PRLog - Jan. 3, 2013 - Agile environments offers host of benefits and today more and more organizations are opting for agile deployment. Some of the benefits of adopting Agile Tools includes customers as well as team members collaborating about any issue or project activity, initiate and participate in online collaborative reviews based on several entities like scenarios, requirements, change request, use and test cases and allowing email notifications for collaboration in real time.
As teams adopt agile development in their organization new challenges arise such as managing and coordinating multiple groups, locations and projects. Project complexity increases because agile environment accept changing priorities and plan in real time. Agile based tools help to deal with these complexities and maximize success and value of agile development activities. These tools must be selected carefully to ensure that the organization enjoys maximum value from agile deployment. Therefore some factors must be considered before selecting these tools.
Every organization works in a different manner when it comes to organizational structure, product planning, terminology, project scheduling, reporting and tracking. Thus, Agile Tools must be selected according to this flexibility and let the organization define, prepare and plan as per the unique needs.
Complex need might arise and thus it is important to provide team members with easy, simple planning, tracking and reporting system. Just like the organization insisted on selecting simple agile development, the tools must be the same. It is important to ensure that selected tools are continuing to offer the benefits gained from personal communication, daily planning and product reviews. Remember any agile life cycle management tool is only good as the process it helps and the members using it.
Tools selected for the organization will be considered successful if it has the capability to handle the sophisticated project structure, features, defects and the potential tasks as well test. There are several team-based tools available no-doubt claiming to include stunning features, but should be selected carefully. Priorities must be given in simple using along with support for every item going through agile life cycle.
Agile Tools must support cross-functional agile teams. This means uniting and helping not only project planning but also tracking requirement of the customer, product and project management, testers and other stake holders in single environment for smooth consistency and better collaboration.
With these factors in mind an organization can definitely select agile based tools successfully. It is also advisable to stay updated on agile as knowledge about recent changes acts as successful guide.
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