Once you achieved the right Agile mindset, it’s time to decide whether you continue to use a physical board or adopt an electronic tool.
While a physical board is tangible, fully customizable and a great information radiator, it is limited when it comes to supporting distributed teams, easy tracking/report generating, aggregating of information and creating different views/hierarchies of information. In some cases, teams/organizations decide to take a hybrid solution and combine physical board with an electronic tool.
We can help you select the right tool and help you implement it in your organization based on our experience. Contact us and we can help you build a context-specific short-list.
In general, there are a plethora of electronic tools on the market. Some are general Lifecycle Management tools that support Agile and some are solutions specialized in Agile that are integrated with other tools to provide a full solution.
AgileSparks provides you with this short (partial) list of tools we have a good experience with, which you might want to look at (in alphabetical order).
- Atlassian JIRA Agile (See our Agile w/ JIRA workshop that helps teams leverage JIRA effectively)
- CA Agile Central (Formerly RallyDev)
- LeanKit Kanban
- Microsoft TFS (See our Agile w/ TFS workshop that helps teams leverage TFS effectively)
Beyond these Agile ALM tools, some interesting tools to look at might be:
- Flow-E – A personal Kanban tool that integrates with your email inbox
- ActionableAgile – Strong Lean/Agile analytics and Monte-Carlo simulations based on data you pull from your current tools (integrates with JIRA/TFS/others)
- Retrium – A tool that helps distributed teams run effective retrospectives.
Note: Each of those tools. as well as others we have experience with, have pros and cons. There isn’t a “best agile tool” out there.