There’s some confusion about the importance of Agile Project Management Tools:
- We all know that one of the very important values in the Agile Manifesto is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”.
- Some people might interpret that to mean that tools aren’t necessary or appropriate in an Agile environment.
I don’t think that is the case but it’s important that Agile Project Management Tools be used in the right context:
- In a traditional plan-driven environment (aka “Waterfall”), the process and the tool manages the efforts of everyone on the team
- In an Agile environment, a lot more flexibility and adaptivity is needed so any tool that is used should play a supporting role rather than a controlling role
It’s important to understand that context in order to use tools appropriately in an Agile environment. The key idea is that:
“You should manage the tool rather than
the tool managing you”