Best Agile Tools for Software Development

A cherry-picked list of the 4 Best Agile Tools for Software Development. And an extensive guide on what features you should expect in any agile project management software.

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Comparison of the Best Agile Tools




Zepel


Jira


Trello


Asana

Multiple Views

Document interface to create items quickly, Boards, and My Tasks

Yes ✓
No
No
Yes ✓

Agile Reports

Burn up, Burn down, Cumulative Flow Charts, and Activity Feeds

Yes ✓
Yes ✓
No
No

Scrum Capabilities

Priorities, Dedicated Sprint view, Scrum Board, and Scrum Reports

Yes ✓
Yes ✓
No
No

Developer-friendly

Easy to use, `/` commands, Public APIs, and Markdown

Yes ✓
No
No
No

Advanced Filters

Easily group and filter from any view

Yes ✓
Yes ✓
Yes ✓
Yes ✓

Integrations

GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab, and Slack

Yes ✓
Yes ✓
No
No
  • Agile Tools
  • For Scrum
  • For Kanban
  • For Developers

Essential Capabilities in Agile Tools

Agile development tools enable your team to build the right set of features for your customers.

When looking for an agile software development tool, you need to look for certain capabilities that will allow you to work well together, enable your development teams to be productive, and have all the features without any clutter.

Below is an exhaustive list of what you should look for in any agile project management software.

Effortless Grooming

Keep your user stories updated with the latest information. And prioritize with ease.

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Effortless Grooming

Keep your user stories, tasks, and bugs, updated with the latest information with ease. Prioritize using hashtags, add detailed information using markdown descriptions, and upload files to give your team the entire context to stay agile.

Derisk:

  • Misaligned teams
  • Working on low impact features

Achieve Using:
  • Advanced Filters
  • Hashtags
  • Descriptions
  • File attachments

Plan and spec features effortlessly ->

Git Integration

Automate and streamline your development workflow with deep Git integrations.

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Git Integration

Zepel has deep integrations with GitHub, Bitbucket, and GitLab. With this, you can link an item of any type with a:

1. Branch
2. Commit
3. Pull Request

Once linked, Zepel can automatically update the status and keep everyone updated of the progress. This allows developers to stay focussed on the work without having to worry about keeping the tool updated.

Eliminate:

  • Out of sync teams
  • Delayed progress updates

Achieve Using:
  • GitHub Integration
  • Bitbucket Integration
  • GitLab Integration

Automate your development workflow with Git integrations ->

Kanban Boards

Visually track the progress of your team from start to finish with any friction.

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Kanban Boards

Not every kanban board software is an agile software tool. Kanban Boards in an agile project management tool enables you to gain complete visibility into what's happening within your team at any time.

Zepel's Kanban Boards allow you to view what's next in every single team involved.

Eliminate:

  • Misaligned team members
  • Unclear path to what to work on next
  • Confusion towards who owns a specific piece of work

Achieve Using:
  • Multiple Kanban Boards
  • Kanban Cards
  • Columns as Statuses

Gain Visibility into every team with Zepel's Kanban Software ->

Burndown reports

Remove roadblocks and track your Sprint progress using burndown charts.

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Burndown reports

Burndown reports help you and your team to know exactly how much work is pending in the sprint. With Zepel's burndown chart, you can see:

1. How your team is making progress throughout the sprint.
2. Understand if you will complete all the work items in the sprint within the deadline.

With Zepel's real-time burndown charts, you can sleep better knowing you can identify roadblocks within your team before it's too late.

Derisk:

  • Delay in shipping the feature
  • Not achieving the sprint goal

Achieve Using:
  • Burndown chart in Sprints

Learn about using Burndown charts ->

Track Sprint Progress using Agile Reports ->

Story Points

Manage workload, track progress in reports or plan your next Sprint with Story Points.

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Story Points

Story points are at the centre of an agile project management tool for scrum teams. Using story points, teams can estimate, track, and view reports to become more efficient in furture sprints. With its help along with advanced filters, teams can manage workload of individual members.

Derisk:

  • Reduce unpredictability
  • Overloading teammates

Achieve using:
  • `/e` shortcut command
  • Aggregated estimation points
  • Agile reports

Cumulative Flow Diagram

View how much work is left in each column on any given day.

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Cumulative Flow Diagram

A cumulative flow diagram shows you how many work items are present in each column at any given time. This allows teams to identify roadblocks by seeing the number of work items in a specific column stagnate for a long time or when the work items increase in a column specific column.

Eliminate:

  • Roadblocks

Achieve Using:
  • Cumulative flow diagram
  • Kanban Boards

Learn about cumulative flow charts ->

View agile reports in Zepel ->

Scrum Board

Track progress of your team at every step from 'Todo' to 'Done' without friction.

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Scrum Board

Scrum board helps you gain visibility into your team's progress. And enables your team to visualize all their work in the Sprint.

Since every team has their own way of working, Zepel enables you to customize the scrum board to fit your team's needs. And the best part is, you can do all of it without having to go through a configuration nightmare.

Derisk:

  • Never stay in the dark on your team's progress
  • Eliminate the possibility of being out of sync

Achieve Using:
  • Scrum Boards
  • Advanced filters in scrum board

Go from 'Uh, oh' to 'Aha!' with Zepel's Scrum Board ->

Advanced Filters

Slice and dice your kanban board to view just the work you care about with few clicks.

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Advanced Filters

Advanced Filters enables you to find the exact work item you're looking for with just a couple of clicks. With the right filters set, you can:

1. Manage workload
2. See what a specific person is working on
3. Track progress of a specific team and many more!

Eliminate:

  • Roadblocks
  • Overworking your teammates

Achieve Using:
  • Filter Board by Assignee
  • Filter Board by Sprints
  • Filter Board by Hashtags
  • Filter Board by Item Type

Burnup reports

Know exactly how many items your team is completing on any given day.

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Burnup reports

Burnup reports are essentially the opposite version of a burndown chart. They help you and your team to know exactly how much work is completed in the sprint.

Using Zepel's burnup chart, you can know if you'll complete the sprint on time even before deadline and sleep better knowing you can identify roadblocks before it's too late.

Derisk:

  • Delay in shipping the feature
  • Not achieving the sprint goal

Achieve Using:
  • Burnup chart in Sprints

Scrum Standups

Filter and view just the work you want to discuss during standup meetings.

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Scrum Standups

Every agile team runs a standup meeting. Zepel, as an agile tool, enables you to run it efficiently.

With the combination of scrum boards, advanced filters, and agile reports, Zepel enables you to get a quick snapshot of the progress and have an effective scrum standup meeting.

Derisk:

  • Unable to keep the team in-sync

Achieve Using:
  • Sprints
  • Scrum boards
  • Advanced filters
  • Agile reports

Learn how to run an effective Scrum Standup ->

Markdown

Share code snippets, rich texts, images, and more using Markdown in descriptions.

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Markdown

Write rich, formatted descriptions using Markdown and provide your team with complete context easily.

Zepel's markdown description enable you to share detailed information using:

  • Headings
  • Bold & Italics
  • Images
  • Code Blocks
  • Lists
  • Blockquote
  • Links
  • Pre-formatted texts
  • Horizontal rules

Learn how to use markdown descriptions in Zepel ->

Story Cards

View all the right information about your work in a glance with story cards.

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Story Cards

Story cards enable kanban teams to view all the information related to a particular work item in their agile tool without any hassle.

Zepel's Kanban Board shows you the most relevant information for every work item. In a glance, know the work's status, who it is assigned to, how many comments it has, and even a preview of the attached image. And if you've integrated Zepel with GitHub, Bitbucket, or GitLab, with one just click you can also see pull requests.

Derisk:

  • Building features without full context
  • Having out-of-sync team members

Achieve Using:
  • Kanban Boards
  • Kanban Cards
  • Descriptions & Comments
  • File Attachments
  • Git Integrations

Custom Workflows

Build custom workflows tailor-made to fit the unique needs of your team in minutes.

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Custom Workflows

Every team works uniquely. That's why it's essential that the agile project management tool you use allows you to build custom, flexible workflows without having to go through messy configuration setup.

Zepel allows you to create multiple Boards within your project, so you can easily build custom workflows that is tailor-made to fit your team's needs. This also allows you to move any work item from one column to another AND from one Board to another with none of the hassle.

Eliminate:

  • Unnecessary complexity
  • Configuration nightmares
  • Learning a cluttered software
  • Slow onboarding

Achieve Using:
  • Multiple Kanban Boards
  • Columns
  • Board Statuses

Sprint Planning

Plan your next Sprint using aggregated estimation points and priorities.

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Sprint Planning

Sprint planning is an essential agile tool for scrum teams. It sets the tone for what the team will build during the sprint.

Zepel's dedicated Sprint view makes it effortless for teams to view how many estimation points worth of work is added to the sprint. This enables teams to adjust their sprint scope and reprioritize their work in real-time.

Derisk:

  • Over-loading your team
  • Building low quality features

Achieve Using:
  • Sprint overview
  • Estimation points
  • Aggregated estimation points

Get a Free Step-by-Step Template to Sprint Planning ->

Wow Customers at the end of every Sprint with Zepel ->

Public APIs

Powerful, developer-friendly APIs to build custom integrations and workflows.

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Public APIs

Build custom workflows using Zepel's developer-friendly public APIs. Automate your development workflow, integrate with other application, build custom reports to meet your needs.

View API docs ->

Download our Chrome extension built using Zepel's public APIs ->

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