Targetprocess is a tool to visualise and manage Agile projects with native support for Scrum, Kanban or even a customised Agile methodology. With enhanced visualization functionality, Targetprocess gives the visibility you need across teams, projects and your entire organization.
Targetprocess re-invents the workflow board, by combining Trello and typical issue trackers and project management systems. Create views to slice the data and drag and drop between grids to change properties of the cards. Customise the app to fit into your workflow in a way that is not possible with many other tools. This is superior to customising your workflow to fit the app!
Everything from complex reporting and data insights to very custom workflows and notifications is possible with TargetProcess. You can even add your own mashups to extend the functionality.
Keep track of all your projects with separate team workflows. Multiple view options to filter down what you need to see. Comprehensive reporting options, a full and well documented API coupled with great customer support makes TargetProcess the winner for Agile Product Development.
VersionOne has a clean, intuitive user interface. Customize your projects for any style of Agile your team uses eg DSDM, Scrum or XP. Users can pick up VersionOne and quickly learn how to drag-and-drop on the project boards, make comments, and keep in touch with their team. VersionOne integrates with a host of Application Lifecycle Management tools, including Jira, GIT, HP Quality Center, and Microsoft Visual Studio.
VersionOne is an agile project management solution for development teams of all sizes. You get; project boards with epics, stories, goals, issues and defects; sprint planning; project roadmapping; release planning and test management.
The collaboration tools offered by VersionOne include “Conversations”, which enable status sharing, questions, and discussion forums. “Ideas” provide a platform for your client ideas to be voiced through automated data submission. Ideas can then be voted on and prioritised.
The VersionOnes TeamRoom provides interactive Storyboards and Taskboards for team collaboration, while the PlanningRoom provides a space for product managers, owners and agile planners to manage projects through tools such as Epicboards and Portfolio Timelines.
3) CA Agile Central (Rally)
Rallys software and cloud services help teams manage complex software projects and include functionality for team collaboration, managing projects, portfolios of work, diagnostic analysis, and platform integration.
Rallys suite goes beyond bug tracking and version control and integrates the entire Agile cycle, from gleaning customer feedback to publishing the latest version of a new product.
Rally provides visibility of progress across a large number of teams and also provides product management visibility of their product features. The open API is allows integration to other systems you may be using.
The cloud-based agile lifecycle management platform scales to an unlimited number of teams and features custom pages and dashboards to automate various development processes.
4) Pivotal Tracker
If issue tracking features are an important to you, you should know that Pivotal Tracker allows users to resolve issues through multiple workflows. This means that issues in your new product development project can be handled differently than bugs in your latest build.
PivotalTracker provides an informative overview of your project and current sprint. You have a single view into the project allowing you to see exactly what is happening fast. The interface is simple and sprints are created automatically based on defined estimates. Your project practically runs itself!
You can create stories to segment large projects, while simultaneously keeping everyone up to date on their section of the project. This makes projects more manageable and improves communication on projects tremendously.
PivotalTracker does very few things, but it does them all exceptionally well. Easily organise your tasks by status and tag them for additional organisation. Pivotal Trackers basic built-in reporting is somewhat limited compared to other solutions, however their API allows third party applications to enhance their reporting capabilities.
Sprint.ly is a SaaS tool created to power a more productive relationship between development teams and management. Sprint.ly is designed to be transparent, flexible and usable. Cross-functional teams can more reliably deliver higher quality software products.
Sprint.ly gives you a full view of what your team is currently working on across all stages of development. Sort and search for items based on owner, type, stage, date range or by tags. Sprint.ly allows you to view resource utilisation to ensure work is balanced across your team.
Sprint.ly features market-leading integration with GitHub. Items can be updated and their status can be changed automatically from within a GitHub Commit message or Pull Request. Sprintly supports multiple repositories syncing with a single Sprint.ly project. In addition, Sprintly integrates with development tools such as BitBucket, Beanstalk, Crashlytics, Rollbar and Slack.
The user interface is very good looking! Sprintly is easy on the eyes, and when you have to look at a tool all day, that’s a plus.
Ironically Sprint.ly doesn’t use sprints. Instead it uses a tagging system rather than having unique fields for tracking sprints, milestones and components.
6) Atlassian Jira
Jira by Atlassian is a popular tool for tracking development tasks. Originally a bug tracking tool – Jira has been expanded to include Agile functionality. Enable your teams to organiae issues, assign work, and follow team activity.
Jira is highly customisable, almost anything can be adjusted to suit your needs.
Theres configurable workflows that allow separate life cycles for each project. Organise your JIRA dashboard any way you want and create as many dashboards as needed. This can help you when preparing for team meetings and generating reports.
Atlassian JIRA has very powerful permission settings so you can create workgroups with particular access levels, to control who can see what information and what they can do with it.
With all the power and flexibility comes a price; complexity. Setting up Jira exactly how you want it can cause major headaches. It has a feeling of a monolithic piece of software that could benefit from being reimagined from scratch. The “Agile” aspect of Jira appears bolted on. To administer Atlassian JIRA for a medium to large company can become a full-time job for at least one member of staff.
Mingle is a proprietary project management and collaboration platform that is built by ThoughtWorks Studios. It is an agile project management solution that helps your teams stay on top of evolving requirements in collaboration with business users.
Scaling Agile works best when each team can effectively integrate Agile into their own process. Mingle is designed to integrate with a team’s current workflow. Once teams are effectively practicing Agile, Managers can use Mingle’s Planner feature to define objectives for the organisation, track a plan’s progress, and receive alerts when a plan changes.
Mingle provides ways for a team to share information about a project. Mingle shows the status and progress of project tasks on drag and drop Card Walls that simulate an Agile Story Wall. There are Wikis for project collaboration, and you can associate instant messages with project tasks through a feature called Murmurs. Mingle can generate burn-down charts showing work remaining, velocity charts showing actual versus expected progress, and pivot tables for grouping data by one or more attributes.
Trello uses the Kanban concept for managing projects. Projects are represented by boards, which contain lists. Lists contain cards – corresponding to tasks. Cards are progress from one list to the next mirroring the flow of a feature from idea to implementation. Users can be assigned to cards. Users and boards can be grouped into organizations.
Trello is clean, light and fun and provides an interesting and flexible solution for supporting collaboration and managing projects. Trello is super stripped down. You get no reporting tools, time-tracking features, or traditional tasks as you might know them. If you are searching for something non-traditional, visually oriented, and flexible, Trello may be for you.
The company behind Basecamp; 37signals, is renowned for its customer-centric collaboration software. Co-Founder Jason Fried is a thought leader. His manifesto “Rework” is a New York Times bestseller, and outlines the company’s philosophy: speed and simplicity is the key to success.
Basecamp lets you quickly set up an account and jump right into project management. Simplicity and usability go hand in hand and Basecamp certainly is intuitive. Basecamp does not offer the collaboration and communication functionality found in other similar tools.
Features you might expect from an online project management solution are not included in Basecamp out of the box. You can get Gantt charts, time-tracking and invoicing; but you will have to look for 3^rd party add-ons to deliver this functionality.
In summary, Basecamp is great for project tracking – and can be used to Agile projects with a little creative thinking, but its impossible to classify Basecamp as a complete Product and Project Management solution.
Huddle combines powerful workflow tools with the ability to work seamlessly across devices and virtual teams. Intuitive project management features allow you to unify project tasks, content, approvals and team communication within a single dashboard.
According to the guys at Huddle; Huddle has less, does less, and aspires to do less. The interface is clean, clear, and highly modular.
Huddle is not as full-featured as Zoho It has made an attempt at differentiation through specialization, a specific tool for collaboration and file management.
Despite these limitations, Huddle does execute what it does do well. Simple menus, consistent user interface, and plenty of tutorials make Huddle easy to master.
Collaborate with geographically dispersed employees or freelancers video conferencing built into the tool
You cannot generate reports in Huddle, so if you want to analyze your project data, you will have to use another program. This could be an issue if you like to use the data youve gathered about tasks, budgets, and resources to help you make decisions about new projects.
Compared to simpler services such as Basecamp or Huddle, Zoho packs in more features and services. The tradeoff comes in the learning curve. Zoho is a feature-rich online project management platform. However, getting to those features can be challenge. Once you have got used to the interface you could find Zoho Projects worth the time investment.
File Storage, Google Docs-integration and team collaboration all come as standard. Share by message, status, or announcement, post on forums or wikis, and chat by Instant Messager. Zoho provides a full suite of paid apps if anything is missing.
The most compelling qualities of this software are its flexible and inexpensive pricing structure, rich variety of integrations, and communication tools documents and files online in real time. Be aware some of the best features are only available with the more expensive plans.
Customer support is not the best according to many independent reviews. The UI can appear cluttered – especially as projects grow in size. Zoho Projects could be a good fit for small enterprises without a PM team. In addition, as Zoho is a 360 solution with everything included – then you are good to go. But if you are looking for software to sit alongside your existing workflow, Zoho Projects might not be the right fit.