Agile differs from more traditional methods in many ways.
One of the most important is its introduction of many new tools such as stories and task boards. Another is its often quite radical re-interpretation of traditional methods such as planning and estimation.
The various pages in the Tools menu define in detail the tools and techniques Agile teams needs to understand and (probably) use. Each item has its own page, which explains:
- What the tool or technique is (and often why it has been developed).
- What a typical example (or its output) looks like.
- Basic advice on how to create and use it.
Because Agile is so different from other approaches, the pages are often quite long. However, like Agile201.com’s other background pages, they are well worth studying in some depth. Certainly Agile cannot really be mastered until these universally used tools and techniques are understood thoroughly and put to good use.
Click on the tabs below for a map of how tools & techniques are used across the overall Agile lifecycle. If you are interested in an item on the maps below that is not listed on this page (e.g., Release or Iteration Planning), this means that it is a more widely used technique, and you can find it using Search.
Agile uses specialised tools & techniques throughout the product and release management cycles.
Use this map to work out how to make the best use of them.