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Marcos Maia
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Hi,

I want to use scrum with a team, I'm new to it and looking forward for a tool to support control SCRUM process , I know I could use a whiteboard, etc, but that´s not the case. Any suggestions on free tools to evaluate?

So far I will problably evaluate: XPlanner http://www.xplanner.org, Agilo(Free edition) http://www.agile42.com/cms/pages/agilo/ and Scarab http://scarab.tigris.org/.


Any other suggestions? As I mentioned I'm new to SCRUM so any personal impressions on tools will be appreciated.

tx in advance.

 
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What do you mean by "support control SCRUM process"? What do you expect the tool to do for you? And what do you mean by "that's not the case"?

I can't suggest a tool, but I have a blog post giving some hints on what to look for: http://radio.javaranch.com/ilja/2009/07/13/1247483707968.html
 
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Ilja Preuss wrote:What do you mean by "support control SCRUM process"? What do you expect the tool to do for you? And what do you mean by "that's not the case"?




That was just bad english

Tanks for the insight, good blog post.

So far I have been reading about the tools I mentioned using it's respective documentation and that's my impressions so far:

XPlanner - Pretty complete but quite focused on XP. So is much more than a SCRUM tool. If you uses java will not be difficult do intall.

Scarab - So far looks the most customizable and flexible tool. Probably will take a while to configure it and get to the right path for the team but looks very promising.

Agilo - I could not find any Linux version so far, so I stopped this evaluation. Also I didn't like their commercial approach.

Just start evaluating a new tool I found IceScrum - http://www.icescrum.org/ . Also looks promising. Really easy to set up, has an embedded database and a nice interface. Just a deploy on tomcat and it's working.


 
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I guess the question I still have is: why *don't* you use a white board? Just curious...
 
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Ilja Preuss wrote:I guess the question I still have is: why *don't* you use a white board? Just curious...


This will be a pilot project with SCRUM in a BIG organization. The place where the team stays has about 200 other people working on different projects. It's an open space and the team will not feel confortable with that. We had a quick meeting on this subject and the team decided to go for a software.

 
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Frankly, I think your time would be better invested in making it comfortable for the team to work with a white board, than in finding a software tool!
 
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Marcos Maia wrote:
I want to use scrum with a team, I'm new to it and looking forward for a tool to support control SCRUM process , I know I could use a whiteboard, etc, but that´s not the case. Any suggestions on free tools to evaluate?


Try this one: http://www.scrum-tool.com
This is an easy scrum-only tool for Windows and Linux.
 
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