Join Doug Rose for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Comparing Agile Software Tools.
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- [Doug] So, you all know who I am because of the intro video, so let's talk a little bit about you. I'm going to make some assumptions about you. The first is that you know a little bit about Agile. You've been through my Agile at Work series, or you've watched Agile Project Management with Bob McGannon, or Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile Project Management with Kelley O'Connell, or maybe the Agile Product Owner Role with Angela Wick. So, my point is that you have some background knowledge about Agile, and you'll understand a little bit about some of the roles and some of the processes that make up part of the Agile mindset.
So, if you don't know terms like scrum or product owner, or scrum master, or self-organized team, or Agile manifesto, then you may want to go back and look at some of these courses, and then when you come back to this course you'll get a lot more out of it. The second thing I'm going to assume about you is that you want to know about a lot of different Agile tools, that you don't have your heart set on one tool or another. This isn't a deep dive into each individual tool. Instead, this is a broad overview of all the available tools, so you'll get some sense of how to use Microsoft Excel, or Version 1, or Microsoft's TFS, or CA Rally's Agile tool, or Atlassian's JIRA, or even Agility Health.
The third thing I'm going to assume about you is that you're curious about these tools. This course isn't structured to be an up and running series, you're not going to get the bare minimum information you need to start using these tools. Instead, this is a very broad overview. I give you lots of information about lots of different tools so that you can make your own decision, and then you can use it as a jumping off point so that when you start using one of these tools on a day to day basis, you'll get better and better at it as time goes on. But I wouldn't expect to go though this course and be able to use all five tools proficiently every day.
Finally, I want you to keep in mind that looking at these different tools can be fun. It can give you a really broad sense of the Agile mindset, plus it can give you a very specific notion of what these top Agile tool vendors feel you should be doing to solve your day to day challenges when working with Agile teams in your organization. That's why it's best if you can watch this entire course from beginning to end, because each of these tools has its own area of focus, plus it has its own strengths and weaknesses. And by watching each one of these consecutively, you can get a sense of how to get the most out of your tool, and add another tool's strengths to whichever one you decide to pick.
And that way you can get the most out of whatever tool you choose for your organization.
- Remembering agile values
- Evaluating different agile tools, including cloud-based options
- Creating a backlog with Excel
- Setting up sprints in JIRA
- Portfolio planning in VersionOne
- Creating tasks in Microsoft's Team Foundation Server
- Running reports with CA Agile Central
- Checking team analytics in CA Agile Central
- Deciding which tool fits your team