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Best Agile Tools

Here are some of the best agile tools we have created or gathered along the way that we continue to use every day.


Release Burn-Up Template

This is an excel template we've created that we used to quickly capture the points in the Product Backlog and what was completed in the Sprint. It will generate for you a chart that you can copy into your materials. There is also the "Feedback" burn-up that I use that you may have seen from my webinar on Real World Progress.

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Relative Weighted Priority

This excel template will calculate the priority for your Product Backlog Items. The calculation is based off of whatever categories you determine, such as, Sales, ROI, Support, Customer, Risk. Then after applying a formula based on the effort of the PBI in points, it will calculate the priority.

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Excel Product Backlog and Sprint Management

This one takes me way back. This is what I first used when I started out as a ScrumMaster. There were no awesome tools like VersionOne, we had to use Excel. This is an Excel template for managing your backlog, sprint backlog, and for showing burn downs and release plans. It has got it all. I don't remember where I got it from, but check it out. One thing about it, it was fast and easy to update once you figured out the template. Read the comments for more info on how to use it.

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Best Agile Books

Recommended books for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Coaches, Trainers, Team Members, Leaders, Executives and Agilists.