Came upon this pretty neat Kanban card that you can use with your team. For some reason the stars (priority indicators) and hammers (complexity indicators) remind us of Soviet Mario. Sorry, couldn’t help it.
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In all our experience of looking at Agile tools, there hasn’t been a tool as simple as this one. Seriously. With most tools, you’ll go to the homepage with all the marketing spiel, click around to log in, view your dashboard and then click around to get started. With this tool, the homepage is the starting point and you’re literally one click away from your project.
Agile and Scrum aren’t supposed to be “hard.” In fact, the whole premise of both is to simplify that which was once a complicated process (i.e. waterfall processes). Well this tool is simply that.
For all those out there that use Pivotal Tracker as an Agile management tool are in for some news:
Pivotal Tracker will still be a free tool until July 19, 2011.
After that, Pivotal Tracker will be $7 per month.
This is an interesting turn of events that we’re hopeful will turn out for the best for them. It does, however change our review a bit on the tool: [Find our Agile tool review on Pivotal Tracker here]
It will still be free for public projects, non-profits, and educators. So if you’re in this bucket then you should be fine.
“At the end of the day, we’re establishing a paid model so that we can keep improving Pivotal Tracker aggressively based on your feedback, add operational capacity, and provide responsive support.” – Dan Podsedly
[See our review of Pivotal Tracker here]
The Agile Scout bots have scanned the web and we came upon this little gem of a tool. What really piqued our interest was that it was not only free, but it was a Google Chrome browser app. After fiddling around with it for a pretty good amount of time we were very impressed. Truthfully, when I was creating stories, looking at the backlog, and grabbing reports I literally said out loud to myself: “Ooo, I like this very much.”
[Enter]: GravityDev – Simple and Agile Project Management
We see a lot of Agile tools come across our desk. Our backlog is chock-full of tools that we have yet to review. When we came across this tool we knew that it had potential. It’s got all the “agile” features that a team would want with quick load times and plenty of integration. Since it uses your already existing email (Gmail/Yahoo) account, you get notified of any changes to any stories that your assigned to. Collaboration is a snap if you have access at your workplace for personal email.
Ever had a great idea and needed a place to store it? Oh wait, you already have an app for that called Evernote. Wait, stay with us here. This tool that we found may just help you “visualize” your ideas in once central place and collaborate with other people about your ideas.
Enter: Wridea – Idea Management and Brainstorming Tools
Many of our readers are consultants, coaches, and Agile software development practitioners. We can help our clients, customers, and companies where we are, face-to-face.
Why not use online mediums to broaden our audience? We know that @pmstudent runs his own show on his site pmstudent.com and that works for him, but what about the rest of us? Ever wanted to set up your own class? How about your own University?
Enter: Prfessor.com – Creating Your Own University Online
Want to know how your competition is building their sites? Drop this bookmarklet into your bookmarks and give it a go.
See how we did it with Agilescout.com:
Here is a tool that came up on our radar with very little flash. If you even look at the title of the tool and the features list, it’s pretty straight-forward:
Project management tools
Enter: Binfire – File hosting, collaboration, and project management
There are a lot of free Agile tools out there for Agile teams. Some are good, some are great, some just stand out from the crowd. If you’ve been doing some sort of Agile work, you’ve probably heard of this tool before, and there is a reason you have: It’s one of the best. Period.
*EDIT – This tool is now a freemium-paid tool. Find out the news here.
[Enter]: Pivotal Tracker – Build better software, faster.
Make no mistake. There is a reason it’s on top. It’s free, it’s light, it’s effective. Ok ok. Does it sound like I’m biased? Well, to be completely honest (as the reviewer), I’ve not only built training around Pivotal Tracker for clients, but I’ve created process documents, control documents, and sold several of my clients on Pivotal Tracker, or “Tracker” as the development team calls it.
As Joe Moore (@joem), a Pivotal Tracker developer, or “Pivot,” I met up with recently can attest, YES, I’m sold on Pivotal Tracker’s ability to manage Agile teams and their workflow with ease. I even showed him the documentation I built out for clients (which I’ll share here).
Does this sound like an unfair review already? Not really. Just because I’ve used it extensively doesn’t mean it’s a 10/10. Ready? Let’s dive in.
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Find it on the App Store here.
One of our Scouts was searching around the interwebs and found this little gem of an Agile tool. We haven’t heard too much about it before, but we thought we’d give it a spin.
Enter: Planbox – Be Agile in everything you manage
Upon first look it has many features to be desired in an Agile tool, and this particular tool, homegrown in it’s roots fits Agile, exactly. What we like is a little bit of the backstory: These guys couldn’t find an Agile tool they liked… so they built it!
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ALDON AGILE MANAGER FOR MICROSOFT WINDOWS® NOW AVAILABLE
Free Agile Project Management Application Supporting Agile Teams Everywhere
Emeryville, Calif. – February 1, 2011 – Aldon today announced its free agile project management application, Aldon Agile Manager™ is now available for desktops running Windows® XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32-bit versions) or on a Windows Server running Windows Server 2008 (32-bit). Aldon Agile Manager is part of Aldon’s total Agile ALM solution focused on helping companies bring agile into their business at a pace that’s right for them, whether they are going all in, starting small, or taking a hybrid approach.
We here at AgileScout.com recently got a backstage pass to see the newest Agile tool on the street. We got 45 minutes of awesomeness from Sarah Johansen and Peter Webb, walking us through this new tool (Released 12/1/2010 PR) and showing us what it’s all about. Boy, were we impressed!
Enter: Aldon Agile Manager – An Agile Tool Built by the Community
Agile teams need Agile UX and UI designers and developers.
Agile UI and UX designers and developers need cool sketch pads.
A match made in heaven! We loved these when we saw them!
– 8.5 X 11 Inches
– 50 Sheets in a pad.
– 70 lb Paper
– Chip board back
– 100% Recyclable
SmartQ is a web-based visual project board for tracking tickets through a multi-step process. Distribute the work, track the progress, identify the bottlenecks and store team communication in one central place. Adjustable to fit any workflow.
News Flash: SmartQ Out of beta now. Be a beta tester for 30 days free. Check it out. You may be very glad you did.
The Rails Rumble 2010 event made a huge splash in the collaboration-tool department. It seems like developers are always looking for a way to make communication between team members and clients easier. A quick google search for collaboration tools will have you spinning in your seat at the numerous different apps out there.
Are you Boarrd with the app your using now? Well, try a new one!
Enter: Boarrd – A Widget-Intensive Status Platform
Enter: Splendid Bacon – Project Management* for Hackers
After months of waiting to get an account, Agile Scout is finally in and ready to view one of the hottest project management and collaboration tools out there.
Fan of Basecamp? You’re in luck. Because this tool is FREE (For now…)!
Enter: Podio – The New Work Platform
Want an easy way to keep your team or client updated on what’s happening? Don’t want them to go through labor-intensive sign-up processes? Want to be able to give clients and customers updated often on the status of their project quickly and efficiently?
Well the Rails Rumble 2010 attendees pushed out this program in 48 hours.
Enter: ClientStat.us – Updates Without the Hassel of Logins or Passwords
Enter: GoMockingBird.com – Wireframes on the fly
If your into Agile and UX this may just be a tool you can use. Plus, it’s free to try out.
We here at AgileScout.com scour the web daily for the best news and blogs about Agile software development and beyond. Our RSS burner lights up throughout the day with new content from Agile bloggers around the world.
Well, since we’re concerned with making sure our content is served 24/7, we need to monitor our up-time.
Enter: Pingdom – Website uptime monitoring
iPhone, iPad, and Mac users rejoice! Now there is a free (for a limited time) an app that allows you to quickly and seemlessly transfer and access files.
As our Best Agile Scrum Tools list continues to grow, we are constantly searching for that one tool that will do exactly what we need it to do: Manage Agile projects with ease. We’re looking for a tool that has collaboration, Agile workflow options, task management, metrics, communication streams to clients and customers (Product Owners), permission options, developer tools, time tracking, API connectivity, and even a little bit of extra juice that makes a user want to use it.
Is there a perfect tool for any business? Absolutely not. That’s why development shops keep pushing the envelope and making our lives as developers even easier.
Are there tools out there that are pretty darn close? Well, we got one on our radar.
Enter: Agile Scout – Agile Jobs.
Ok, ok. For those that think this is a joke, hold on to your pants for a second. This may be just the thing for your international or dispersed team members.
Enter: Tweet Scrum – Taking Control of Your Daily Scrums
[Want to see the tool and not the review below? Go to www.agilebench.com]
So far The Agile Scout has reviewed several different types of Agile project management tools so far: Task Management, Priority Management, and Collaboration Management. All of these tools were fantastic in their own right and they have a particular tool-set focus and business model.
Yep, that’s what we were thinking.
Enter: Agile Bench, The Easiest Way to Manage Agile Projects (@agilebench)
Straight from them:
“OmmWriter Dana is a humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away from us today: our capacity to concentrate. If you are a scriptwriter, blogger, journalist, copywriter, poet or just someone who enjoys writing, welcome back to concentrating.”
See our screen captures after the jump.
Enter SikBox – Live Searching on Your Site. There isn’t much more to say about this tool other than it’s just so darn simple to use.