Agile Products For Sale – What’s Worth Buying?

As Agile software development get’s more ingrained into businesses and teams around the globe, a market has arisen: Agile Products. While this certainly makes sense, I wonder how pervasive these products really are.

While I personally can’t live without Mike Cohn’s Planning Poker Deck, I didn’t know that cards like the above were available.

So what are you buying for your Agile team?

14 Responses to “Agile Products For Sale – What’s Worth Buying?”

  1. Eric Laramée
    December 3, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Besides the obvious (you know, chairs, tables and computers) I’d say:

    – White boards and markers (Should be obvious, but…)
    – Pomodoro timer (http://www.androidguys.com/wp-content/uploads/pomodoro-timer11.jpg). Helps the team to focus.
    – When index cards or Excel have reached their limits, I do enjoy using UrbanTurtle or Jira with GreenHopper (once they are properly configured!) to help teams manage their backlogs.

    If all else fails you can always rely on Scrum Easy Install ;) http://tinyurl.com/3xjgjzz

    Cheers!
    Eric

    • ScoutMaster
      December 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

      Nice. Like the scrum install guide. ha!

    • Derek Huether
      December 4, 2010 at 11:11 am #

      I’m surprised someone isn’t marketing an official agile startup kit. It certainly wouldn’t be “official” but that never stopped anyone from doing stuff like that before. Offer it for the low low price of $19.95.

      But wait, there’s more! If you place your order right now, throw in an official agile Snuggle and a set of official agile Ginsu knives.

      • Eric Laramée
        December 4, 2010 at 11:16 am #

        Well now you’re just being silly ;)

        • Derek Huether
          December 4, 2010 at 11:27 am #

          I just added a Piggy “Pomodoro” timer to my Amazon wish list. You also inspired my next blog post. Thanks, Eric!

          • Eric Laramée
            December 4, 2010 at 11:41 am #

            Hmmmm…You’re welcomed? ;)

      • ScoutMaster
        December 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

        HA! I’m looking forward to that post!

  2. Agile Receptionist
    December 3, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Those are amazing. — Not as flexible as good ol’ note cards however. I have a feeling my agile shop wouldn’t like being so restrained by unnecessary fields.

    A quick zazzle search shows a lot of agile products: http://www.zazzle.com/agile+gifts

    • ScoutMaster
      December 3, 2010 at 11:49 am #

      Ooo. Very nice. Like this a lot. Thanks! Going to post this up!

  3. Derek Huether
    December 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    I applaud them for at least thinking of this. Will most (or any) of the Agile community want or need these? Probably not. You’re just going to reach for your handy pile of 3M sticky notes. I think of this product offering as Agile training wheels. If you’re new to Agile, perhaps this will allow you to focus on more important things, like not running your bike into a tree. But, once you come up to speed (I need to stop with this analogy) you want and need more flexibility.

    As for Mike Cohn’s Planning Poker Deck, I have my set as well! But, the difference here is the card deck is price competitive and meets a need. Those story cards “may” add value to some. But I don’t see that outweighing the cost (versus standard sticky notes)

    • ScoutMaster
      December 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

      Agreed! There’s a market for everything.

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