This is a post by guest blogger Steward CopperA few days ago I was attending the IT Project Management Conference and participated in a survey. All the attendants were asked one question: "What project management tool or solution do you use for the Agile projects?" Among the Top-10 Agile tools there were the ones I'd used to manage, plan and track my projects and processes - MS Excel, Pivotal Tracker, Comindware and VersionOne. So, let me share my thoughts and experience of using them for task management, sprint and iteration planning, daily meetings, burn-downcharts creation, project tracking and other Agile techniques.
- allows to create a product backlog while listing user stories, placing estimates and deadlines;
- allows to plan iterations or sprints (it's good to create a template on a specific sheet);
- allows to group tasks into sprints using a using a standard group tool;
- allows to add any kind of comments for the tasks, stories and other entities using a standard commenting tool;
- allows to support daily stand-ups while filling a sprint progress data;
- provides very high level of flexibility while drawing graphs including burn-down chart, creating custom reports including digital dashboards and so on.
Excel helps many of us to manage projects but it's not so good for remote teams and big projects. Some managers don't use Excel because it doesn't provide the set of predefined processes.
- it's developed especially for Agile projects and uses Iterative Management Workflow approach;
- it allows to create iterations or sprints including tasks (tickets) of different priority;