Top Agile and Scrum Tools – Which One Is Best?

There are many different types of Agile tools out there. Some are free, some are paid, some are going by the new business model called “Freemium” in which you get a distilled version of the software but to get all the awesome features and scaleability you have to pay.

So which Agile tools are out there? Which Scrum tools are the best for your business? Which Agile project management tools are the best for your client?

[[If you’d like us to review your product, tool, or book, let us know.]]

THE TOP AGILE AND SCRUM TOOLS – WHICH ONE IS BEST?

*Looking for the best Kanban tools? Check out our Best Kanban Tools List!

Acunote:

Agile Agenda:

Agile Bench: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED

Agile Buddy:

Agile Fant: *Open Source

Agile Log:

Agile Manager: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Agile Soup: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED! *ANDROID APP

Agile Task: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Agile Tracking Tool: *Open Source

AgileWrap: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!*

Agile Zen: [On our Kanban page]

Agilo for Trac:

Agilo For Scrum:

Airgile:

Agile Cockpit:

agile-cockpit-scrum-tool

Banana Scrum:

Blossom.io:

Boarrd: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Base Camp:

Binfire: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Blossom.io:

Bright Green Projects:

ClientStat.us*AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Daily-Scrum:

Dev Planner:

Digaboard: *Open Source

EasyBacklog: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!*

Eylean:

Explain PMT:

Agile Express: *Open Source

Fire Scrum: *Open Source

Fulcrum: *OPEN SOURCE

GravityDev: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Hansoft:

hansoft-agile-scrum-tools

Ice Scrum: *Open Source

iMeta Agility:

Intervals:

Jira (GreenHopper):

Kanbanery: [On our Kanban page]

Kanban Tool: [On our Kanban page]

Kunagi:

Leankit Kanban: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!*

Moovia: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!*

Mingle:

Mingle_agile-scrum-tool

OnTime Now:

 

Opti-P2:

Pango Scrum:

Pivotal Tracker: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

PlanBox: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED! 

PlanBox: Review NUMBER 2 *NEW REVIEW

Planigle: *Open Source

Plan That App: *FREE TOOL*

pmScrum:

Podio: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

PPTS:

Prj Planner:

Project Cards:

Quantum Whisper:

Quick Scrum:

quick-scrum-agile-project-management-tool

Rally Dev:

RedCritter Tracker: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!*

 

Redmine Backlogs:

Retrospectiva: *Open Source

ReQtest:

reqtest-agile-scrum-tool

Scrinch: *Open Source

Scrum 2 Go: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Scrum’d:

Scrum Dashboard: *Open Source

Scrum Desk:

Scrum Do: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!

Scrum Edge:

Scrum Factory: *Open Source

Scrum for Team System:

Scrum Ninja:

Scrum Pad:

Scrumpy:

Scrumrf:

Scrum Sprint Planner: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED! (iPAD)

Scrum Time: *Open Source

ScrumTool:

Scrumwise:

scrum-wise-new

Scrum Works:

Scrumy: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Select Solution Factory:

Serena:

Skinnyboard:

SmartBear: *DevPlanner is Free

SmartQ: [On our Kanban page]

smartq-agile-tool

SonicAgile: [AgileScout Reviewed!]

SpiraTest:

Splendid Bacon: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

SprintOMeter:

Tackle: *Open Source

Tangy Orange Scrum:

Target Process:

Task Junction:

Task Juggler: *Open Source

Task Point:

Teambox: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Teamly: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

TinyPM: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Timebox:

TeamPulse: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!*

Trac:

Trello: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!*

Urban Turtle:

Tweet Scrum: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

 

Vision Project:

xPlanner: *Open Source

XP Studio: *Open Source

Yodiz:

21 Scrum:

Looking for other tools? Check out our full Agile tools list.

Are one of these tools yours? Want us to review it? Is yours missing? Let us know.

Let us know if you’ve used one of the above mentioned Agile tools out there. We want to know your thoughts!

*We will continue to update this list as time goes on*

Author: peter

Peter Saddington is an Organizational Scientist and Certified Scrum Trainer. You can find him at AgileforAll.com

176 thoughts on “Top Agile and Scrum Tools – Which One Is Best?”

    1. Did you look at WRAP – WoodRanch Agile Projects, a full featured agile project management tool. Please checkout at http://www.agilewrap.com and include it in your list. WRAP allows integrated management of user stories, tasks, defects, iterations and releases for organizations of all sizes.

    2. Looks indeed like an amazing list. But what about trying to organize a bit the tools based on usage/context/scope? For example:
      – light tool for a single scrum teams
      – tools able to support large scale scrum (product backlog with multiple scrum teams)
      …?

    3. I wish this article actually offered opinions or rankings, even if arbitrary. The comments have devolved into nothing but self-promotion, so the “judgement” left for the comments clearly never took place.

      1. Chip – If you go to the Agile tools you’ll find the full list. We’ve reviewed probably over 10+ of the tools. You can find the reviews there.

        1. We’re Building a Planning Poker Tool That’ll Make You Flip, and We Need Your Feedback

          Hey there. You’re familiar with Agile, right? Of course you are. Well, then you’re also familiar with the one meeting that you have to have and that you absolutely dread.

          Yeah, we’re talking about sprint planning. Long, tedious, boring and seemingly never-ending. We’ve all been there: the epic user story with a zillion details, the one story that is either 5 effort points or 100 (let’s discuss that!), or the lunch order discussion that somehow takes up half the morning.

          Well, we’re making a tool to make that all better, and we’d like your help to make it better. We’re calling it Poplr (learn more at http://www.poplr.io), and we’re really excited about what it will help Agile teams to do.

          Here are some features we’re already including in our beta (coming this weekend), but we want to know what else you’d love for us to include:

          Unique, shareable poker games for your team; a dealer role to create a game and track results; story point averaging; annotation tools and team chat; a timer to avoid tangents; and the big one – the ability to export to .CSV!

          This sounds amazing, right? Right. But we think it can be better if we have your help.

          Let us know what type of features you’d like to see in an agile planning poker app. Tell us about some problems you’ve been having in your poker sessions. We’ll let you know when we’re going live (beta coming later this week)!

          Check us out at http://www.Poplr.io, and hit the Feedback button!

          Thanks in advance for your feedback. Happy sprint planning!

    1. Come on! It’s all there, linked to my name :-)

      Of course I mean tinyPM, but I need to admit that except using it I’m also one of the creators of that evil agile tool, so don’t believe me – see it for yourself!

  1. I’d have to vote for 21Scrum – but then I have to also confess that we at 21apps developed it.

    It’s probably a little unique in this list in that it targets the SharePoint 2010 platform.

    It was actually developed to help new teams get to grips with scrum and as a result of teams finding tools like Version One or Rally just being too complex. It was developed to match the white board, which I still recommend over any electronic tools for new teams.

      1. Hi, I am in the process of choosing a project management tool which does the following,

        – Agile features (Backlog, Sprint/Iteration, User story management, Burndown charts, reports, Task management, Progress tracking etc).
        – Option to do custom process
        – Bug tracking
        – Forums
        – SVN integration
        – Integration options (via API or plugins) with other tools to do the following,
        – Budget tracking
        – Time tracking
        – Pre-Sales

        Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

        Thanks

        1. Have you found one yet? If not, check out Planbox. We can do pretty much all of what you listed. It’s very versatile. All features are given to you when you sign up, and you just pick which ones you want to activate.

          I’m the Community Manager there, so let me know if you need my help. :)

        2. Hi Karikalan,
          Please have a look at CollabNet’s “TeamForge” which is a highly rated Agile ALM tool for enterprises that features all your requirements mentioned above.

          Thanks and Regards
          Moorthy

    1. From this Forrester wave tools recommendation, I don’t see Rally Software nor IBM tools in this web page; any feedback on those ones?

  2. At our company, we use SpiraTeam from Inflectra, it allows to manage iterations of releases for scrum projects, but it’s not the core functionality of the software, it can be used to manage each stages of the software developement process (requirements, test cases, releases, defect tracking, etc)

  3. Don’t know about the others but Rally has a UI that only a mother could love. You have to move the mouse around so much to do *anything* it feels like you are playing a video game (and losing). The layout is over-complex and therefore confusing. I have to use it but I don’t have to like it. On a scale of 1-10 it’s a solid 5, it will (probably) get the job done, but you won’t like yourself in the morning.

    1. Love the feedback! We’ve received feedback like this as well with other heavy enterprise applications like Rally, VersionOne, and Jira. Wasn’t Agile supposed to be ‘light’? Thanks for your candid feedback!

      1. Thanks for the feedback ScoutMaster – we worked to develop a tool that works as well for really complex enterprise organizations as it does for small teams new to agile, but candid feedback from users is always appreciated. We hear ya!

  4. Having read the Forrester report I believe they have a pretty accurate account of the leaders in Agile development tools. However it’s good to see someone putting together a more comprehensive list for those not subscribed to the analyst firm (or for those tools not considered last time the report was published).

    I’d like to recommend adding SmartBear to this list based on demos of its SoftwarePlanner ALM tool, with plenty of Agile components to it.

    Steve Miller, its creator, has also put together a lot of useful newsletter video presentatations on Agile and Scrum:

    http://softwareplanner.blogspot.com/2009/12/agile-scrum-tailoring-scrum-to-your.html

    I anticipate much more exposure for this tool (under the SmartBear name) in the months ahead, not to mention some exciting changes for those looking for an affordable alternative to expensive agile or ALM suites with agile components to them.

    http://smartbear.com/products/development-tools/

    Best,
    Alex

    1. Thank you for updating the SmartBear listing above since the release of DevPlanner, SmartBear’s free project management tool, on November 2.

      We also have a free test management tool called QAPlanner.

      Best,
      Alex

  5. Pingback: Project Management At Work » Blog Archive » Weekly project management news roundup: Agile project management; Top Agile and Scrum tools; Signs that you are not ready for Agile, and other interesting posts
      1. Yes, it’s a bit confusing at the start, but with a little practice you can learn how to use it really fast. It’s still in beta, so over time probably some features will get update and be more usable. The big plus that I give the bug genie is that it’s open source, easy and fast to setup and it’s free.

  6. Hi Peter,

    You certainly have a great list of agile tools going here!
    I would like for you to check out and possibly add FeatureSet to your list of agile project management tools: http://www.featureset.com

    This is a suite of unified applications that help team members stay connected and on the same page, through sophisticated requirements and project management tools as well as a social tools to promote effective collaboration.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Best,

    Catherine
    http://www.featureset.com

  7. This great list misses 3 things:
    1) total count of tools;
    2) über-tool – good olde cork board;
    3) tag (really, I can’t believe this *huge* list can be taken seriously)

  8. Hello Peter,

    great list you have here.
    Could you please add Airgile to the list? It’s a very usable and flexible project management platform that features SCRUM (Sprint planning and Burndown Charts) since version 1.7, released this week.

    It’s available here: http://airgile.com .

    Let me know if you need further info.

    In the video below you can see Sprint Planning after minute 4:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-znocsTPEw?rel=0&w=400&h=225%5D

  9. Pingback: Quora
  10. Pingback: Top Agile and Scrum Tools – Which One Is Best? | Agile Scout | Agile Project Management Training | Scoop.it
  11. Hi Peter, have you checked out MOOVIA ? It’s a new free team collaboration network, based on agile methods … please, can you review and post MOOVIA on your list ? Thanks in advance | rodrigo

    1. heh how NOT to use social media to promote your new tool.

      Thanks for compiling this, the shear volume of options is overwhelming

  12. Hmmm…. We have tried quite a few of these tools and while they are good they often lack visibility. I’m a big fan of Pivot Tables in Excel but none of the tools that I have used seem to have that ‘slice-and-dice’ type of functionality to really get a feel for what’s on the ‘cards’.

    We have put together a REALLY simple site called JUGGGLA (yes 3 G’s) that actually works pretty well. At the end of the day we humans understand what it means to work of simple ordered lists – it’s what we have been doing since the stone ages (that’s a hypothesis, I wasn’t there). Anyway, check it out – http://www.jugggla.com.

    What makes Jugggla good is that it’s uber-simple and actually quite well executed. When you think about the fact that you can manage a full project with Sticky Notes it becomes clear that you don’t need all that much from an Agile tool.

    Jugggla works well as a story board that you can slice and dice. Granted it’s a beta product so I’m sure the complexity will creep in but for now it’s doing wonders for us!

  13. Hi,

    Anyone can advice which tool has possibility to see different levels of Epics/User Stories? I mean i need a view for CxOs to show company roadmap (epics), then they would break down to smaller stories that would go to product backlogs. Now we do copy paste from backlgos to excel roadmap, so i would love to have a tool that could take care of this.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Vaidas

    1. practicalagile.co.uk has a free scrum tool that handles epics and children very well. It is web based, very simple and easy to use
      Paul..

  14. Do u have pdf with shows the comparative review of these by feature set?
    if so, could you please post.
    —-
    I also wondered have you seen any review on PaaS options. I am looking for alternatives to force.com but have force.com fab ability to enable front liners to create “situational apps”
    e.g. to use configuration (they call clicks) rather than write code.
    —-
    thankyou

  15. Breeze ( http://letsbreeze.com ) is a new tool that tries to manage tasks and projects with Kanban methods. It’s a Kanban board but doesn’t mention it anywhere. It basically lets you organize your tasks on a Kanban board and also allows you to track time on each of those tasks. Later you can generate reports based on projects and tasks – super easy to bill your clients based on that.

  16. This site is a great resource for Agile! We are beginning to use Agile development for our projects. Currently we are very manual but are looking for a cloud based Agile development tool that will help us manage multiple projects across our organization. We want to use the tool to track the progress of tasks for developers, designers, and content resources for each of the projects and get a view of our resource allocation across all the projects.

    A lot of Agile tools have been reviewed here (which is great) but I’m hoping someone could help me narrow down my search based on my above requirements.

    Thank you!
    Jeff

  17. Hey Peter,

    I’d love to hear what you think about ThetaBoard.com (my app). It’s not a strict agile/scrum/kanban app but a lot of clients are using it to manage those kinds of projects.

    If you have any questions let me know!

    Clay

  18. Hello, Have you ever consider MS Project Server 2010 with MS Project Professional 2010 as a scrum tool? The timesheet functionalities and the flexibility of MS Project Professional (together with Sharepoint 2010) seems fitting the needs. Any feedback?

  19. Hi guys,

    I miss Easy Redmine here. It is web based project management software, very smart and cheap. It has many useful extensions like Resource Management,Budget Plugin, Help Desk etc. Try it, you will see! :-)

  20. Hi,
    I’m Julien from Kagilum, the company that develops iceScrum.
    We are actually interested in you making a review of iceScrum. Moreover could you please update our cover picture with our new iceScrum frontpage? (http://www.icescrum.org/).

    Feel free to contact me for any further details. jvilleroux(at)kagilum dot com

    Best regards,

    Julien

  21. We are proud to announce a new project management tool – Scrumbay (www.scrumbay.com). Scrumbay is a web based system which enables planning and monitoring work on the project. It’s also bug tracking tool – helps to store all bug reports in one place.

    If you want to test our tool, just visit our site – http://scrumbay.com/try-it/

    Have a nice day!
    Michał

  22. glade to see a large number of agile\Scrum tools. There are several tool some are free, some are paid. I am using AgileWrap: AGILESCOUT REVIEWED for my project and I am very comfortable with this tool. I’m also like Jira (GreenHopper) agile tool and make planing an other project with this.

  23. Hi ,
    Great comparison with extensive list of tools. But I would suggest to try SwiftALM from Digite, a comprehensive end to end application lifecycle management solution for an organization. Its rich set of features including task, defect, issue, timesheet, custom reports and many others along with wide integration capability have proved it to be the most worthy among various ALM tool.
    Visit http://www.digite.com/products/swiftalm.html to learn more !

  24. EyeAgile is an online Agile Scrum project management platform that integrates all the software processes in a product development life cycle together. It includes features like release, sprint planning, idea management, backlog assignment, gantt chart for managing tasks, testing tools, resource management, actionable meeting and many more.

    Try it out at //www.eyeagile.com/free-trial.html

  25. Hi,

    If you are searching for a Libre or Open Source tool for agile management, I would suggest to look at Tuleap (www.tuleap.org). Tuleap is the first Open Source Enterprise quality suite for Application Lifecycle Management. Last year, Tuleap was awarded a Bossie Award.

    The last release of Tuleap comes with new agile tools and the first Open Source Agile Planner for Eclipse. With the Tuleap Agile Planner for Eclipse, developers have the ability to access Tuleap agile tools (releases, sprints, card-wall, burn-down chart) directly from within their IDE, avoiding switching from tool to tool.

    Enjoy!

  26. We’d like to present our agile project management tool, StanTeam (http://www.stanteam.com). It’s a free platform that has all features you need for your project management. Tickets, tasks, files, test cases, time cards, workflow… All of your data is in one place. Why do you bother yourself with having data in here and there? Why do you need to pay for these functions? Just give a try and let us know if you think it doesn’t work for you. Thanks.

  27. Hello Peter, thanks for your amazing website. I would like to introduce you and your audience to Herogami, an Agile-inspired Kanban platform designed to manage huge portfolios of projects and scales functionally to deliver a foundation of Agile project management concepts and features like:

    • milestones/sprints breakdown with backlog and WIP limit

    • structured requirements on kanban boards with custom workflows

    • issues and defect tracking also on kanban boards with custom states

    • shared calendar for events and milestone content

    • shared wiki to record notes and meetings minutes

    • documents repository with categories and preview

    On top of that, Herogami adds important and innovative collaboration facilities like:

    • projects’ to-do lists to write off one-off tasks or structured activities

    • extensive project-based configuration including components, contexts, environments, workflow statuses and more

    • powerful and contextual filters rendered in an always-ready drawer, which can be optionally hidden to provide room for content on tablets and small screens

    • meaningful, graphically rich and rewarding dashboards in projects and milestones

    Herogami’s web-responsive UI allows visual clarity on different form factors devices, from huge desktop monitors or board-room presentation screens down to laptop screens as well as small tablets. Extensive use or modern browsers features like AJAX and Drag’n’Drop brings joyful and natural interaction between users, data and processes.

    I’d be very happy if you guys could give it a try, we put our hear into it and keep doing it every day with our customers, which include many multinational top brands such as Gucci, Pirelli and more, which are using Herogami to deliver projects on a worldwide scale. I think the secret is that it’s simple enough not to be too theoretical so it does not need advocates to work just fine in large and complex organizations.

    Thanks in advance for your interest and consideration!

    Francesco

  28. Hi. We’d love it if you could have a look at Taiga.io a Free Open Source Agile tool which we released last Tuesday.

    Taiga.io became #1 trending topic on HackerNews in the space of a few hours, and the Taiga.io development team hit #1 trending on GitHub and stayed there until yesterday.

    People seem to have responded — After the first 4 days, we had reached the number of projects we had (aggressively) forecast for the first 7 months of operation!

    Taiga.io became #1 trending topic on HackerNews in the space of a few hours, and the Taiga.io development team hit #1 trending on GitHub and stayed there until yesterday (we’re still in the top 10).

    Woud love to get your thoughts, and comments, particularly now that we are on our beta and working on the roadmap.

    Thanks,

    Enrique

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *