Wanna try out Scrum? Some options here to manage it.

by Sampath Prahalad

So, you have decided to take the plunge into Scrum, but do not want to spend money on a Scrum management tool like ScrumWorks, Rally or VersionOne?

Here are the different options.

  1. Use the whiteboard and Sticky Notes. This is the simplest option. The whiteboard will also act as an Information Radiator for anyone who wants to know the status. Pete Deemer from Scrum Alliance highly recommends this approach over the others for its simplicity.
  2. If you have a distributed team, you cannot use the whiteboard. The next simple option is to use Excel and put it on Google Docs so that everyone can see and update simultaneously. You can move over to more sophisticated tools once the need arises. Below are some Excel templates.
  3. If you want to try out a tool for managing Scrum, go with an open source tool like Jira. Jira can be customized for Scrum. I have not tried it but here is a step by step procedure for doing so.
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