Scrum is an Agile Project Management framework that is often used for software development for managing projects and the development of applications and software products.
Where software development is concerned, Scrum helps teams to complete the most valuable work to create a potentially deliverable product at the end of the project. Scrum Project Management software also helps teams to prioritize work, collaborate and increase business values.
Scrum is a set of principles and processes that must be mastered prior to adopting Scrum tools such as Scrum Project Management software. Teams needs to know how to practice Scrum effectively without software.
The next step is to establish the requirements of the Scrum software, and then try to find the right software that meet the needs of the Scrum team and the compiled feature checklist.
Features software development teams should look for in Scrum Project Management tools
- Backlog management. (Tackle those workflow issues by providing timely assistance).
- Transparency (Stakeholders are involved in the development process)
- Traceability (Embedded software teams writing software for hardware in highly regulated manufacturing environments, such as the Aviation, Medical or Automotive industries).
- Distributed team members (collaborate effectively)
- Scalability (100’s, 1000’s or Millions of Epics require a scalable tool for project management, is the tool designed for use with the Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe® certified?)
- Reporting (cut administration for team)
- Documents Management + Requirements Management (Agile working is all about adapting to change and therefore, changing requirements and constantly updating requirements documentation).
- Requirements Management Repository – Requirements Reuse, reduce the burden of changing requirements administration and traceability.
- Version Control System – Git is still the mostly widely used system, however both Mercurial and Subversion have their followers. Find a tool that works with all, including integration workflows and configuration management. Leave the arguments outside the workplace (the best tools work with all the popular version control systems).
- Demand Management – even if your team is co-located, your department managers are most likely not. Demand management enables the end users, department managers to contribute to the functionality of the end product. Collaborative rating drives requirements management and keeps your team busy making the best product on the market.
- Quality Control + Test Management. Effective Scrum tools can associate tests with requirements and releases. Simple definition of Test Cases + Test sets is essential.
One of the key features to watch for is the work visualization functionality; consider what the team would need to replace the sticky notes, note cards and reporting analysis to function effectively. A flexible, configurable Kanban board is also essential – not all Kanban boards are equal. Last but not least an effective Scrum tool is a customizable tool, – for the simple reason that no one tool fits all business purposes. The tool is not overly simplified or complex, too much choice is often counterproductive.
Read more about how the Scrum Project template of codeBeamer ALM software solution supports teams working Agile with Scrum and Kanban, and check out our How-to videos on Project Management.