Agilo for Scrum: A Review

by Brad on November 2, 2011

Some time ago, I reviewed several open source Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools (aka project management tools). One of those tools was Agilo for Trac version 1 (which has been updated since my review). Agilo Software, the company behind the tool, has released a new tool independent of the Trac platform called Agilo for Scrum, which I’ll review in this post.

In summary, Agilo for Scrum is a very intuitive, easy-to-use tool. Because it’s entirely web-based and hosted SaaS, you can get started with it in just a few minutes. The interface is designed in a way that it steps you through the process of creating a backlog, creating a sprint, populating a sprint with backlog items (stories), creating tasks for your stories, and then visually tracking progress of work through the sprint. No documentation is necessary to figure it out, although it does have a good quick start guide. While it’s simple and easy to use, it doesn’t yet offer advanced features or support large organizations with multi-project programs, although multiple teams will be supported in the next release. The bottom line is that right now it’s a great tool for single-team projects, and hopefully soon will be great for more complex projects.

Pros

  • Simple to use and easy to get started
  • Intuitive and well-designed interface
  • Great for single-team projects, especially geographically distributed teams
  • Nice visual task board view with drag-and-drop functionality

Cons

  • Each license/instance supports only a single backlog
  • Cannot attach files to backlog items or tasks
  • No API nor data import/export
  • Defects are not included as a specific type of backlog item

Screen shots

Feature Summary

The table below summarizes the major features of Agilo for Scrum.
Version 01 November 2011 No version number specified.
License Monthly subscription, 45 Euros per team. Software is proprietary to Agilo Software GmbH.
Platform Web-based SaaS
Backlog ordering Drag and drop to order backlog items
Story points Yes Pseudo-Fibonacci scale only.
Task hours Yes
Task board view Yes Planned, In Progress, Done
Iteration burn down chart Yes By hours and story points
Epics, or a hierarchy of backlog items Yes, with Themes Themes group related stories together. Go to the hierarchy view in the backlog to use this feature.
Release planning (multiple sprints) No
Roadmap view (multiple releases) No
Multiple products/ projects No Feature is planned for a future version.
Portfolio planning No
Acceptance tests Text area to capture simple acceptance criteria
Impediment tracking Yes
Defects as backlog item type No
Story Themes Yes
Teams Yes. 1 team per licensed instance. Multiple teams (with a single backlog) planned for the next release.
User roles Admin, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Team member.
Reports Sprint burndown
Integration & API(s) No
Dev status Active
Support By email.
Forums Uservoice for submitting defects or enhancement requests.
User docs Quick Start Guide
Usability Intuitive
Suitability for large programs or organizations Suitable only for a single team and project.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a partner of Agile42, the company that develops Agilo Software. I’ve done my best to write an impartial review.

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