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General overview of Project Online <> Jira (Two-way)

In this article we will review general information about Project Online <> Jira (Two-way) integration scenario.

Business Case

If your organization is among those who use a mix of both agile and waterfall methodologies. You might also experience extreme difficulty to find the perfect tool for combining both methodologies and integrating PPM high-level initiatives with Agile execution themes. When the project is approved for execution on a portfolio level and needs to be organized in an agile way, you need to choose how to proceed with execution to allow your teams to be productive in their daily work and still receive critical project updates back on the portfolio level.

While most PMOs and Portfolio Managers prefer using Project Online for advanced resource planning and portfolio analysis and visibility, the teams on the execution level continue using agile tools such as Jira that provide great capabilities for sprint and release planning, sprint, and task tracking, etc. If there is no strategy or a plan to pull these data together, there is a lot of manual work that needs to be done with the data in order to provide information on project and task levels to the leadership.


  • Project Online <> Jira integration scenario enables your development teams to continue using Jira on a daily basis and allows teams to focus on project execution while bringing all work into one centralized repository - Project Online for a good project and portfolio visibility.
  • Using this scenario, you can create tasks in Project Online, assign them to your team members (optionally) and automatically push the tasks to Jira as various Jira Issue Types.
  • In Jira Project Managers and their teams can create new Jira Issues, as well as create sub-tasks for the tasks already transferred from Project Online to decompose the project work.
  • The teams are free to work on tasks and sub-tasks in Jira in an agile way and can automatically transfer sub-tasks with the relevant tasks to Project Online, as well as report on their status completion, time spent, and time remaining, and overall project progress to executives.
  • This scenario provides continuous integration between both systems. It provides a powerful way to exchange critical project details between project and development teams by giving them the flexibility to choose how and where they work.

Value for Executives & Project Managers

1. Save costs on both Project Online and Jira licenses for your project and development teams. Use Project Online to manage high-level business initiatives and keep your teams maintain all project work in Jira.

2. Get instant access to the recent project updates and task status completion of your teams in one location.     

3. Push key tasks from Project Online to Jira to create a focus and direction for your teams.

4. Have unified time management by getting time tracking details on tasks and sub-tasks from the Jira project in Project Online.

5. Make your teams happy by giving them the freedom to work in a tool they like and productive by giving them a chance to concentrate exclusively on project delivery.

Value for Your Teams

1. Work in Jira and focus only on your tasks and not on project administration.

2. Keep working in an agile way by planning and progressing with your sprints, tasks, and releases and exchange key details with your leaders to adopt changes rapidly.

3. Automatically push the main project updates of your issues to Project Online and get rid of manual status reporting. 

You will need approximately 15-20 minutes to configure Project Online <> Jira integration scenario following the steps described in these articles.   

Please start with Integration prerequisites article. 

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