PRLog - Nov. 21, 2012 - Projects are ongoing issues in industries, be it any kind of industry it has projects to create, handle and record. Usually the most common industry provides multiple project management tools such as Scrum and eXtreme Programming (XP), along with many open source options. The required features of such agile tools are feature set, feasibility, usability and appropriateness for large products and projects.
There are many methodologies invented to support the working of Agile Tools successfully. The project management methodologies mentioned above is those. 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 popular with difficult projects and global teams for even large firms like IBM. Open source has maintained a secure relationship with Agile software over the years. Many open source projects have even been enthused by and vital to the agile movement. Projects like Acceptance testing (HttpUnit, Fit and FitNesse ), Unit testing: XUnit (JUnit, NUnit), assorted Mock Objects structures, behavior driven development tools and integration tools(Hudson, Cruise Control).
The Agile Manifesto works in support of individual resources and communications over process and tools. Even then, a well-developed project management tool for agile projects is certainly beneficial for globally stretched teams and large-scale businesses. More Agile Tools are being launched on a regular basis and used in these industries and this has lead the current market saturated with agile project management tools. There are scores of offerings from all sizes of vendors and the successful commercial offerings include VersionOne, Thought works Mingle, Rally and Danube Scrum Works.
Few open source tools are in the market for quite some time, however many have been developed recently. The commercial productions of these tools have better features for the larger firms and large scale goods and projects, as compared to the open source tools. The incorporation with third-party application offerings are also more, though at an extra fee. Some of the first-movers of open source Agile Tools for project management being used significantly in the market are XPlanner, Agilefant, Agilo, IceScrum and eXPlainPMT. The significance is based on their discussion activity, download volume, and internet references to the tool. From the above mentioned tools, XPlanner is not actually actively developed, but it has gained extensive usage in years ago (in more than 45,000 downloads of the 0.7bversion alone). Vast survey of the mentioned tools can provide an idea as to how they have matured in the past few years.
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