We're looking at tools to help manage agile projects. This is a large, globally distributed enterprise, and that's not going to change, so I suppose some sort of expensive tool is a necessary evil.
Many people are involved with reviewing the tools (which include things like Mingle, ScrumWorks, Agile on Demand, VersionOne, and eXPlainPMT). Everyone comes from a different perspective, of course, and I have nothing against how other people choose to work. But one request keeps coming up that bugs me: the insistence that the tool support the ability to do task tracking.
The desire to manage tasks in an agile process is evidence that a team is not collaborating. They are instead using silo-mode development: 1 story -> 1 developer. In lieu of tracking progress by marking off completed stories, they look at progress in terms of what tasks have been completed. May as well go back to waterfall.
It's all about delivering the story. If you work in a collaborative mode that promotes this, there's no need for tracking at the task level. (I'm not even going to mention the ludicrous idea that tasks ever outlive an iteration.)
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