Tools That Help to Manage Agile Process
According to the Project Management Institute, more than 71% of successful organizations use an agile system.
Its initial purpose was to help conduct nascent software-development projects. Now, it is one of the most accepted and efficient project management systems.
In the following article, we’ll take a look at ten of the best and how to get started with agile project management.
actiTIME includes time-tracking, reports, scope management, and accounting in one place. With this software, you can manage workloads, analyze performance, and manage personnel time. actiTIME’s customer service is top-notch, with a guided tour of the software given with an expert’s input during the use of a software demo.
One of the more interesting features of actiTIME is that the software is streamlined so that external consultants and freelancers can work with project managers and other software users within the environment.
Assembla’s claim to fame is its security features. The company claims that it is the “most secure” platform for software development on Earth on its website. That’s a big claim, but its cloud platform gets a high rating.
One of the things that Assembla gets a high mark for from users is its excellent version control. Users say it’s easy to carry out each project, even for different organizations in different fields. Other users give high marks to Assembla’s ability to import and export to different repositories.
However, with Assembla, some users have complained that the initial setup of Assembla is a slow, tedious process and that needs more implicit explanations.
Axosoft stresses customer and client relationships, above all. The company claims 11,000 teams using Axosoft across the planet. Axosoft gets rave reviews for its “flexibility” and scrum capability.
Unfortunately, some users complained that task issues sometimes seemed to get lost. Other users had quibbles with Axosofts auto-save mechanics and the software’s ability to convert to the web.
Codegiant boasts about its Git repositories. The company has a WEB IDE for each Git repository. That’s pretty remarkable. And the company says you can import the repositories like Github or Bitbucket.
Codegiant works well with both Kanban and Agile and is free for companies with five or fewer users. Large user sets have to pay a monthly fee. This is a similar pricing scheme for a few of the websites on this list.
Another element that Codegiant gets high marks for is its ability to seamlessly comingle with Slack. This is a great way for team members to communicate and take individual or personal discussions in and out of the project environment.
Forecast skips the jargon and puts project management in terms that everyone can understand. Want to skip copy and pasting spreadsheets? Want to evaluate resources? Want to apply management to lagging project elements? Forecast explains how to with its software in easy to understand language.
Hive stresses analytics, actions, and flexible ways to view projects. Like the other companies on this list, the Hive platform boasts templates that can reduce redundancies and stop users from repeating tasks. This all lies in the company’s platform, where you can create custom labels, buttons, and subactions.
These guys are not squirrely. (Get it?) In fact, they can brag that 130,000 businesses and counting are using their software, including Whitewhale, Rakuten, and Chroma. They focus on a “workspace” that is used to browse tasks and plan and track projects. Nutcache uses a Gantt chart for many functions, which is especially useful for budgeting and time utilization.
8. Scrum Mate
Scrum Mate works with both scrum sprints and Kaban workflows. The company markets itself for creative work environments where solutions rule. Scrum Mate helps keep related backlogs organized and develop plans for evolving tasks.
Task Board is part of the SharePoint Online stable of web-based products. Its board utilizes several multi-colored cards integrated with metadata. There’s also drag and drop editing features that flow into a SharePoint page. The Task Board also makes it easy to assign tasks and monitor status.
10. Zoho Sprints
With an emphasis on customer release and shipping, Zoho Sprints is a simple product with a no-frills interface. It’s best for companies looking to utilize iterative cycles and software dev teams. Like others on this list, the software works like an app and is used over several desktop and mobile platforms.
The Customer Comes First
Whatever agile process you choose for your small business, customer satisfaction is the most important thing to keep in mind. You should experiment with some of the above applications and see which one works best for your team. Your business is not the same as your competitors. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to your project management needs.