WHAT ARE AGILE TOOLS?
Software development has improved dramatically over the past 20 years, and much of that can be attributed to new methodologies and new software applications.
Applications like Microsoft’s Azure DevOps and Atlassian’s Jira aid software development teams in breaking up work into small and clear chunks of work. When combined with software methodologies like Agile and Scrum, they become powerful vehicles that companies rely upon to build products for themselves or their customers.
There are many other tools available like VersionOne, PivotalTracker, Wrike, Monday.com, Clarizen, and Smart Sheets that provide similar solutions, although the market has really driven these 2 applications based upon their features and integration capabilities.
Microsoft Azure DevOps provides soup-to-nuts developer services to support teams to plan work, collaborate on code development, and build, test, and deploy applications. Developers can work in the cloud using Azure DevOps Services or on-premises using Azure DevOps Server, formerly named Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS).
MICROSOFT AZURE DEVOPS FEATURES
Azure DevOps provides an integrated set of features that you can access through your web browser or IDE client. You can acquire one or more of the following services based on your business needs:
- Azure Repos provides Git repositories or Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) for source control of your code
- Azure Pipelines provides build and release services to support continuous integration and delivery of your apps
- Azure Boards delivers a suite of Agile tools to support planning and tracking work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods
- Azure Test Plans provides several tools to test your apps, including manual/exploratory testing and continuous testing
- Azure Artifacts allows teams to share Maven, npm, and NuGet packages from public and private sources and integrate package sharing into your CI/CD pipelines
- Collaboration tools that include customizable team dashboards with configurable widgets to share information, progress and trends; built-in wikis for sharing information; configurable notifications and more.
MICROSOFT AZURE DEVOPS DASHBOARDS
- Add, configure, and manage dashboards
- Configure widgets that you add to dashboards
- Quickly navigate to different areas of your project
- Understand how much work your team can take on based on their average completion of work; e.g. The team can complete 35 Story Points every Sprint, therefore they should plan to complete 35 Story Points in the next Sprint.