[Tool Review] – Scrumy – Lightweight Scrum and Kanban

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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.

[Enter]: ScrumySeriously simple Scrum with a Kanban board

Click on a “new free project” from the homepage and you’re off. An auto-generated page is created and you can do 4 things:

  1. Create a new story
  2. Create a task
  3. Assign the task
  4. Move the tasks across the board

Add in some tasks and assignees and you are good to go. Every new free project begins with a tutorial. Just click and close those windows as they pop up. No worries there.

Yep. Our task “blah” is ready to go and move across the board. Just click and drag it. Be careful though, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t drag the task into the wrong swimlane and assign it to a different story.

Izzat it? Pretty much folks. That’s it.

Why do we like Scrumy as a Scrum and Kanban tool?

  • It’s free.
  • It’s light weight.
  • You can save your project and return to it later (remember the URL).
  • Unlimited projects.
  • Simple workflow.
  • Simple webhook and restful API

What’s not so hot?

  • The above is about it.
  • No metrics or charts.
  • No notifications.

But what about upgrading to Pro for $7/month?

Well, glad you asked. If you upgrade you can password protect your project. You get the Dashboard to help you manage multiple sprints and your backlog. You get Burndown Charts to help you schedule. You get Live Updating, helpful for distributed teams. You gain access to the Scrumy API. You can rename your project at any time. Your project will never be deleted for inactivity. Ever.

Sounds like a winner? Dang. For 7 bones a month, it’s not bad. Give it a spin. If your not convinced… well, these guys have something to say to you:

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11 Responses to “[Tool Review] – Scrumy – Lightweight Scrum and Kanban”

  1. Unimpressed
    February 2, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Well, you get what you (don’t) pay for.

    If agile project management is a joke for you and/or your company, if you’re impressed by nerds trying to be funny on a YouTube video (spoiler alert: they’re NOT), or if you make your IT tool selections based on cheap PR shticks – then crappy, sorry – Scrumy – is for you.

    There is as much Scrum and Kanban in this tool, as there is agility in the Waterfall methdology. An electronic Post-It note is NOT a User Story object, and a pre-defined visible workflow board is NOT Kanban.

    There are much (much!) better affordable options available on the market. Don’t waste your time.

    • peter
      February 2, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      Thanks for the input. It’s free after all and (very) simple.

    • Robert Brend
      February 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      First, let me clarify that I am part of the Scrumy team.

      That was one harsh comment posted by Unimpressed (I wonder if it is a competitor). Thanks for kinda backing us up after that peter. Clearly what you can see that he can’t is that the whole point of Scrumy is to keep everything as simple as absolutely possible. Adding more is no longer agile, in our opinion.

      • peter
        February 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

        Well said. Keep doing that you’re doing! We support ya~

      • Rob Stanford
        July 11, 2011 at 5:15 am #

        I couldn’t agree more. There are so many tools out there for people who spend their whole time pushing tasks around and doing ‘meta-work’. Scrumy is useful because it cuts all that out and lets you get down to real work.

        • peter
          July 11, 2011 at 8:50 am #

          Sometimes the simplest thing always works.

      • Steve
        August 17, 2011 at 8:49 am #

        I’ll second that. While Scrumy does not have features to manage enterprise-wide projects/backlogs, it is ideal for managing the tasks of a single team. Our company started with VersionOne, but mostly abandoned it because it kept getting in the way.

        BTW Robert – good to see some activity in 2011 – from the Scrumy site and blog it was looking like a dead project – which is a concern. You need to at least update the blog so we know someone is alive over there :)

        • peter
          August 17, 2011 at 10:24 am #

          Keep it goin!

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