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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.
Why not combine all of those?
Yep, that’s what we were thinking.
Enter: Agile Bench, The Easiest Way to Manage Agile Projects (@agilebench)
We like simple tools. Tools that allow us to manage teams efficiently in all ways: Grooming the backlog, planning releases, estimating work, and staying on top of issues and blockers quickly and affectively. A tool should be something that merely augments the processes you already have and radiates only the information you need.
Can Agile Bench do all of that? Yes sir, and more.
How to get started? It’s easy. You can either watch a short video, or jump into the game. Hey, you don’t even have to really sign up to try it out (we like that a lot)!
Want to get started on your new project instead of reading copious amounts of text?
- Give it a title
- Put in an email
- Set your iteration length (which you can change later)
- Boom. You’re done.
Simple sign up. What’s even better? It’s so darn easy to get started. For Agile Scouts like us, we’re very familiar with some of the foundational elements in Scrum. From a backlog, sprint releases, estimating tasks, burndown charts, and assigning work. It’s all intuitive.
Enter in a story with an estimate and type. It even gives you options as to whether it is a Story, Bug, Chore, or Epic (which we’d hope you break down into more consumable smaller stories).
Fill in some details or comment on the story. *Tool Tip - Remember to save your details before you add a comment. If you do both, and then save just one of them, you’ll lose the changes you made in the box that you didn’t click save (We found out the hard way).
Now you have a sweet list of tasks. Next step? Assign them to an iteration as they are all now in your backlog. Easy-cakes:
Now you can drag and drop your stories into different swimlanes: In Progress, Done, Paused:
And now your basically done. Let the backend take care of your burndown charts, dashboard, and other information radiators that allow you to focus on the total project.
We foresee this tool augmenting a tight-nit Scrum group that understands the basics of Scrum very well. But if your team isn’t there yet, it’s a great task-management tool that allows your team to start on the Scrum journey.
Our recommendation? Check it out and see if it works for your team and your Agile software development environment. With an easy sign up, an intuitive interface, and a simple workflow you may not need much more. Agile tools are supposed to be simple, right? Agile Bench is just that.
Make sure to follow Agile Bench on Twitter @agilebench. We understand they’re dropping new API connectivity soon. Epic!