Today, a colleague brought a new JIRA 6 sneak peak video to my attention. It’s rare for me to pay attention to what our competitors are doing, but in this case, JIRA 6 is supposedly focusing on addressing “User Experience” an area that is a huge strength of Axosoft’s OnTime product. Ever since our pricing change more than a year ago, OnTime has been accumulating customers at a rate that is 500% faster than before. Yeh, it’s been pretty insane! I suspect our massive increase in customers has come at the expense of our Australian friends.

The #1 reason customers choose OnTime is because of the user experience.

So in JIRA V6, Atlassian decided to make their user experience “Kickass” — so much so that they made a video about it. The video doesn’t show any kickass features, it just shows their team talking about how Kickass JIRA V6 is going to be. But one important part of the video that jumped out at me is that the JIRA dev team uses colored sticky notes on a wall to track their projects.

WHAT!?!?! Sticky cards on a wall?!?!

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Screenshot from the video

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Screenshot from the video

I thought this is craziness and extremely unproductive, so I wanted to offer the JIRA team an olive branch to both help their productivity and bring them into the 21st century:  Shoot me an email (hamids) and we’ll hook you guys up with a free OnTime Scrum OnDemand Account. You can manage everything: your project goals, releases, sprints, and even your defects, in one place with an absolutely (and do I dare say it) Kick Ass user experience. No more sticky notes guys! 😉