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A bright future for iceScrum

February 23, 2016

You are currently looking at the future of iceScrum! Well… at least a part of it. Indeed, the visual identity of our website will soon be shared by our tool, and it is just one of the many improvements we are preparing for you…

Former logo      New logo

With years of experience and enlightening feedback from our users and customers, our vision of iceScrum kept evolving until a point where the current version, iceScrum R6, had shown its limits. Indeed, it hindered our ability to offer you the great tool we think you deserve: the best of iceScrum but easier to use, multi-support, more consistent, more customizable and more intelligent.

That’s why, more than two years ago, the seed of a brand new version has been planted under the name “iceScrum R7”.

Our idea consists in two simple parts:

  1. Address today’s needs for the best agile project management tool by improving upon iceScrum R6 in every aspect thanks to the experience and feedback we have gathered.
  2. Give iceScrum the ability to adapt to future feedback and to the continuous improvements made in the field of agile methodologies.

To materialize this idea, we chose to:

  1. On the surface: keep the best of iceScrum and deliver it under a more consistent and enjoyable user experience, in addition to sensible new features.
  2. Under the hood: re-build iceScrum on top of modern and robust technology that will give us a solid foundation to ensure years of maintainability and improvability.

Contextual editing of a story in unified & customizable backlog view
Contextual editing of a story in unified & customizable backlog view

As eager we were to fulfill this promise, we did not let down our faithful users and customers and kept improving iceScrum R6. In parallel, we started iterating on the R7, both on the user interface in collaboration with UI/UX experts and early testers that provided an insightful feedback, and on the technical foundations.

Mobile & Tablet support
Mobile & Tablet support

In a lean startup fashion (if you don’t know lean startup yet, we highly recommend that you have a look at it!), we have pivoted a few times until we found an effective and simple way to provide the rich interactions required by agile project management. Sprint after sprint, we delivered user stories and today we are happy to say that iceScrum R7 is very close to beta!

If you want to be part of early R7 testers or if you just have anything to say about theses news, let us know in a comment!

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  • Nicolas Noullet
    About the Author:
    Nicolas Noullet works with Agile Methods, and in particular with Scrum, since 5 years at least. After joining Kagilum, he became the most active contributor on the iceScrum tool. Today he shares his time between training / teaching and the iceScrum development.

11 Comments

  • benjamin.robic@gmail.com / Reply

    Hello,

    I would like to test this new version when it will be available!

    Thanks by advance 🙂


    • Nicolas Noullet Post author / Reply

      Thanks for your interest, you should have received an email 🙂


  • colletes / Reply

    Awesome news for an awesome tool! I’m really interested in the beta! 🙂


    • Nicolas Noullet Post author / Reply

      Thanks for your interest, you should have received an email 🙂


  • Gabriel / Reply

    ¡I would love to try this beta as soon as it’s available!
    ¿Will the free community version still be available with R7?

    thanks in advance,

    gabrielboaglio@gmail.com


    • Nicolas Noullet Post author / Reply

      Gabriel, thanks for your interest, you should have received an email!

      We have no plan to change the community/pro model for the moment, but I can’t promise that it won’t change at some point. That being said, iceScrum R7 as you can try it is open source just as iceScrum R6 community!


  • Christophe / Reply

    Hello,

    I would like to test this new version when it will be available!

    Thanks by advance


    • Nicolas Noullet Post author / Reply

      Thanks for your interest, you should have received an email 🙂


  • melwynjensen / Reply

    Am interested too 🙂


  • nevasha / Reply

    I am testing the current version and I like the simplicity of design and workflow. As I am using a free trial version I am not sure how it scales for multi-scrum team environment addressing a single product backlog.


    • Nicolas Noullet Post author / Reply

      At the moment the best way to do so consists in having a project that servers only as a backlog for other projects. If you are Product Owner and if you have a Pro license or use iceScrum Cloud then you can dispatch stories from this project to the concrete projects by copying them (clicking on “copy” should display a modal offering you to copy to another of the projects where your are Product Owner).

      Then, you can use the iceScrum Pro bundle feature in order to have a big picture of the sprint evolution across your projects : https://www.icescrum.com/documentation/project-bundle/


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