- Feature Set
- Appropriateness for large products and projects
A brief background :
The project management methodologies mentioned above are designed support Agile Tools. The most adopted methods are tools like Scrum, XP, FDD, Crystal and DSDM. IBM's Rational Unified Process (RUP) was modified to make the Agile Unified Process (AUP). The method has been successful with difficult projects and global teams for even large firms like IBM.
The Agile Manifesto supports individual resources and communications over process and tools. Even then, a well-developed project management tool for agile projects is definitely advantageous for globally extended teams and large-scale businesses.
Open source has maintained a secure relationship with Agile software over the years. Many open source projects have even been motivated by and essential to the agile movement.
- Acceptance testing: HttpUnit, Fit and FitNesse
- Unit testing: XUnit (JUnit, NUnit), assorted Mock Objects structures
- Behavior driven development tools
- Integration tools: Hudson, Cruise Control
More Agile Tools are being launched on a regular basis and the current market is saturated for agile project management tools. There are scores of offerings from all sizes of vendors and the successful commercial offerings include VersionOne, Thoughtworks Mingle, Rally and Danube ScrumWorks. Even though a few open source tools are in the market for quite some time, many have been developed recently. The commercial offerings have better features for the larger firms and large scale products and projects, as compared to the open source tools. The integration with third-party application offerings are also more, though at an extra fee.
A few of the first-movers of open source Agile Tools for project management that have been used significantly are :XPlanner, Agilefant, Agilo, IceScrum and eXPlainPMT.
Their significance is based on their download volume, discussion activity, and internet references to the tool. Out of the above mentioned tools, XPlanner is not actively developed anymore, but it gained extensive usage years ago (over 45,000 downloads of the 0.7bversion alone). An analysis of the mentioned tools can providean understanding as to how they have matured in the past few years.
Also, a few open tools that could not succeed as their counterparts due to lesser usage volume are: Agilito, Scrinch, and FireScrum.
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