Agile Management Tools

I’m looking at the options available for agile project management, and thought I’d put a list here to help out anyone else who might be looking as well.

  • AgileBuddy: Works either hosted or as a local install, which can be handy. I like this tool, and it feels fairly close to PivotalTracker in usability. There’s a free edition for up to 3 users on one project; after that, the basic edition is $9.95/user/month, the team edition is $12.95/user/month, and adds things like connectors and a REST API. For only another $3/month I’m not sure why you’d cut corners and go for the basic edition, actually.
  • Agile on Demand: A more complex tool, this supports many projects/teams so might be good for an enterprise, with multiple roles, multiple dashboards, etc. Up to 5 users is free, after that it’s $32/user/month or more.
  • AgileTrack: More of an issue/release tracker, which doesn’t seem to manage stories/sprints as much as the other tools, but as a tracker could be interesting. Provides web services for integration, supports file attachments. Costs $39/user annual or less for more users.
  • ExtremePlanner: The dashboard shows backlog, iterations, and active tasks, with drag and drop to move stories from backlog into release, a fairly standard feature. Can attach files and test cases to stories. License is $149/user, plus $40 annual maintenance per user.
  • Mingle: Mingle is sort of a super-tool, with an integrated wiki, RSS feeds, configurable templates, test management, defect tracking, and much more. For a big company I can see it, but for a startup it feels like overkill. Would probably take some time to learn it and configure it. You can try it free for 5 users or less; above that it’s $566/user annually.
  • Pivotal Tracker: Perhaps my favorite of the tools I’ve looked at. Free, very lean and focused, it lacks bells and whistles and that’s purposeful. If you’re looking for a tool for a large enterprise with multiple departments, it might not do what you want, but for a small team, it’s great. I might not be able to use it at my current company because of some legal concerns about the terms and conditions, though.
  • ProjectCards: This comes as a downloadable installer and uses Tomcat on Linux; support for Mac is unclear. There’s a free version for 2 users and 4 projects with 200 cards max per project; the regular version is $145/user for 1-10, $140 for 11+ users.
  • Rally: A big tool, Rally provides the usual backlog/iteration support, for multiple teams and projects, as well as defect tracking and more built in. There’s a free community edition for one project and up to 10 seats; the Enterprise edition is $35/user/month, with an annual commitment required.
  • ScrumDesk: This one supports multiple teams, provides like most a story board view, allows attachments and tags for stories, but feels a bit rough compared to some others. Up to 5 licenses free, after that $15/user/month or more.
  • ScrumNinja: I played with this one when it was in Beta, and though the features were minimal it was clean and easy to use. Compared to the free PivotalTracker, though, I didn’t feel at the time that it was as strong. It looks a bit fuller now, and has a REST API as well. Not sure if attachments for stories are supported. Free for one user, then $10/user/month or less for larger teams.
  • ScrumWorks: A fairly large tool, it provides product management, milestones, weighting, sprint and user management, drag and drop task board and attachments, and so on, including a web service API. There’s a free basic edition that lacks many of the features; the Pro edition is $500/user fully-paid, or $289/user per annum subscription.
  • Tackle: This is an open-source tool using ASP.Net and SQL Server, because of which I didn’t look any more closely. If that’s your tech stack, though, check it out.
  • TinyPM: The interface on this one is a bit rough, but it’s a nice small tool, with the usual project backlog, task board, stories with tags, plus a built-in wiki. The community edition is a free download for up to 5 users, while the standard edition can be either installed or hosted, and is 12,50€/user/month.
  • XPlanner: An open-source project, this can be downloaded and uses Java with MySQL. Browser-based, has the usual UI to manage iterations and stories with tasks, though it doesn’t seem to support attachments. It looks to be somewhat specialized for XP, not just Scrum, with minimal features compared to some of the other tools.

Please feel free to point to tools you may have used and liked, and share opinions on the above. I haven’t provided lots of details here, because most of them are unique enough that anyone should look them over to make your own choices. Plus, I’m still investigating so I don’t have a lot of info about all of them. More later when I make a choice and use it for a while!

  1. Tim Fullerton said:

    I’m actually very happy with Rally, so these criticisms are me being extremely picky:
    1. It guides us to put everything under one user story that can be finished completely in one sprint. I am unable to comply with either of those guidelines. All of my tasks up to this point have been pretty project management oriented, and not readily attributable to a “User Story.” I cannot finish the categories I put the tasks under in a single sprint.
    2. The hierarchy seems unnecessarily deep. First I need to create a user story that is not attributed to a sprint, then I need to create a child user story that is attributed to a sprint, then I need to put my sprint task in that. A lot of the time, I’m just putting one task in that user story. It would be better if I could merely attribute a sprint to a task.
    3. It takes a lot of time to do anything. It’s a web based tool, with an optional Visual Studio plug in, so many compromises were made in the UI with respect to usability. It would be better if there were a windows client.

  2. What? No VersionOne listing? I’m surprised since you listed Rally! I’m a happy V1 admin/user. Great community.

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