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Yesterday, I occasionally stumbled upon miniSCRUM, a free online Scrum tool. It’s for sure not the first Scrum project management tool that I examined – but the ones that I’ve seen and tried so far were too complicated and/or required too much knowledge about Scrum or the tool itself or both. In the end, these tools always introduced more problems than they solved, they got in my development way and made me less productive, not more.

Not so miniSCRUM. It’s dead simple and therefore totally intuitive in its usage. In fact, it takes longer to read the documentation than just to begin using it. It’s a perfect example for the KISS principle: Only the bare minimum of Scrum features are available, and a five-minute introduction to the basic ideas behind Scrum is enough to understand them.

If you want to give Scrum a try, or play around with the idea of iterative project planning/estimating, or do some Solo Scrum for your own personal stuff, or if you don’t care too much about the theoretical background of Scrum (at least not in the beginning), then miniSCRUM is for you. It’s a perfect starting point to see how it feels and how it can work for you. All you need is an OpenID to sign in.

I immediately and hopelessly fell in love with miniSCRUM. I will use it for my own personal projects and I will also recommend it to anyone who wants to give Scrum a first try…

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 6:21 AM Project Management | Back to top


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Thank you so much for the review Thomas! I'm very glad to hear positive reaction to miniscrum.
I'll try to keep the project as nice as possible, making it an antipode to existing enterprise-academic-streamline-business-solutions :)
Left by Victor Nakoryakov on Feb 02, 2010 8:22 AM

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I appreciate this online start-up. It would be greater if it'll be integrated with any social networks.
Left by Itransition on Feb 02, 2010 1:33 PM

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@Victor
No problem. In the end, you did me a bigger favor than I did you. Keep the good work!
@ltransition
How could such an 'integration in social networks' look like? And who'd be interested in this sort of estimating and planning stuff anyhow (except the creators)?
Left by Thomas Weller on Feb 02, 2010 1:54 PM

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@Thomas
I think Itransitions idea is a good one. Lets take a Facebook app version of miniScrum for example. I as a developer on some small projects could add the miniScrum app. Then, any of my developer friends that I wanted to see/join the project, I could add to to project. This would allow me and my team of friends to use miniScrum without creating a new id at a new website. Just go into Facebook, and start the miniScrum app.
Left by Robert Maissan on Feb 02, 2010 3:01 PM

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@Robert

So what you basically have in mind is online collaboration of different people? This is already supported by miniSCRUM. And besides an OpenID, you can also use e.g. a Google- or Yahoo-Account to sign in. So I think 'integration in social networks' wouldn't really add value...
Left by Thomas Weller on Feb 02, 2010 5:00 PM

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About integration. I see that I accidentally done a service that fits just one web-page. It's an ideal candidate to become a widget for embedding. I actually thought about possibility of its integration in intranet wikis such as Confluence. Embedding in anything is possible. But at this time I see no obvious benefits and market pull. So doing this now just because I can isn't the best idea IMO.

Idea with Facebook is interesting. But is viral development possible at all?! :)
Left by Victor Nakoryakov on Feb 03, 2010 9:14 AM

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I totally agree with message Posted by Robert Maissan
Left by Web Design Company on Jun 08, 2010 9:38 AM

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Hey Thomas!

Nice to know about about positive reaction to miniscrum.

Nice Post
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Left by web development on Feb 08, 2011 12:11 PM

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yes it will be beneficial for general audience if it integrated in day to day social bookmarking websites.
Left by Software Development Company on Mar 15, 2011 7:59 AM

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Do NOT use this tool the site is constantly breaking down. Pity because on first sight it seemed quite nice.
Left by stuart gascoyne on Aug 08, 2011 9:53 PM

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I see that I accidentally made a service that matches a web page. It is an ideal candidate to become a widget for integration. In fact, I thought of the possibility of integration with intranet wikis to Confluence. Integration into anything is possible. But at this stage I do not see clear benefits and market pull. Then do it now, just because I'm not the best idea IMO.
Left by Peter Babaian on Sep 23, 2011 2:21 PM

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I agree that the implementation of social media would take this project to the next level.
Left by Software Development on Jan 09, 2012 10:34 PM

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That is very helpful info you have provided in your post, it is very good thing for social media.
Left by Ways And Means Technology on Jan 28, 2013 2:22 PM

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