Marc Hughes


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I am a developer from a bit west of Boston.

Backlog Management Software?

08 Nov 2010

We're moving to Agile/Scrum development.

Right now, we're using spreadsheets to track our backlog.  It's working fine.  But I've got a big project coming up, and the spreadsheets just aren't going to scale.  I'm looking for something slightly more heavy weight than a spreadsheet, but still light, easy to use, doesn't get in the way.

It's got to be web-based since we have remote teams.

It has to support multiple teams on a single product with a single backlog.

It has to support a deep backlog with hundreds of items.

It must support the ?, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100, Infinity point scale

I need a reasonable assurance it'll be around for 3+ years.

It should generate burn up charts for each team and for the project as a whole.

We already have a defect tracking system.  I don't need that in the system, and would prefer it to be absent.

Pivotal Tracker is the closest thing I've found so far.  But it fails the point-scale and the longevity requirements.

Rally and Version One are close seconds, but they're way too "Enterprisey".  I want something quick and light.

I'm tempted to tack something onto Todo-Board, but it's more than I want to bite off right now.

What do you look for in backlog management software?