! On top of Whiteboards’ 125% install growth this year, Spartez has been acquired by Appfire–a sure sign that there’s a talented team behind this app and that it’s definitely one that’ll be only growing going into the future.

Whiteboards is well suited to the new remote/hybrid work environment that we’ve all experienced and will continue experiencing so it’s no wonder that this app is growing at a remarkable rate. Despite many of the benefits that remote working can bring, meeting remotely can often fail to bring about the truly collaborative, creative, and structured meetings we all wish we were having. Whiteboards brings the benefits of in-person planning sessions but goes deeper with significant integration with Jira, real-time collaborative editing, and the ability to plan with partially distributed teams. Whiteboards’ growth figures reflect its growing popularity among dispersed teams.

When we were all together our CEO Miles Faulkner and other consultants would often convene analysis and planning sessions around a whiteboard. In fact, we had whiteboards in every meeting room of our office. And, whilst this is great for brainstorming we still had to take a picture of it and turn it into actionable information. The benefit of this app is that it combines both brainstorming and free diagramming as well as real-time integration with Jira to enable immediate actionable plans.

Features

Jira Integration

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Whiteboards is its deep integration with Jira. With Whiteboards you can work on issues and easily add dependencies between them directly on the board. While on Cloud on top of being able to add existing Jira issues to your board, you can also: create new ones, convert stickers into issues with just one click, edit, update & rank issues (individually or in bulk via update zones) and much more. Whiteboards’ Jira integration is really impressive–it’ll be sure to save teams copious amounts of time, help them stay well organized, while it has endless use cases.

We believe that Whiteboards’ deep integration with Jira is the main reason behind its growth. In this space Miro appears to be the main competitor and has a larger install base. A preliminary analysis suggests that Whiteboards has deeper integration than Miro and we will be doing a further evaluation of the products as part of a category webinar.

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Collaborative Editing

With multiple users able to edit pages at the same time users are empowered during meetings. Collaborative real-time editing enables all team members to contribute and have their voices heard during brainstorming, planning, prioritizations, and retrospectives.

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Blueprints

Furthermore, template boards are available for numerous use cases including retrospectives, risk analysis, and mind mapping–these can get you going with Whiteboards much faster and can serve as a scenario for a meeting or a building block of some bigger picture. Users can also edit existing templates or create their own custom templates from boards they have made.

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Visual Context

Whiteboards provides users with endless display options from diagrams, posits, images, free drawing, and even gifs. On top of keeping meetings light, they ensure that teams will always have a way to display what they wish.

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Summary

We’re delighted that Whiteboards for Jira is our app of the month for September! It’s no coincidence that as remote/hybrid working is taking off that Whiteboards is taking off with it. If you would like to learn more about MARS and how it can benefit you then click here or email us at hello@blendedperspectives.com.

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