I enjoy the Agile Scrum project management workflow at my workplace where we use Atlassian’s Jira & Scrum tools for managing various projects. While, one may not need all the hefty features of a enterprise tool for managing personal projects, it would be nice to have a free tool with support for such a Agile Scrum workflow.
Some of the features that I expect in a Agile Scrum tool (for personal use) are:
- Having the ability to create and manage sprints and a backlog
- Usage of epics to categorize the list of items to be completed in a project
- Being able to assign story points to stories
- View progress in a sprint – with story points as a metric
- Being able to mark items as done
Trello has been referenced for use as a scrum tool, which may need a few tweaks/hacks. While, this may work for others, I was looking for a much simpler alternative like Workflowy. In case, you haven’t heard about it before:
WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It can help you organize personal to-dos, collaborate on large team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, plan a wedding, and much more.
For my wishlist of Agile/Scrum features mentioned above for personal use, here is how Workflowy can be set up:
- Workflowy supports tagging so, tags can be used as epics for categorization
- (hack) Use tags with a specific prefix for assigning story points to individual items
- View progress in a given sprint using a bookmarklet
As indicated in the screenshot below, I am using “SP-” as a standard prefix for assigning story points to individual items.
To use this in workflowy, simple create a bookmarklet in your browser with any name of your choice and the minified version of the code below as the URL. To see the progress in a given sprint or a view, simply click on the bookmarklet and it will display the progress.
Note: when using this bookmarklet, please make sure to have “Completed:visible” in workflowy (top-right corner). You may change this back to “Completed:hidden” after viewing the progress.
Minified version of this code is available here.