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Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

26 August 2014 10 Comments

If the development of open source Scrum tools was in vogue some years ago, a lot of these projects have now been abandoned. Some are still active like IceScrum or ScrumDo, but this is because their development is sponsored by a commercial hosted option There is however an alternative to manage your Agile project if you have a low budget… and a small team. Some providers of commercial Scrum tools provide a free version of their software.

Only Scrum tools that offer a long term free product are mentioned in this article, not the tools that have only a time-limited trial version. These free Scrum tools often come with some limitation, which are mainly the number of users or the number of projects that you can manage with the tools. If you are however a small Agile team focused on the development of a single product, these limitations about the team or the product will not harm your software development project.

Updates
August 26 2014: added Herogami, Mingle, YouTrack
May 23 2014: ScrumHalf free version is available up to 10 users.
May 12 2014: added Agilefant
May 5 2014: added QuickScrum
February 4 2014: added Sprint.ly and easyBacklog
November 21 2013: added Flying Donut, Hansoft and Yodiz

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This article presents a list of commercial tools for Scrum that are available for free. We have divided this list in two categories: the tools that you can install on your own hardware infrastructure and the tools that provides Scrum features as a hosted service that distributed teams can share. Tools that propose only a free trial limited in time are not included in this list. Although the information below has verified when the article was written, the free availability of the tools may vary according to vendor policy. Do not hesitate to contact us to add additional free commercial Scrum tools to this list or to communicate modifications in the information listed below. The tools are listed in alphabetical order. If you know a Scrum tool that is missing from this list, please use the contact form and we will add it in a next update.

Local Tools

ProjectCards

ProjectCards allows you to manage eXtreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban, Lean software development or any other iterative project. Development seems to have stopped at the end of 2010.
Limitations: 2 users, 4 projects, limited features
Web: http://www.projectcards.com/

Rational Team Concert

IBM Rational Team Concert integrates task tracking, source control and agile planning with continuous builds and a configurable process to adapt to the way you work.
Limitations: 10 users
Web: https://jazz.net/products/rational-team-concert/

TinyPM

TinyPM is a lightweight tool for agile collaboration which features include product management, backlog, taskboard, user stories, wiki, integration and REST API. There is also a free hosted version.
Limitations: 5 users
Web: http://www.tinypm.com/

Hosted Tools

Acunote

Acunote is a project management and Scrum tool that provides powerful analytics for data-driven project management.
Limitations: 5 users
Web: http://www.acunote.com/

Agilefant

Agilefant is a Backlog management that has a local open source and a cloud commercial versions. It scales from personal todo-lists to large-scale multi-team development projects and portfolio management. It also supports long-term product and release planning needed for true organization-wide agility.
Limitations: 5 users
Web: http://agilefant.com/

AgileWrap

AgileWrap is a simple agile lean product lifecycle management solution providing requirements, release and iteration management features.
Limitations: 5 users
Web: http://www.agilewrap.com/

Bright Green Projects

Bright Green Projects is a simple agile project management tool based on principles of Scrum and Lean Kanban.
Limitations: 3 users, 2 projects
Web: http://www.brightgreenprojects.com/

easyBacklog

easyBacklog is an intuitive time saving backlog management tool for Agile practitioners working in or with agencies. It is a completely free service that will help you manage your backlogs
Limitations: none currently (February 2014)
Web: http://easybacklog.com/

Flying Donut

Flying Donut is a powerful, simple, effective, Scrum software. You don’t need to adapt your implementation of Scrum to use Flying Donut. Flying Donut can easily be used by any Scrum team, with no configuration.
Limitations: 3 users, 1 private project
Web: https://www.flying-donut.com/

IceScrum Cloud

IceScrum Cloud is the hosted and full features version of the IceScrum open source tool. Features: product backlog, release& sprint planning, visual management, REST API.
Limitations: 1 user, 1 project
Web: https://www.kagilum.com/icescrum-hosting/

Hansoft

The feature set of Hansoft spans over agile ALM (Application Lifecycle Management), PPM (Product portfolio and program management) and Social collaboration.
Limitations: 9 users
Web: http://www.hansoft.com/

Herogami

Herogami is an agile project management tool with a kanban twist and an integrated approach with document management, wiki and calendar.
Limitations: 3 users, 5 projects, no storage
Web: http://www.herogami.com/

Mingle

Mingle and Mingle Plus are project management tools that support Scrum, Agile, Kanban project templates. They feature configurable project and team workflows, customizable card walls, list and hierarchy views. Mingle Plus is the multi-team version of Mingle.
Limitations: 5 users
Web: http://www.thoughtworks.com/products/mingle-agile-project-management/choose-edition

QuickScrum

QuickScrum is a scrum tool that was designed specifically to implement scrum methodology in a planned and systematic manner. The QuickScrum features include backlog management, sprint planning and a task board to track the work in progress during sprints.
Limitations: 5 users, 3 projects, no file storage
Web: http://www.quickscrum.com/

ScrumDo

ScrumDo.com is the hosted and full features version of the ScrumDo open source tool. Features include planning poker, release and iteration planning.
Limitations: 3 users, 1 project, limited features
Web: http://www.scrumdo.com/

Rally – Community Edition

Rally Community Edition is an agile project management tool that allows to define and manage your product backlog and to plan and manage iterations.
Limitations: 10 users, 1 project, limited features
Web: http://www.rallydev.com/product-features/rally-community-edition

ScrumDesk

ScrumDesk is an online Scrum project management tools for onsite or distributed teams to manage agile projects simply with an interactive task board.
Limitations: 5 users
Web: http://www.scrumdesk.com/

ScrumHalf

ScrumHalf is a tool that supports agile projects based on Scrum framework. It has several features for helping the customer and the project team. It offers a version in Portuguese.
Limitations: 10 users, 1 project
Web: http://www.myscrumhalf.com/en/

ScrumNinja

ScrumNinja is an elegant, intuitive and easy-to-use agile project management tool.
Limitations: 1 user
Web: http://www.scrumninja.com/scrum-software

ScrumTool

ScrumTool provides a taskboard for agile projects management.
Limitations: 2 users, 60 backlog items
Web: http://scrumtool.me/

Scrumy

Scrumy is a project management tool loosely based on Scrum.
Limitations: Limited features
Web: http://www.scrumy.com/

Silver Catalyst

Silver Catalyst is an agile project management tool for Scrum and Kanban teams that use lean or agile methods.
Limitations: 1 user
Web: http://toolsforagile.com/

Sprint.ly

Sprint.ly is a hosted Agile project management solution that allows your stakeholders to collaborate with software developers, creating user stories, managing backlog and tracking progress of Scrum sprints.
Limitations: 3 users, 1 private project
Web: https://sprint.ly/

TargetProcess

TargetProcess is an agile project management tool that allows implementing the Scrum and Kanban approaches. TargetProcess is based on a intuitive interface that provides easy visual project management. Features include management of Scrum both at the release and the sprint level and a powerful customization system.
Limitations: 5 users
Web: http://www.targetprocess.com/

TargetProcess Scrum Sprint Management

TinyPM

TinyPM is a lightweight tool for agile collaboration including product management, backlog, taskboard, user stories, wiki, integration and REST API. There is also a free local version available.
Limitations: 2 users, 3 projects
Web: http://www.tinypm.com/

VersionOne – Team Edition

VersionOne is a Scrum tool that allows centralized story and defect management, release and sprint planning, online storyboard, taskboard and testboard.
Limitations: 10 users, 1 project, Limited features
Web: http://www.versionone.com/Product/Compare_Editions/Team/

Yodiz – Starter Edition

Yodiz is Agile Scrum Tool & Issue Tracker. Yodiz has excellent set of features with nice user experience. There are boards for Sprint, Releases and issues management. Prioritized Product Backlog and Epics are also available.
Limitations: 3 users
Web: http://www.yodiz.com/

YouTrack

YouTrack is a software development tools that implement bug tracking and agile project management with support for both Scrum and Lean methodologies. It helps to manage your backlogs, create a number of sprints, group your tasks in swimlanes, move your tasks around the board, track progress and detect bottlenecks early and more.
Limitations: 10 users
Web: http://www.jetbrains.com/youtrack/

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10 Comments »

  • Larry McCarthy said:

    No mention of Rational Team Concert’s 10 free user licenses?

  • scrumxp (author) said:

    Thanks for the suggestion, I added the tool.

  • Moo said:

    JIRA. It’s worth noting that JIRA’s free trial version lasts for 90 days (get the Download version, 30 day trial. They let you renew it twice). This was handy because our project was only 2 months. It also gives unlimited users for that time.

  • Vic said:

    Acunote – best one of all. Also free forever for 5 users.

  • scrumxp (author) said:

    Thanks for the suggestion

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  • Petra said:

    Hi,

    Would be great to add Yodiz into this list.

    Yodiz is Agile Scrum Tool & Issue Tracker. Yodiz has excellent set of features with nice user experience. There are boards for Sprint, Releases and issues management. Prioritized Product Backlog and Epics are also available.

    It offers 3 users for free with unlimited projects. You can get more info at http://www.yodiz.com

  • Jarno said:

    This kind of list is hardly complete without Agilefant (www.agilefant.com) is the most mature open source backlog tool still alive today, even if I say it so myself :-)

    And yes, it does have a commercial option as well – which is dedicated to keep Agilefant at the top of the open source category.

    Currently, all Cloud accounts include two free seats. This means, that if you have two (or less) enabled users in your account, you’ll never have to pay anything.

    However, we are looking into raising the limit to five, to get entire teams on board.

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