I am delighted to announce that the new sponsor of my blog is Aldon
, who have just announced the release of a new project management application called Aldon Agile Manager
had a good look through their web site and I've also had the benefit of
a pre-launch preview, so I thought I'd tell you a bit more about it...
First of all, it's free, which is always nice!
initial release is aimed at Product Owners and provides the facilities
to easily manage your Product Backlog. It's a nice, web-based
interface and allows you to keep control of all your User Stories
in one place.
looks very simple to use and allows you to edit your backlog with ease.
There a couple of really neat features to help make editing fast. You
can edit details of your user stories directly in the list. You can
also edit multiple items all at the same time, making mass changes much
easier than they would be in Excel.
you can sort your backlog so you can see all your user stories in an
order that makes sense to you. You can also define your own values for
all the key fields like priority, story status, story type, release
status and release type.
Another neat feature is the ability to allocate user stories quickly into releases.
has a really simple visual interface to move stories from your backlog
into a release and potentially back again. It also allows you to show
multiple releases on the same page, and sort stories into one release or
That's a feature that should make Release Planning nice and straightforward and make your Release Backlogs easy to manage.
Later on, Aldon say they will integrate Aldon Agile Manager into their other commercially-available Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions
which cover a full range of IT areas from IT service management, IT
compliance, software change management, deployment and release
management, and IT portfolio management.
they were keen to point out that Aldon Agile Manager will always remain
available for free as a standalone product, with no obligation to use
their other commercial products unless you want to.
are already using Aldon Agile Manager internally to manage their own
agile development projects. I must admit, I like that. I like it when a
company "eats their own dog food" - there's no doubt in my mind it
results in better products that actually work in practice, rather than
just in theory.
I was also fortunate
enough to see some of Aldon's prototypes for some of their future
developments. They intend to release new versions of the product every
3-4 months and they've got some great ideas. I particularly liked the
way they intend to allow you to visually sort user stories into columns
based on their Fibonacci size
They also showed me a great prototype for how they plan to allow you
to sort user stories into priority order, again in a very visual way.
I like most of all about their approach to future development, apart
from the fact they are using an agile approach on this product and
releasing it as it develops, is the fact that they're asking the user
community to suggest changes and to vote
on which features they would most like to see.
They've gone way beyond simply asking for feedback, and have published their product backlog
allowing the community to really contribute to the product and to steer
its development. Especially for a free product, I think that's a
really great approach.
To find out more and download the product for free, click here
. For further information on Aldon's other ALM solutions, click here