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    exoteric

    This thread is for Scrum practitioners ...

    What Scrum/Agile software do you use to organize your backlog, plan sprints, get an overview, etc. and why?

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    cbae

    http://tfs.visualstudio.com/

    1. Visual Studio and Eclipse integration
    2. Free
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    Bass

    Atlassian Tool Suite (specifically JIRA/GreenHopper, Fisheye, Bamboo, Crucible, Confluence). Because it's arguably the best & most respected suite out there for this sort of thing, has a web and mobile UI as well as IDE integration.

    Also it officially supports more than 5 users and has a publicly available pricing structure, which I can only assume is a plus.

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    Ion Todirel

    nothing specific, whatever lays around, TFS, Office etc.

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    JoshRoss

    I love those old scumm based games. Monkey Island was the best!

    -Josh

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    Ray7

    Jetbrains YouTrack

    Why? Trusted vendor, easy-to-use issue search and it's free for small teams.

     

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    PaoloM

    Whatever is available. All tools I have seen so far are bad in one or more ways.

    Except Excel. You can park a VW Beetle on Titan on time and on schedule with proper use of Excel.

    Sadly, I'm not joking.

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    exoteric

    Excel, oh yes, I've tried that too Paolo ...

    So far I have a good eye for Version One. It seems very comprehensive and has lots of visualizations to get an overview. 

    Anything from JetBrains is bound to also be worth checking out.

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    MasterPi

    We use Excel. Smiley But, we just upgraded to TFS 2012 so we'll be using that now.

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    bondsbw

    @PaoloM: Except when Excel becomes everything for everybody.

    Don't get me wrong, Excel is one of the most handy tools on any platform.  But for an issue tracking database, it quickly starts to fall apart when you need to enter more information than can reasonably fit in a large cell.  (If they get too large, the virtualizing behavior can get a bit annoying too.)

    It's also bad when the file needs to be merged after emailing it out to others, and especially when one copy gets new rows and another gets new columns.

    I guess you could say those don't fit under the "with proper use" clause.  But I suppose, with proper use, one could use paper and pencil as an effective project planning solution.

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    PopeDai

    , PaoloM wrote

    Except Excel. You can park a VW Beetle on Titan on time and on schedule with proper use of Excel.

    Having used C# for so long, I feel as though I'm transported back to the 1980s with Excel's formula system. Why can't we have datatyping, sensible function names, and easier data querying? Le sigh.

    Anyway, back on-topic: we use TFS.

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    PaoloM

    @bondsbw: I use whatever issue tracking system I have at hand (Jira, at the moment) and then export and plan with Excel. Product Studio (and TFS now) have that awesome feature where you can export to Excel, do your magic and then reimport your changes. I really miss that.

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    MasterPi

    , PopeDai wrote

    Why can't we have datatyping,

    Why do you need it? After all, it's used by analysts and normal people.

    I can understand from a dev POV, though...last time I did VSTO I cried inside from having to deal with Object for almost everything.

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    spivonious

    We use TFS 2012 here. Works fairly well, although we are just getting started with the whole Scrum thing (about 3 weeks in and still doing major process tweaks).

    Whose genius idea was it to require MSDN Premium/Ultimate to get the agile planning tools in the web interface? Does anyone with a Pro license actually leave that feature disabled?

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