What is Scrum?
- An agile software development framework.
- Requirements are captured as items in a list of product backlog
- Work is structured in cycles of work called sprints, iterations of work that are typically two to four weeks in duration.
- Sprint is analogous to Extreme Programming Iterations
- During each sprint, teams pull from a prioritized list of customer requirements, called user stories, so that the features that are developed first are of the highest value to the customer.
- At the end of each sprint, a potentially shippable product is delivered.
User Groups and Communities:
Scrum Project Management Tools/Platforms:
You don't have to use any tool and many team have succeeded without it but if you insist, here are some:
- http://www.atlassian.com/software/greenhopper/ (commercial)
- http://www.pivotaltracker.com/ (free)
- CollabNet (free)
- http://www.icescrum.org/ (free)
- http://www.targetprocess.com/ (commercial)
- http://www.agilefant.org/ (free)
- http://www.bananascrum.com/ (commercial)
- http://www.projectcards.com/ (commercial)
- http://www.thoughtworks-studios.com/mingle-agile-project-management (free to start with, commercial after a year)
- http://www.rallydev.com/ (free for up to 10 users)
- http://scrumdesk.com/ (commercial)
- http://www.versionone.com/ (commercial)
- http://leankitkanban.com/ (commercial)
ok, thanks you managed to make me confused! which one to use then? perhaps doesn't matter; pick a good one and use it.
CollabNet and RallyDev are recommended from the free ones.