There are a lot of online project management tools. I have selected several of these tools that aim to simplify the practices of the Scrum framework. These tools should have features for the three Scrum roles that makes their life easier. The applications should for example make it painless to collect user stories and maintain the product backlog for the product owner. Typically it is advised to be careful with using tools because time should be spend on doing Scrum (and your work). We should remember that the first value of the Agile Manifesto is: “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. At the other hand, it can be very informative how the various tools have implemented Scrum and what they see as the best practices. I am especially interested in the question: “Are one of these tools really time saving and therefore essential to use?” Impressions of the tools I will not try to systematically test to prove that a tool is appropriate or not. Just my first impressions and I will try to accomplish couple of standard user scenarios like prioritizing the product backlog or defining a sprint backlog and generating a burn down chart. The selected tools: I have selected 8 tools that seem to target Scrum teams: 1. skinnyboard.com 2. scrumpad.com 3. acunote.com 4. versionone.com 5. rallydev.com 6. scrumedge.com 7. pangoscrum.com 8. pivotaltracker.com All of the tools are web based and can be used without installing any additional software. The pricing is for some of the tools totally free and others are monthly paid hosted solutions.
I actually made it. I am really, really, really really proud to have been invited to take the stage, there, in that Holiest of Holy places: the annual South-by-Southwest Interactive Festival. And of course, I will happily lend my expertise to what is going to be my third south-by.