Agile Tools - Improve Your Overall Software Process

Agile Tools help in managing changes in the organization by decreasing and managing confrontation to change when applying process, technology or organizational change.
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Dec. 18, 2012 - PRLog -- With Organizations adopting and scaling agile development within their processes, the challenges which are now surrounding co-ordination and management of multiple projects, groups and locations are on the rise. Project complexities have been amplified further as a result of agile environments embracing and changing their priorities and plans all the time in real environment. Agile Tools now provide a way to manage these complexities using a single and consistent frame work so that one can maximize the success as well as the value of agile development activities.

Advantages of using agile tools in an organization ----
Development through iteration:Agile management tools use an iterative process and tracking for a project is done after every release with features like product backlog and user stories which help in easy change in the project priorities and plans.
Cross-functional teams:Cross functional agile teams would mean consolidation and facilitation of project planning, customer needs, project and product management, programmers, testing engineers and other stakeholders within a single environment.

Single Agile tool for incorporation of Life Cycle Management:As against different tools for each phase used traditionally, agile development deploys an integrated process that is capable of coordinating high-level feature planning, defect and test management, detailed planning of tasks and testing and overall tracking of the project. Storing of the information by using multiple tools in general inhibits real-time and accurate visibility.
Simple Process:Even though there might be complex needs, the key necessity is to provide for straightforward planning, reporting and tracking system. So, just like agile development, the simplicity of the Agile Tools is critical.

Scale of the Enterprise:Agile Tools being used for development are able to handle projects having sophisticated structure, involving thousands of features and defects and even more tests or tasks. For large deployments, the key concern would be the ease of use and supporting thousands of items that flow in the life cycle but they should have a minimum overhead; a feature that comes with integrated with agile tools.
Flexibility of Configuration:Organizations differ when it comes to structure or product planning or terminology, scheduling and/or tracking and reporting. Agile management tools are capable of accommodating this flexibility and allow for organization and planning as per organizational needs.

These set of points will help you identify the set of capabilities that agile tools will enable and how their employment can improve your overall process of production in long run.

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