A nice side effect of having the Succeeding with Agile book done and in print is that some of my time has freed up for other projects. One such project has been the creation of some free agile project management tools that we're making available on the Mountain Goat Software website. I've wanted to make some of these available for a long time so it's nice to finally be able to do so. The first two tools we're making available are a velocity range calculator and a relative weighting worksheet.
Velocity Range Calculator
The velocity range calculator takes as inputs at least five recent sprints and then tells you the range which corresponds to a 90% confidence interval around your velocity. Plans created with this 90% confidence interval will be more likely to be accurate than plans created with a point estimate of velocity. This technique is described in Succeeding with Agile.
Relative Weighting Worksheet
The second tool is a relative weighting worksheet. Relative weighting is a prioritization technique that can be used for items on your product backlog (or for comparing entire projects). I teach this technique in Certified Scrum Product Owner classes and wrote about it in Agile Estimating and Planning.
More to Come
You can find the free tools in the new tools section of the Mountain Goat Software website. I'll have more tools to announce in about a week.