Understanding the nature of the project and its requirements is the first step of tool selection. Just like the organization each project is unique in its own ways and so are its requirements. A thorough understanding will only help the selection procedure simple, yet effective without compromising on the need. It would be great if developers and team members sit together and share their opinions about how to manage project successfully and shortlist the features expecting from the tools.
As the name suggest the main task of such tool is to manage project and thus it is important to ensure that tools have certain basic features like allocating and managing project resource, roles, responsibilities as well as accessing rights, create and manage project task for both development as well as testing on project level and on the requirement level, create and maintain action item list for both development and testing effort.
These are the basic features that any Project Management Tools should have. It would be beneficial for the company or organization if the tool has other features like managing risk throughout the project for both development and testing on both project and requirement level, create and maintain project timeline for all project task for both development as well as testing, cost and time estimation for both development and test task on project or requirement level. Managing product release as well as features in each release, tracing code back to different requirement and use cases and scenarios is some of the added features that a company should look while selecting tools.
The market has adequate vendors that claim to offer best tools for managing project successfully. Based on their requirements the company must evaluate the features that come with such tools in order to take the right decision. Asking for trial version of such tools if available would be sensible as it seals in taking the correct decisions. Moreover, selected Project Management Tools must be compatible with the existing infrastructure of the organization and not the other way around. It would be great if the tool has customization feature.
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