Pick an Agile Tool for the Team

by Chad on July 12, 2011

In recent weeks I have received many emails about what tooling do we use for large scale agile tracking. I am a big fan of Individuals and interactions over processes and tools, but when you have 600+ resources all over the world working together you need something more the sticky notes and whiteboards.


Back in January of 2011 we reached the point where are current tooling based on our waterfall process was not sustainable and was creating additional work for teams. So like any organization would does, we created a small team and went off and researched available Agile tools.


We started with this picture on the right and reviewed the The Forrester Wave™: Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010 report.

Once we had our initial list of companies we wanted to review, we followed an Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to conduct the decision analysis. We then identified our needs into 5 categorizes.

  1. Planning and Tracking
  2. Story Definition
  3. Development Integration
  4. Quality Assurance
  5. Infrastructure Operations

Once we completed our AHP, we then brought vendors in to do demos of their tools. Here are our results. Hope this helps.