In our team we want to use SCRUM but for the moment we don't want to use a tool (most of them are not really free or just for limited number of project/users). Because agile is about simplicity, we think a good starting point to follow-up a SCRUM project would be to use an appropriate excel template. At the end Agile is a pathway.
Looking on internet, there are some specific excel file such as: product-backlog, sprint backlog, burndown chart, etc. I am wondering about some excel with all in one together and selft-contained and simple to use.
The most complete one I have found are:
- this one Petri Heiramo, CollabNet but I guess no one maintains it (probably it was the early stage of CollabNet).
- There is another one from MKB Software Expert that is a good one too.
I am looking for something that includes and integrate (I know it sounds like an application, but excel is very powerful tool):
- Product vision
- Release Plan
- Product Backlog Burndown
- Spring Backlog
- Resource Allocation
- Impediment List
Here some additional resources I have found on the internet about this topic:
It is an example, for parking lot application, with an executive dashboard (manual update) and with Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog https://www.scrumalliance.org/resources/8
Add-in: (I don't know how it works for Excel 2013) https://www.scrumalliance.org/resources/48
Seem to be provided by Petri Heiramo from Collabnet (this is the best I have found) https://www.odd-e.com/resources/template_backlogs/ph_product_sprint_backlog_0.03.xls
It contents Production Vision and Impediment list http://www.mkbsoftwareexpert.nl/download-scrum-tools/
Reference to some good templates some from Bas Vodde collection and Petri Heiramo http://agilesoftwaredevelopment.com/tags-860/scrum/scrum-backlog-templates-and-examples/
Other references https://www.odd-e.com/home_page/html_files/bl_templates.html
Good Product Backlog with macros for updating the information (click on the link: A backlog from a company starting with a "c") https://www.odd-e.com/home_page/html_files/bl_example.html
Just provide a screen shot, but gives you some idea about how to document user story https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog/a-sample-format-for-a-spreadsheet-based-product-backlog
Simple, it generates cards https://www.equinox.co.nz/blog/agile-excel-story-templates-for-backlogs-and-release-planning
What would be in your opinion a good excel all-in-one for managing and monitoring SCRUM projects?
Note: I am aware it can be considered as typical shopping/software question, the border can be diffuse because Project Management is about: Procedures, Techniques, Tools and its best practices applied to project management, therefore sometimes is impossible to talk about it without mentioning some specific technique and tools.