Tools for agile project management

Introduction

With everchanging IT environments, it is getting more and more critical to adopt an agile mindset.

But which tools should you use to be able to work agile?

In this blog post, we cover the best tools and methods for managing agile IT projects.

Agile project management tools

Kanban boards

There are loads of different kanban boards, including, but not limited to:

My favorite among the kanban boards mentioned above is Kanbanflow, due to its speed, user interface, and features.

Frameworks for agile project management

SCRUM

Most likely, the most popular framework for agile projects and developing products.

The SCRUM framework leverages SCRUM masters, who facilitate the daily stand-up meetings and keep the sprints on track by servant leadership.

Example of elements for agile project management

Stand-up meetings

Stand-up meetings are short meetings usually carried out in the morning. As you can hear in the name, the meeting should be so short that you should not need to sit down.

The stand-up meeting is a forum to bring up any problems arising in the project.

A summary of stand-up meetings:

  • Maximum of 15 minutes
  • Progress updates since last stand-up meeting
  • Blockers or challenges stopping

Pomodoro timers

A Pomodoro is a time management technique to break down work into intervals. It consists of a time, usually 25 minutes, where focus work should be concentrated. After the 25 minutes, allow for a 5-minute rest and then continue working for 25 minutes.

The idea is that all tasks should be broken down into chunks of 25 minutes. The technique has been widely popularized by dozens of apps and websites providing timers and instructions.

Sprints

Usually used in the SCRUM framework, a sprint is a time box where the focus is to finalize a given amount of tasks. A Sprint Goal is an objective set for the Sprint and is met through the implementation of Product Backlog items for the Sprint.

A sprint is usually a 2 or 4 week period.

Conclusion

Agile project management is getting more and more critical, especially within IT.

As consultants, we see that more and more organizations adopt the agile mindset, both for software development and infrastructure development projects.

How are you using the agile frameworks?

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