The Tools of Agile

To implement agile, corporations need tools that are conducive and effective in an agile way of working. Ensuring your corporation is equipped with these is paramount when considering an Agile transformation.

There are several considerations corporations have to gauge when identifying tools that can improve Agile success: will it be accepted, will it be worth the cost, and will it improve performance. One tool may solve the aforementioned questions, but in many cases a combination of different tools or products is the best way to bolster Agile practices within your corporation.

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Source Control Tools

These tools are imperative in keeping the whole team on the same page, and breaking down silos. Having tools that offer flexibility, while maintaining a central repository of information, provides a unique opportunity for teams to work independently and in alignment with the enterprise. Some tools often used to provide Source Control are Git, Apache Subversion, or Concurrent Version Systems.

Continuous Integration Tools

Similar to Source Control Tools, these were not designed for Agile but still provide tremendous opportunity for Agile success by adding a layer of automation to workflows.  They disseminate stored information and create digestible statistics or documentation for the organization, both of which can be used to gauge progress towards goals or objectives. Some common tools used are: Travis-CI, Strider, or Jenkins-CI.

Team Management Tools

People are a central part of Agile success, but having tools that effectively manage teams are important to help plan, track, and collaborate.  Management tools are effective in improving speed, quality, efficiency, and more. Some common tools used are: JIRA Agile, Pivotal Tracker, VersionOne, and many more.