Assembla offers an impressive feature set for agile software teams

Over the past two and a half years I feel that I’ve signed up for the vast majority of 30-day trials for web-based project management solutions. As Project Manager at Enzyme IT, I’m continually looking for ways to improve productivity, streamline project management and workflow, and become more agile. Ive used BaseCamp, Unfuddle, ActionMethod, eProject, and more. All of which are great products with respectable followings.

However, there’s always been something missing. Either it was not specific enough for software development , did not allow for an agile workflow, did not integrate time tracking, or a combination of all. The closest I came to satisfaction was using Unfuddle. With a fantastic group behind it who are really wanting to provide a solution tailored to software development, I can honestly say that Unfuddle is great.

But it didn’t work entirely for us, for a couple of reasons, the most important of which was that the site was running slow on our office internet connection, which caused headaches and reduced productivity. Apparently this issue was isolated, and I’m leaning toward an issue with our ISP or router than with Unfuddle itself.

As the benefits of a more agile workflow became apparent, we came across Assembla. The more that I use Assembla, the more I love it. The ‘Agile Planner’ is great, allowing us to draft a feature story, and create child tickets which are associated with it. We can brand each space with a custom header and our company logo, and set permissions for clients and employees. Burndown charts, metrics, portfolio management, HR, staffing, Git, Subversion, Trac…. you name it, Assembla has it!
I won’t list all the features here, but I do suggest that you test out the trial. The application as a whole is intuitive, but with any new application will require a small ramping up time.

oDesk and Assembla have partnered this month: “Assembla, a leading provider of tools and services for accelerating software development, and oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams, today announced a co-marketing partnership geared to enhancing the work of globally distributed software development teams.” – 26th March –


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