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October 16, 2010

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Agile and Scrum – Which are the best Agile and Scrum Tools?

Many large organisations have realised that the good ‘ol trusty waterfall methodology does not actually work as well as first thought, and that there is actually some merit in using Agile project management methodologies to execute and build large software solutions.

The question that always get’s asked is: “Which tools should I use to manage my project?”. There is no straight answer because there are so many project management tools on the market today. Many of the available tools having similar features, some are downloadable, and some are hosted in the cloud, but ultimately you will need to try them out and see what works best for your organisation.

I came across a website that has listed options for both Scrum and Kanban. These pages can be found at the following locations:

Update: Some additional interesting links:

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  1. Paul
    Mar 10 2011

    It’s really hard to choose the right tool for your company. In my case we had some criteria that helped to choose the right one: distributed team of 6 people, project manager using scrum, high % of increase in productivity and need of advanced analytics. After a few weeks of searching, reading and testing we have chosen the KanbanTool (http://kanbantool.com) – it’s surprising good.

  2. Apr 3 2011

    Hi Paul,

    Have you looked at or tried AgileZen?

    I would be interested to hear your thoughts on it.

    Cheers,
    Matt

  3. Emmett Evins
    Apr 15 2012

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    May 8 2012

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    Jan 2 2013

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  6. Jeff Nailen
    Mar 11 2013

    Of course, it depends on your needs. I just went through an exhaustive search and trial of the tools out there (about two dozen or so). that include most of the cutting-edge features, such as .

    I was looking for customizable columns, which is surprisingly rare, horizontal ‘swimlanes’ or pipelines, integration with Google Apps, esp. gmail and Google Calendar, open RESTful APIs, built on a solid cutting edge web 2.0 framework such as Java, Ruby on Rails, or Django, Javascript magic, nice clean interface, etc. and the best I found are:

    1. YouTrack by JetBrains
    2. Mingle by ThoughtWorks
    3. JIRA with GreenHopper plug-in
    4. KanBanTool

    Of these, Mingle and JIRA/GreenHopper are the most robust and can handle anything you would possibly want to do and would be great for distributed organizations, but are too complex for my simpler needs.

    KanBanTool is dead simple and fast, but not enough features for me, such as sprints.

    I found YouTrack to be just right, with the best combo of features you need with a clean easy javascript drag and drop interface.

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