Agile approaches like Scrum recommend a “just enough” attitude in software development and this is also the case when you discuss tools. Ideally, you would work with a small team that is collocated, but this is not always possible and you might be running your project virtually with a distributed Scrum team scattered around the world.
If you don’t want to start using a sophisticated tool to manage your efforts, you might be interested in adopting some web tools that will fit your particular need to share some project information or status among all the team members. This article presents some online tools that are based on Scrum and Agile approaches, that implement specific Agile practices (backlog management, burndown chart) and that are freely available (no commercial/paid version!) on the web for distributed Scrum teams. Retrospective tools are not mentioned in this article as we wrote a specific article about free retrospective tools for distributed scrum teams. The open source Scrum planning poker tools have been listed in a separate article like Open Source Planning Poker Tools.
We will not present in this page the free option offered by commercial Scrum tools vendors, neither some free offer from tools that are still in their beta stage. You will find only Agile tools with no commercial option that are completely free (and supposed to stay so forever). If you want to add a free online Scrum tool to this page, just let us now using the comment form or the contact page.
* September 2020
Added: BurndownChart.fr, PrintYourBurndown.com
* May 2019
Added: MeuScrum, Simple Burndown Chart Generator
Removed: ScrumTool.me (no longer available)
* June 2018
Added: Apa, Scrumvee, easyBacklog, Print Your Burn Down Chart, Yet Another Burndown Generator
Removed: SeeNowDo, Online Burndown Chart (burndownchart.nl), all scrum planning poker tools that will be now listed in a separate article due to the large number of existing tools
* May 2015
Added: PointingPoker.com, PlanningPoker.com, ScrumTool.me
scrumblr is a shared simple whiteboard where you can post post-its. The whiteboard can be split so that you can manage a simple equivalent of a taskboard. The posts-its are available in three colors and small color tags can be added to the post it to give some additional visual information about it. You can also use this tool for retrospectives. The interface is supposed to be intuitive, so you have to discover the available features.
Web site: http://scrumblr.ca/
No registration required
TaskJunction is an online tool to plan, estimate, and track your software development projects that supports Scrum. It allows create an unlimited number of projects and iteration for your software projects that you can manage through taskboards and track with burndown and other relevant charts. Once you register, a step by step process helps you to add the initial data for your project.
Web site: http://www.taskjunction.com/
PlanITpoker is an online Scrum planning poker tool for Agile project teams. You can create multiple poker planning rooms using different planning methods and invite the other team members.
Web site: http://www.planitpoker.com/
Apa is a free simplified online tool for Agile projects that provides easy-to-use Scrum and Kanban boards. You can change any board to fit your needs by simply dragging and dropping stuff around. It is very easy to create columns, change their widths or rearrange them. The tool provides many charts: Burndown Chart, Cumulative Flow Diagram, Lead Time / Cycle Time diagrams. Once you have created a project, you can simply invite people to join it by email.
Web site: https://apascrum.com/
Scrumvee is a free online tool for Scrum Poker planning, featuring a mobile Android app and a browser platform to manage all the Scrum plannings a software development team. Each developer selects the Scrum estimation from its own smartphone, without interfering and potentially affecting other team members. The ScrumMaster can easily see all the estimations. Starting a new estimation round, restarting one or choosing the winning estimation card is very easy. All rounds, estimations and meetings are saved for posterity. See how many of your teammates estimated correctly and how often. Easily spot poorly defined stories or team members which are constantly over or underestimating. The tool is integrated with JIRA.
Web site: https://scrumvee.com/
MeuScrum is a free Kanban and Scrum online tool designed to solve the deficiency of an agile project management tool that is at the same time, easy to use, fast, and complete with useful features and a friendly interface. It allows managing all your projects, scrum team, backlogs, user stories, sprints, tasks, and the Kanban board easily and quickly with a drag-and-drop approach. For each project’s sprint, you have a kanban board with predefined columns. You can also add additional custom columns. You can decide if some of the predefined columns are visible or not. On the kanban board, you can create tasks and link them to active user stories. You can define a type of task (new, improvement, bug, …), a priority, assign them to a team member. You can also define a status that will put the task initially on a column of the kanban board. Then the tasks can be moved between columns using a normal “drag and drop” action. You can also associate one file, like a document, to the task. MeuScrum is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
easyBacklog is a completely free service that help you manage your Agile and Scrum backlogs and sprints efficiently. You can create versions of your backlog and compare them. You can estimate a budget for the items and easily create a high level cost estimation.
Print Your Burn Down Chart
Print Your Burn Down Chart is an online tool to create an ideal burndown chart. You can define the start and end date, actual working days and choose different options like having a burnup chart.
No registration required
Yet Another Burndown Generator
Yet Another Burndown Generator is a simple online tool to create a PDF ideal burndown chart. Creating it is as easy as give values to days that your sprint lasts, points that your team is trying to achieve and a describing title. Only with these values, a new “ready to print” PDF page containing the burndown is created for you just for free
No registration required
Simple Burndown Chart Generator
Simple Burndown Chart Generator is a simple tool allowing to create a PDF an ideal burndown chart. You can also input the actual values to track your sprint. This tool is an open source project hosted on GitHub and you can install also the PHP files on your own machine if you want.
No registration required
The Scrum burndown chart was a very powerful tool for the team if displayed on the Scrum Board, not hidden in an app. We developed this generator to easily create a reference burndown chart for each sprint for our own needs. And we thought that it could be cool to share it online.
Website: http://www.burndownchart.eu/en (English version. There is also a French version of the tool)
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PrintYourBurndown.com is a free online service that allows you to create a blank Scrum burndown or burnup chart template here. You can then print the chart and track the actual line using a pen.