Top 11 agile tools for project management

Keep your projects humming with these tools geared for teams committed to agile practices and workflows.

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Now Platform can reach out to other platforms via the Integration Hub, which offers low-code options known as “spokes.” “Starter spokes” work with common messaging such as Slack, Zoom, or Teams. “Professional spokes” work with commonly used applications such as Microsoft’s Office apps. These are good for organizing workflows of nondevelopers. There are more specialized connectors to apps used by programmers, such as GitHub or Jenkins. If you need more, there are hundreds of third-party options available from the ServiceNow Store.

There are some interesting extensions. The search option is said to include artificial intelligence enhancements and is designed to be used by employees and customers who have their own role in the workflow. The entire platform is designed to cross lines between insiders and outsiders.

Custom pricing is available from the sales team.


Targetprocess offers a visual tool optimized for modern frameworks such as SAFe or LeSS. The goal is to deliver something big that can keep large teams of teams pulling together.

The tool organizes portfolios of teams giving each a roadmap, a Kanban board, and a dashboard for sketching out the plan for the next sprint and the next product delivery. There’s also a login-free portal for “ideas intake” that enables customers and others to offer suggestions and goals.

Targetprocess integrates are with software development tools such as Jenkins or Bitbucket. There’s also extensive integration with general tools such as Salesforce or Miro. The focus is on reaching out to everyone in the organization and beyond.

Pricing is available from the sales team.

Zoho Sprints

Zoho is known for its suite of office tools, and its collection of agile tools will be familiar to anyone using Zoho Office. One such tool, Sprints, manages agile projects and looks just as clean and spare as the rest of Zoho’s toolset with lots of white space and a menu on the left.

The structure is also clean. Work is broken into tickets that fill up a backlog. These can be organized into “Epics” and then monitored from a Kanban board during each sprint. All of this is plotted in graphical glory on a wide collection of charts that measure everything from burnup to cumulative flow. The reporting tool breaks down time spent into tables of numbers and graphs for managers who are counting the beans.

What’s more uncommon is a section for tracking rituals such as daily standups or post-sprint retrospectives. They are automatically scheduled and tracked to keep everything moving.

Sprints integrated discussion group Feed  makes it easier to link tickets with the debate that invariably ensues. Sprints can also be customized to add fields and values to the various forms and templates. If you don’t like the standard “high,” “medium,” and “low” priorities, for instance, you can add others like “boss’s pet” or “silly.” There’s also a full API and a feature for web hooking other applications in case you need more custom integration.

Pricing begins at $12 per month for a basic plan that’s limited to 12 users with a discount for paying annually. Prices drop substantially in bulk deals to well below $5 per user per month. You may be tempted by Zoho’s tight integration with other products such as Meeting and Show, two products that have been growing during the pandemic.

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