Many companies are adopting agile methods and practices as they build their software, apps or other products. As they adopt these practices, they also establish an agile project management. Some of the benefits include having better product quality, high customer satisfaction, increased team morale, collaboration, ownership, and relevant metrics. Therefore, the whole organization, from project sponsors to the development teams prepare with a new mindset. However, in addition to the willingness and preparation, they should also have the tools to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here is where agile project management software can help.
The Top 5
Agile project management software are tools, hosted or installed, that aid in the collection of data, presentation of information, automation of tasks, integration of applications, communication of users and centralization of files. Below is a list of software that we have reviewed. These tools will surely help the project manager, product owner, Scrum Master, team members and other stakeholders to remain focused on the project of developing a product that the customer needs. With these tools, people can go to a central place to view and plan for their backlogs, schedule releases, monitor iterations and sprints, update task status, collaborate, resolve issues, and review performance.
Axosoft is a leading Scrum tool that can be used as SaaS or installed on-premise. It has an impressive array of tools for planning backlog items, release, version and sprints. It also has views and reports that can show velocity charts, capacity indicators, burndown charts and a visual drag-and-drop Kanban board. With the use of branded Customer Portal, it can provide updates, accept tickets and share documentation through wikis. Its API allows integration with many web services such as GitHub, Salesforce, and Zendesk, to name a few. It is free to try for 14 days, and is free for up to 10 users, with several premium plans on a per user basis.
VersionOne is a scalable agile project management software. It uses openAgile integration connectors so it can run on many types of platforms that a company is already using. It can run as SaaS or on local, on-premise infrastructure. It will support different methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP, and others. It also supports alignment at the team, program and portfolio levels, making it an all-in-one lifecycle management tool. It also has planning and tracking features, collaboration, visual boards, and reporting and analytics. It has a free plan for up to 10 users, and several premium plans that companies of different sizes can choose from.
TargetProcess is another web-based agile project management software that has a highly visual interface to support Scrum, Kanban and other types of agile and lean practices. From a central interface, users can make use of boards, lists, timelines and other custom views to manage their project. It has native apps for iOS and Android devices. Clients include Sony, Cisco, Citrix and Intel. It has free and premium plans, where paid plans include for unlimited entities, public views, and processes. Pricing starts at $20 per user when billed annually. It can also be installed on-premise.
Yodiz is an online application built in 2010 by a privately held company from Finland. Aside from being a complete Scrum tool, it has an issue tracker, release planning and priority features, a dashboard that shows progress on the project level of multiple projects, and real-time messaging. It also has a visual board for sprint planning and management of user stories that can be associated to epics. It integrates with many web services, has native iOS and Android apps, and offers a free plan for up to 3 users. Clients include Nokia, Motorola and Hope Bay Technologies.
Planbox is a web-based application owned by a privately held company based in Montreal, Canada. Users can easily prioritize backlog items with its four-level structure. They can track the project and the team’s progress with burndown charts and other metrics. Users can collaborate in real-time through the dashboard. Comments and documents can be attached to the tasks. It integrates with many web tools and services and can be accessed from mobile devices. Pricing is based on a set number of users or collaborators billed on a monthly or yearly basis.
There are other agile PM and Scrum tools available, but what is important to remember is that agile teams and organizations still need project management. The title and function may not rest with one person as in the traditional way, but the work and responsibilities remain. Administration tasks, communication issues, and the need for leadership will still be present, although in different circumstances. However, these new challenges can be effectively met with the help of using the right agile and scrum project management software.