[Tool Review] – Tom’s Planner – Making Gantt Charts Pretty

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Are you an Agile Project Manager or Scrum Master Project Manager? Read: Standard Project Manager? Well, if you have a client that still needs Gantt charts to see schedules, look no further. This tool is a really easy gantt chart maker, all on the cloud.

“Tom’s Planner is Gantt chart software that allows anyone to create, collaborate and share Gantt Charts online with drag and drop simplicity. It’s web based, extremely intuitive and easy-to-use.” – Tom’s Planner

[Enter]: Tom’s PlannerReally pretty online gantt chart maker

So why are we reviewing this tool? It’s not exactly a standard Agile tool and many people would say that making a Gantt chart isn’t Agile at all. I would disagree. These type of scheduling charts still have their place in business. So let’s give it a run.

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[Tool Review] – Action Method for iPad – Task Management on the Go

As iPad saturates the IT development environment more and more users are wanting iPad support for their favorite task management tools. We know that Pivotal Tracker has iPhone support, and a tool we reviewed before is specific for the iPhone (Scrum2Go Review), but how about the iPad?

At my current client, at least 5 developers have iPads and use them regularly. Should tool developers be looking towards mobile and tablets? Absolutely.

Enter: Action Method Powerful Mobile Task Management

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[Tool Review] – Geckoboard – Create Your Own Personal Dashboard

Want a cool web app that allows you to create your own sweet dashboard? You have to know a little about API’s and stuff, but this online tool could put just what you need in front of you.

[Enter]: GeckoboardYour Business in Real Time

“Want web analytics, CRM, support, infrastructure, project management, sales… all in one place? Geckoboard is a hosted, real-time status board serving up the indicators that matter to you.”

It took a little bit of time to get a beta invite to join, but once we got in, we really liked what we saw. It’s as easy as one-two click to add a widget. From CRM, email, project management, social media, and web analytics, you can click and choose what you want to see.

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AgileBlend.com – Distilling the Best Agile and PM Links

Invite alert. Looks like a brand spankin’ new site has emerged… and the Agile Scout is trying it out (and will continue to use it)!

[AgileBlend.com] – Simple enough. You like DIGG/Reddit? This one is simply for Agile and Project Management.

  1. Quick Signup
  2. Add a link
  3. Put in a blurb about what it’s about
  4. Let the community vote for the best Agile and Project Management links out there

If you have a blog and want to drive traffic? This could help you do it. Gotta love the logo too, it’s pure blended sweetness!

[VIA: AgileBlend]

[Tool Review] – CollabPress – Project Management for WordPress

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Many bloggers use WordPress as their blogging platform and even as a content management system. So why not add a little bit of project management to the mix?

[Enter]: CollabPressProject Management for WordPress

CollabPress is a plugin which adds project and task management functionality to WordPress. Easily create projects and assign tasks to users.

  • Unlimited projects, task lists, tasks, and comments
  • Easily edit/delete projects, task lists, tasks, and comments
  • Email notifications for new tasks and comments
  • Task due dates with a calendar view
  • Uses built-in WordPress user accounts
  • Activity log tracking all activity
  • Multisite compatible
  • 100% GPL and Free!

I’m a big fan of WordPress.

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[Tool Review] – Wridea – For Thought Management

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: WrideaIdea Management and Brainstorming Tools

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[Tool Review] – Prfessor – Create Your Own University

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.comCreating Your Own University Online

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[Agile UX/UI Tool] – Wirify – Webpage to Wireframes

The guys over at Volkside have created a very cool tool Wirify for anyone in the UX and UI space.

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:

Agile Scout’s competition is tight. We’re going to rip The Critical Path by Derek Huether‘s site so we can copy how he runs the internet.

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[Misc Tool] – Agile UX and UI Developers Paper Pad

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

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[Tool Review] – Boarrd with Project Management?

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: BoarrdA Widget-Intensive Status Platform

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[Tool Review] – Give Your Clients Realtime Updates with ClientStat.us

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

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[Tool Review] – GoMockingBird for Wireframes – Now Out of Beta!

Enter: GoMockingBird.comWireframes 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 have been big fans of tools like this. We actually talked about another wireframe tool called LucidChart before, which we like a lot.

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[Misc Tools] – Agile Bloggers – Know Your Agile Blog’s Status

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: PingdomWebsite uptime monitoring

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Tool Review – Tweet Scrum – Scrum Twitter Style

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

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Tool Review – OmmWriter Dana – Writers Rejoice!

Introducing OmmWriter Dāna from herraizsoto&co on Vimeo.

The Agile Scout has been a huge fan of the first version of OmmWriter that came out for the Mac a while ago. Now they’re back and better than ever with Dana.

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.

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Tool Review – SikBox for Live Searching on [Your Blog]

We here at Agile Scout love tools that help people just like us: Bloggers.

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.

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Tool Review – Standard Theme – The Best WordPress Theme Out There

We here at Agile Scout are power users. We need a blogging platform that is not only powerful, but flexible and adaptive to our needs. We need something that we never have to worry about and know will work exactly how we want it to.

Enter: Standard Theme

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Tool Review – LucidChart Makes Online Diagraming Easy

Every designer I know loves to use charts to represent what the developers need to build.

Well, I’ve been a big fan of MockingBird (www.gomockingbird.com) for a long time for online drawing tools, but I think I’ve just found something even better. Continue reading “Tool Review – LucidChart Makes Online Diagraming Easy”