Understanding the infrastructure of the organization is the first basic step of selecting such tools. It is a fact that no two organizations work in same manner and thus tools must be selected that fits well with the structure. Sometimes, tools are selected just based on the fact that it yielded expected results to one organization. This approach is not at all a good idea as this same tool might prove to be unsuccessful for another.
Understanding the present need and the future requirements is another important aspect when it comes to selecting Agile Tools. The organization must select the tools that suits best and fits into the team, irrespective of the fact it lacks “cool features”. Shortlisting vendors offering tools suitable for organization followed by thorough understanding would be a sensible approach in selection procedure.
Adopting agile environment is gradually increasing and thus the market has adequate vendors to choose from. Instead of going by the claims and select the tools it would be sensible if a trial version of the tool is implemented to get the real picture. This reality check not only ensures that the organization is investing in right tools but also saves any future mistakes by guaranteeing that the tools has all the potentiality to meet the present and future requirement of the team successfully.
In an agile environment, tracking, planning and straight forward planning is quite important. The tools selected must ensure that it is not replacing the benefits achieved from day-to-day planning, personal communication as well as product reviews. An agile management tool is as good as the process it facilities and the people using it.
Selected Agile Tools must have the capability to handle complex project structure, thousands of defects and features and perform equal number or more tests and tasks. The focus should be on simplicity as well as support for huge items that flows in an agile life cycle.
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