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					                                                   Welcome to the Scrum and agile tools RFP guide
This guide allows you to compare Scrum and agile tooling companies. For your convience, the section for Danube's ScrumWorks® Pro has already been filled out.
The matrix is organized in two groups: Vendor and Product (each recorded on their respective sheet).

The Scoring Dashboard sheet automatically aggregates all scores into a single table to provide an at-a-glance view of the total score and help you facilitate your final decision (no data
entry needed on this sheet).

When you are ready to begin, simply follow the 3-step process:

Step 1: Replace the "Other Vendor" column with a vendor of your choice and rate them based on the Rating & Usage Tips key below.
Step 2: On the Vendor and Product sheets, rate each vendor in column E, using the scale listed on the Rating & Usage Tips key below.
Step 3: Turn to the Scoring Dashboard sheet to compare the results for Danube's ScrumWorks Pro and the other vendor's tool.




Rating Tips Key
Rating                     Criteria
            3              Exceeds the defined capability
            2              Meets the defined capability
            1              Has limited capability
            0              Does not meet any of the defined capability

Importance                 Criteria
             3             Must have
             2             Important
             1             Would be nice to have
             0             Does not provide any value
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                                                                               ScrumWorks Pro   Other Vendor   ScrumWorks Pro Comments               Other Vendor Comments
Vendor - Viability and Market Leadership                       (3 = Highest)
    Financial viability                                                                                        Danube is privately held and has
                                                                                     3                         experienced steady growth
                                                                                                               throughout the past decade.
    Years in business                                                                3                         Founded in 2000
    Are you profitable on a GAAP accrual basis?                                      3                         Yes
    Size of company                                                                  2                         30+ employees
    Is code escrow available?                                                                                  Yes, although customer must pay
                                                                                     3
                                                                                                               the fees.
    Recognized firsts                                                                                          First commercial Scrum product on
                                                                                                               the market, launched in August
                                                                                                               2004.


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    Industry awards and independent recognition                                                                Many Awards including SBA
                                                                                                               Young Entrepreneurs of the Year,
                                                                                                               2004; Puget Sound Fastest
                                                                                                               Growing Company, 2004, 2005,
                                                                                                               and 2007; Inc. 5000 Fastest
                                                                                     3                         Growing Company, 2008 and
                                                                                                               2009; Jolt Productivity Award in
                                                                                                               the project management category,
                                                                                                               2008


    Extensive customer reference list and testimonials across different                                        ScrumWorks is currently used by
    industry                                                                                                   more than half of the Fortune 100.
                                                                                                               To see testimonials and case
                                                                                                               studies with Sun Microsystems,
                                                                                     3                         Intel, Microsoft, and more, head
                                                                                                               here: http://danube.com/customers




    Customer references of large agile deployments                                                             Detailed testimonials and case
                                                                                                               studies with Sun Microsystems,
                                                                                                               Intel, and Idaho State Government
                                                                                     3
                                                                                                               are available here:
                                                                                                               http://danube.com/customers

    Customer longevity                                                                                         Danube has experienced a high
                                                                                                               rate of customer retention over the
                                                                                     3
                                                                                                               past decade. In fact, most
                                                                                                               customers find the tool so valuable
    Proof of an active user community                                                                          Danube's suite of ScrumWorks
                                                                                                               products are used by more than
                                                                                     2
                                                                                                               125,000 software professionals
                                                                                                               worldwide, making it the most
Weighted Score                                                                                                 popular agile tool on the market.
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Vendor - Scrum Expertise & Coaching Services
    Comprehensive curriculum of agile training courses                                Danube's ScrumCORE™ training
                                                                                      team includes five Certified Scrum
                                                                                      Trainers, who host dozens of
                                                                     3
                                                                                      training courses around the world
                                                                                      each year, including ScrumMaster
                                                                                      and Product Owner Certification
    Onsite training                                                                   courses. For more information,
                                                                                      Danube's ScrumCORE™ training
                                                                                      team is also available for private,
                                                                                      on-site coaching engagements.
                                                                                      Many organizations find these
                                                                     3                sessions are more valuable, as
                                                                                      they allow the CST to address
                                                                                      challenges unique to the
                                                                                      organization.


    Public training                                                                   As previously stated, Danube's
                                                                                      ScrumCORE team hosts regularly
                                                                                      scheduled courses each year in
                                                                                      North America, Europe, and Asia.
                                                                                      For more information on Danube's
                                                                     3                public course offerings, please
                                                                                      visit:
                                                                                      http://www.danube.com/courses



    Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainers on staff (W2 not 1099                     Danube's ScrumCORE team
    contractors)                                                                      includes five Certified Scrum
                                                                     3                Trainers.


    Respected source of agile knowledge and expertise                                 The five Certified Scrum Trainers
                                                                                      who make up Danube's
                                                                                      ScrumCORE team play an
                                                                                      important role in advancing
                                                                                      thought leadership in the Scrum
                                                                                      community. Through blogs, white
                                                                     3                papers, and conference
                                                                                      presentations, the team
                                                                                      demonstrates a commitment to
                                                                                      improved development processes
                                                                                      through Scrum.


    Proof of expertise in successful Scrum Transformation                             Danube has deep experience
                                                                                      leading organizations through the
                                                                                      challenges of a Scrum
                                                                                      transformation. For an in-depth
                                                                                      example, please contact Danube
                                                                     3                directly at (503) 248-0800 or view
                                                                                      a case study of our work with Intel
                                                                                      here:
                                                                                      http://danube.com/docs/case_studi
                                                                                      es/Intel_case_study.pdf

Weighted Score                                                      3.00   #DIV/0!




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1                                                                               ScrumWorks Pro       Other Vendor ScrumWorks Pro Comments                                                Other Vendor Comments
2 Product - Platform and Deployment                                                              (3 = Highest)
    For security purposes, is your tool provided as an on-premise install?                                        ScrumWorks Pro deploys on-premise.
                                                                                      3
3
    What operating systems do you support on the server-side?                                                     ScrumWorks Pro officially supports the following server-side
                                                                                      3                           platforms: Windows XP, Vista, 2003 Server, 2008 Server; Mac OS X
4                                                                                                                 10.4.2+; Linux.
    What operating systems do you support on the client-side?                                                     o The ScrumWorks Pro Desktop Client is compatible with Windows
                                                                                                                  XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4.2+, and Linux KDE windows manager. The
                                                                                      3                           ScrumWorks Pro Web Client is compatible with Internet Explorer 6+,
                                                                                                                  Mozilla/Firefox 1.5+, and Safari 2.0+.
5
    Please list any prerequisite software packages your tool relies on.                                           o The ScrumWorks Pro Desktop Client requires Java 1.5 or 1.6
                                                                                                                  installed on each client computer. To run the ScrumWorks Server on
                                                                                      3                           Mac OS X and Linux, The Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.5 must first
                                                                                                                  be installed.
6
    For an on-premise deployment, what server-side software prerequisites are                                     Server-side: The ScrumWorks Pro Server requires Java 1.5.
    needed to run your tool?                                                                                      Optionally, the ScrumWorks Pro Server may be configured to use the
                                                                                      3                           MySQL database, in which case it becomes a prerequisite.

7
    What database platforms do you support?                                                                       ScrumWorks Pro uses the popular, open-source MySQL RDBMS.
                                                                                      3                           Optionally, ScrumWorks Pro can be installed using Hypersonic, an in-
 8                                                                                                                memory RDBMS.
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11 Licensing and Cost
     Please describe the licensing models you offer (subscription, perpetual,                                      ScrumWorks Pro can be licensed in a number of ways to best suit
     concurrent/floating).                                                                                         your organization’s needs and policies. ScrumWorks Pro is offered
                                                                                                                   through both perpetual and subscription license terms with an
                                                                                                                   optional per annum support contract for perpetual licensees. There
                                                                                                                   are currently two license models offered:

                                                                                            3                      registered users in the system, although there are no limits on
                                                                                                                   concurrent use by registered users.

                                                                                                                   registered users that may concurrently use the software, although
                                                                                                                   there are no limits on the number of registered users in the system.

12
     Are the license fees different for an on-premise vs. hosted deployment?                                       All pricing is for on-premise deployment.
                                                                                            3
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     What are the licensing fees?                                                                                  o Per-Seat, perpetual: US $500 per user
                                                                                                                   o Per-Seat, subscription: US $289 per user per year
                                                                                            3
                                                                                                                   o Concurrent User, perpetual: US $1,750 per user
14
     What volume licensing discounts are available?                                                                Call 503.248.0800 to get the ScrumWorks Volume Discount Price
                                                                                            3                      guide.
15
     If you offer a perpetual license model, describe your support/maintenance                                     An Optional Support Contract is offered at 20 percent of license fees
     contracts.                                                                             3                      per annum. Includes access to upgrades and email-based support.
16
     Do you charge extra for certain components, modules or add-ons? Please                                        o There are no extra license fees for certain components, modules,
                                                                                            3
17 detail any fees for add-ons.                                                                                    and features; all are included in the license fees detailed above.
     Please break down the total cost of ownership (including support contracts, if                                o Example scenario: 10 users, per-seat perpetual licensing
     applicable) at year one, three, and five.
                                                                                                                   $6,000
                                                                                            3
                                                                                                                   contract = $8,000

                                                                                                                   contract = $10,000
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21 Product Evaluation
     Is a time-limited free trial of your product available? Are there limits on the                                  A 35-day free trial is available. Unlimited number of users, unlimited
     number of users I can trial with?                                                         3                      number of products.
22
     Can I try your tool with my data or do I need to use sample data you provide?                                    Users can create or import data. Optionally, a sample product with
                                                                                               3
23                                                                                                                    fictional data is also available.
     For security reasons, is your trial available as an on-premise install?                                          Trials are available for on-premise installation.
                                                                                               3
24
     In addition to your commercial tool, is there a freeware edition of your tool? Is                                ScrumWorks Basic edition has been available as freeware since
     the freeware edition limited in some way (e.g., number of users, projects,                                       2004. It is not limited by the number of users, projects, teams, or in
     teams, etc.)?                                                                             3                      any other way. However, the Pro edition contains significantly better
25                                                                                                                    features and scalability.
     Can data from a freeware or trial edition be preserved and transferred to a                                      All data can be migrated from ScrumWorks Basic to ScrumWorks
                                                                                               3
26 commercial upgrade of the tool if we decide to buy it?                                                             Pro.
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29 Agile and Scrum Compatibility
     Is your tool designed exclusively for the Scrum method or is it an all-in-one                                The tool is designed for Scrum teams, but is nonetheless flexible
                                                                                           3
30 tool?                                                                                                          enough to work with a variety of agile processes.
     Is the tool capable of capturing requirements as User Stories/Backlog Items?                                 Requirements are captured as Product Backlog Items (or User
                                                                                           3                      Stories) and are prioritized in the Product Backlog. Metrics and
31                                                                                                                reports are primarily based upon Backlog Items.
     Can Product Backlog Items be easily prioritized (e.g., with drag-and-drop)?                                  Product Backlog Items can be prioritized with a drag-and-drop
                                                                                                                  interface for purposes of release planning, sprint planning, and
                                                                                                                  general item-by-item prioritization. The tool also includes a
                                                                                           3                      “filter/highlight” feature for convenient sorting and searching. Users
                                                                                                                  may also open more than one instance of the product to reprioritize or
                                                                                                                  better view large backlogs.
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     Does the tool enforce a strict priority ordering for Product Backlog Items?                                  ScrumWorks Pro requires that each Product Backlog Item have a
                                                                                                                  unique priority to enforce the “strict prioritization” paradigm espoused
                                                                                                                  by Scrum. The process concern in having priority classes (e.g., low,
                                                                                           3                      medium, high) is that there is no clear distinction between individual
                                                                                                                  items if and when a release needs to be decomposed.

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     Is there a way to capture and expose impediments blocking the                                                Impediments are prominently featured throughout the ScrumWorks
     team/organization?                                                                                           Pro application. Users can log issues that block productivity and the
                                                                                           3                      issues will be visible throughout the Desktop and Web clients.
34
     Are your metrics based on the User Story/Backlog Item level as opposed to                                    ScrumWorks Pro’s metrics focus at the Backlog Item level as
     the task level?                                                                                              opposed to the task level to reinforce the concept of empirical “macro
                                                                                                                  metrics.”
35
     Can effort units for User Stories/Backlog Items be customized?                                               The estimation units for Backlog Items can be customized/specified
                                                                                           3                      on a Product-by-Product basis.
36
     Is there a clearly separated Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog? Are both of                                 ScrumWorks Pro uses a two-column product paradigm. The
                                                                                           3                      “uncommitted” Product Backlog is listed on the right-hand side, while
37 these aspects visible from the same screen?
     Can Product Backlog Items be moved into the Sprint Backlog using drag-and-                                   Committing Backlog Items Team appear on the drag-and-drop
                                                                                                                  a list of Sprints grouped by to Sprints is a simple left side. Both sides
     drop?                                                                                 3                      operation between the right and left sides of the application. Items
                                                                                                                  may also be dragged in bulk by selecting multiple items.
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     Does the tool offer a way to print requirements and tasks to cards for use on                                ScrumWorks Pro does not preclude the use of physical cards on task
     physical task boards?                                                                                        boards or as manual reference aides. Physical cards may be
                                                                                           3                      generated by selecting any group of Backlog Items and/or Tasks and
                                                                                                                  use the “Print to Cards” feature
39
     How does the tool function as an information radiator to users and non-users                                 ScrumWorks Pro includes a powerful feature called “Web Reports.”
     alike? Can you publish data out to URLs for consumption by anyone on the                                     Data and graphical reports can be built in a WYSIWYG editor and
     network?                                                                                                     then published to a web link. The web link may then be disseminated
                                                                                                                  to users and non-users alike. These Web Reports are non-
                                                                                           3                      authenticated, meaning non-users such as stakeholders can get
                                                                                                                  continuous access to data inside ScrumWorks Pro without ever
                                                                                                                  logging in. Web Reports update in real-time to reflect recent
40                                                                                                                changes.
     How does your tool handle scaled agile scenarios with multiple teams                                         In the two-pane paradigm discussed above, the Sprint side is capable
     working against a single release or backlog?                                                                 of housing sprints for multiple teams. Each team is represented as a
                                                                                           3                      tab by default. If side-by-side comparison is required, each tab can
                                                                                                                  be docked or floated independently. This allows a single Product
                                                                                                                  Backlog to feed multiple teams.
41
     Does your firm demonstrate a clear understanding of Scrum principles? Do                                     In addition to authoring ScrumWorks Pro, Danube is the leading
     you have in-house expertise (not including partners) to provide service                                      provider of Scrum and agile training and coaching services. We have
     offerings around Scrum and agile such as Certified ScrumMaster training?                                     five Certified Scrum Trainers on staff and hold over 150 public
                                                                                           3                      Certified ScrumMaster courses each year in addition to dozens of
                                                                                                                  private courses. ScrumWorks Pro is built using real-world feedback
                                                                                                                  from the thousands of organizations we train and coach each year.
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45 Release Planning and Tracking
     Is the tool capable of creating custom releases and release dates? Can                                               The Product Backlog can be divided into custom releases, each with
     reports be filtered and customized by release?                                                                       an optional date field to create sub-milestones for the Product
                                                                                                   3                      Backlog. All Product Backlog Item-focused reports, including the
                                                                                                                          Product Burndown Charts, can be filtered by release.
46
     Can releases be prioritized amongst other releases?                                                                  ScrumWorks Pro supports the re-organization or prioritization of
                                                                                                                          releases by importance/relevance. Visually, this assists users in
                                                                                                   3
                                                                                                                          discerning those releases that are immediately relevant from those
47                                                                                                                        that are more distantly scheduled.
     Does the tool contain a release forecasting capability based on empirical                                            ScrumWorks Pro offers Mike Cohn’s “Alternative Burndown Chart” as
     metrics like Mike Cohn’s “Alternative Burndown Chart”?                                                               a way to forecast release completion based on empirical progress
                                                                                                                          and change to date. This burndown chart presents a far more realistic
                                                                                                                          view of a product because, in addition to tracking the amount of work
                                                                                                                          completed, it tracks the change in the project’s scope. Given that
                                                                                                   3
                                                                                                                          software projects seldom proceed without scope revisions, this chart
                                                                                                                          is an important aid in accurately promoting trend lines and forecasting
                                                                                                                          release dates.

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     How does your tool handle the categorization of work? Do you use                                                     In contrast to competitors, ScrumWorks Pro has applied the concept
     tags/themes or a nested hierarchy and why?                                                                           of “tagging” to categorization and organization of requirements in the
                                                                                                                          Product Backlog. Each Product Backlog Item can be tagged with
                                                                                                                          one or many “Themes.” Views and reports can then be filtered by
                                                                                                                          Themes, or a combination of Themes, to express relationships
                                                                                                                          between items in a multi-faceted manner.

                                                                                                                          Traditional hierarchies are limiting and flawed because a single item
                                                                                                                          can only exist in one place in the hierarchy. This limits the expression
                                                                                                                          of relationships to the static hierarchical view. In complex projects, it
                                                                                                   3
                                                                                                                          is often valuable to view work items from multiple perspectives,
                                                                                                                          something ScrumWorks Pro’s concept of Themes supports.

                                                                                                                          In addition, the hierarchical organization of Product Backlog Items
                                                                                                                          creates a problem for Scrum projects: prioritization relies on the fact
                                                                                                                          that all items exist on the same, flat level. Nested items cannot be
                                                                                                                          prioritized in a strict priority.


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     Does the tool track progress for high-level requirements (Epics)?                                                    High-level requirements (or Epics) can be expressed as “Themes” in
                                                                                                                          ScrumWorks Pro. Reports can be generated that are filtered for
                                                                                                   3                      particular Themes to gauge the progress of just one Epic.
50
     Does the tool permit release reporting across multiple teams?                                                        There are a number of reports that cross teams, the most prominent
                                                                                                                          being the Product Burndown Charts. These charts will take into
                                                                                                   3                      account the progress achieved by all teams in aggregate when
                                                                                                                          forecasting a release schedule so that it provides the “big picture”
51                                                                                                                        across all products.
     Does the tool permit release reporting across multiple products?                                                     The Product Progress Report provides a way to demonstrate release
                                                                                                                          progress across multiple products at once. This report presents all
                                                                                                   3                      releases across multiple products in a particular date range.
                                                                                                                          Progress indicators show the health of each release that falls into that
                                                                                                                          time frame.
52
     Is it possible to filter your release backlog to isolate a specific feature or set of                                The Product Backlog can be filtered or highlighted by Theme. This
     features for a more focused prioritization or feature decomposition?                                                 allows for focused analysis and prioritization. Drag-and-drop
                                                                                                   3
                                                                                                                          prioritization is possible in a filtered context.
53
     Does the tool allow users to assign business valuations to User                                                      ScrumWorks Pro has a “business value” capability that allows users
     Stories/Backlog Items to better inform release planning?                                                             to assign a business weight to individual work items scheduled for
                                                                                                                          work in a release. Combined with effort estimates, the business
                                                                                                   3                      valuations are used to generate an “ROI Index.” By comparing the
                                                                                                                          ROI of prospective work items, managers can better make critical
                                                                                                                          prioritization decisions and always keep their teams producing high
54                                                                                                                        value work.
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57 Useability
     Please describe how the interface utilizes drag-and-drop.                                                 ScrumWorks Pro was designed from the ground up with a drag-and-
                                                                                                               drop interface in mind. In an effort to mimic manual agile
                                                                                                               approaches, ScrumWorks Pro uses a unique drag-and-drop
                                                                                                               prioritization system. Release management and sprint planning is
                                                                                        3                      also handled through drag-and-drop. Further, task management is
                                                                                                               largely a function of drag actions. In the web reports feature, drag-
                                                                                                               and-drop is used in laying out and customizing reports.

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     Please describe the tool’s time-saving interface features such as keyboard                                The ScrumWorks Pro Desktop client boasts a number of keyboard
     shortcuts.                                                                                                shortcuts to streamline workflow. Keyboard shortcuts exist for
                                                                                                               creating new items and tasks, navigation between items in a list,
                                                                                        3                      scrolling inside an editor, copy/pasting of entities, and even splitting
                                                                                                               off new work items from inside an editor. A complete list of keyboard
                                                                                                               shortcuts has been assembled into a printable tri-fold for convenient
                                                                                                               reference.
59
     How are “bulk” operations performed?                                                                      ScrumWorks Pro lets users select multiple work items and tasks and
                                                                                                               perform bulk actions. Bulk actions include prioritization moves,
                                                                                                               parent-child relationship changes, application of categories/Themes,
                                                                                        3                      deletions, and drag operations between product containers. Multiple
                                                                                                               items can even be copied and pasted.

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     How do I copy and paste commonly recurring tasks?                                                         o In ScrumWorks Pro, one or more tasks can be right-clicked and
                                                                                                               copied. A task can then be pasted into one or more destinations.
                                                                                                               This saves considerable time when creating common or frequently
                                                                                        3                      recurring tasks.


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     How does the interface allow for customized screen layouts?                                               ScrumWorks Pro is built on a dockable windows framework. This
                                                                                                               means that sections of windows (frames) can be rearranged using a
                                                                                        3                      “docking” concept similar to the Eclipse IDE. Editors and frames can
                                                                                                               be docked, popped-out and floated, or realigned in side-by-side
62                                                                                                             configurations.
     Does the tool include a “search” feature?                                                                 ScrumWorks Pro includes a find feature that searches work items
                                                                                        3                      and tasks by keyword.
63
     Does the tool offer in-line editing?                                                                      ScrumWorks Pro has several interfaces that allow users to click and
                                                                                        3                      type immediately without working in editors. This saves time and
                                                                                                               effort and decreases data entry frustration.
64
     How does the tool support printing?                                                                       Scrum team members often prefer using paper cards in planning and
                                                                                                               analysis discussions. ScrumWorks Pro therefore has a “print to
                                                                                                               cards” feature that enables teams to quickly generate a set of physical
                                                                                        3                      cards based on data in the ScrumWorks Pro system. Web reports
                                                                                                               can also be used to generate printable reports, allowing users to
                                                                                                               identify the data to be represented and customize its presentation.
65
     Can users attach files to User Stories/Backlog Items? Is it restricted to                                 Files can be attached to work items without any restrictions or limits.
     specific file types?
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70 Team Communication and Collaboration
     Does your tool provide for Sprint Burndown charts?                                                         The Sprint burndown chart is a pivotal tool for intra-team
                                                                                                                communication and can be found in both the Desktop and Web
                                                                                                                Client. Sprint burndown charts can be configured to skip holidays,
                                                                                         3
                                                                                                                weekends, and non-work days to produce a more accurate burndown.

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     Does your tool provide teams a way to load balance work amongst team                                       The Team Member Load Report allows team members to see load
     members?                                                                                                   distribution in the current iteration as well as across all iterations. This
                                                                                         3
                                                                                                                way users have a sense for who is doing what and how loaded they
72                                                                                                              are in their various iterations.
     Do you provide a software equivalent to a physical task board?                                             ScrumWorks Pro pioneered the virtual task board concept by offering
                                                                                                                a drag-and-drop interface that mimics moving task cards on a
                                                                                                                physical wall. The Web Client leverages a task board design for the
                                                                                                                primary interface. Users can instantly see who is working on what,
                                                                                                                tasks that are unassigned, and the progress of all work items in a
                                                                                                                given iteration. Coupled with the Sprint Burndown Chart and an
                                                                                         3                      impediments list, the task board is a critical element allowing
                                                                                                                distributed teams to share a “team room” experience. Tasks can be
                                                                                                                created, edited, deleted, and moved between status columns.
                                                                                                                Highlighting allows teams to focus on particular individuals as
                                                                                                                needed.
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     Does the tool contain a personalized/customizable view of each individual’s                                The “My Tasks” screen in the Web Client gives users a personalized
     tasks across multiple products?                                                                            view of all current work across the multiple projects. My Tasks is
                                                                                                                critical for people working on multiple teams across multiple projects
                                                                                                                because it summarizes all relevant information on a single screen.
                                                                                                                Work can be filtered by sprint or project to allow developers to focus
                                                                                         3                      on one thing at a time. Likewise, the summary table can be used to
                                                                                                                keep track of how many days remain in each iteration, as well as how
                                                                                                                many total task hours remain outstanding across each sprint.

74
     Does the tool enable customizable notifications?                                                           ScrumWorks Pro allows users to create email notifications covering
                                                                                                                all manner of work item and task changes. Users can limit the scope
                                                                                         3                      of notification by teams as well. Notifications are sent either
75                                                                                                              immediately upon event or as part of a daily digest.

76 Weighted Score                                                                       3.00          #DIV/0!
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78 Reporting
     Are reports based on User Stories and Velocity, or by summing task-level                                         Being an agile-focused solution, ScrumWorks Pro provides tools for
     detail?                                                                                                          estimation, tracking and forecasting based on User Story/Product
                                                                                                                      Backlog Item level effort estimates. This “velocity”-based approach
                                                                                               3                      enables “empirical” metrics, such as release forecasting, based on
                                                                                                                      work actually completed in the past, changes to scope, etc.
79
     How are release dates forecasted?                                                                                In an agile process, releases are forecasted based on the empirical
                                                                                                                      conditions to date such as the team(s’) rate of progress, the rate of
                                                                                                                      changing requirements, and estimation changes affecting the release
                                                                                                                      backlog. ScrumWorks Pro is the only commercial product that
                                                                                                                      features release forecasting and takes all of these variables into
                                                                                               3                      account when extrapolating a release date. This report, based on
                                                                                                                      Mike Cohn’s Alternative Burndown Chart concept, can be filtered and
                                                                                                                      customized in a number of ways to fine-tune reporting needs.

80
     Does the tool provide an exhaustive audit/change log?                                                            All work item and task-level modifications are logged in the “Change
                                                                                                                      Log.” This includes creations, edits, deletions, Theme changes,
                                                                                                                      business valuation, estimation, sprint and release associations, and
                                                                                                                      much more. All changes log the user name and time of event. The
                                                                                               3                      Change Log interface may be sorted and filtered by a number of
                                                                                                                      criteria to pinpoint exactly those changes that are relevant. When
                                                                                                                      viewing a change event, the previous state is listed side-by-side with
                                                                                                                      the changed state for comparison purposes.
81
     Does the tool contain an easily accessible executive/stakeholder “traffic light”-                                The Product Progress report presents a high-level, cross-product
     style progress indicator?                                                                 3                      status indication that uses colored graphical charts to indicate the
82                                                                                                                    health of releases/milestones.
     How can reports be delivered to managers and stakeholders (external of the                                       Designed just for this purpose, ScrumWorks Pro’s Web Reports offer
     tool)?                                                                                                           users the ability to publish ScrumWorks Pro data and charts to a
                                                                                                                      URL/web link, so that any stakeholder or manager has convenient
                                                                                                                      access to data in a web browser. Web Reports do not require
                                                                                                                      passwords to be accessed for any individual connected to the server;
                                                                                               3                      instead, access is controlled solely by distributing the link. To save
                                                                                                                      even more time, Web Reports are updated in real-time with every
                                                                                                                      page refresh, so stakeholders can bookmark a single link and come
                                                                                                                      back as desired to obtain progress updates.

83
     Does the tool have the capacity to report specific changes within a sprint?                                      The Sprint Change report gives users a detailed breakdown of work
                                                                                                                      item changes during a given sprint. Items completed by a team,
                                                                                               3                      added to the backlog, and re-estimated are all represented in this
                                                                                                                      report to provide a full explanation of release forecast effects.
84
     Does the tool include an overview of a team’s tasks, divided by individual?                                      The Sprint Detail View can be accessed by double-clicking a sprint
                                                                                                                      row in a product. This view allows ScrumMasters to oversee sprint
                                                                                               3                      progress and drill down on particular individuals by using the column-
                                                                                                                      filtering capabilities. Estimation history can be enabled to see day-by-
                                                                                                                      day estimation trends.
85
     Does the tool include non-agile metrics, such as individual burndown charts                                      ScrumWorks Pro does not include metrics that have been shown to
     or gantt charts?                                                                                                 undermine agile principles, such as individual burndown charts or
                                                                                               3                      ideal trend lines in burndown charts.
86
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89 Administration and Installation
     Describe the installation/deployment process.                                                               On Windows, server-side installation is governed by an installation
                                                                                                                 wizard typically employed by most desktop applications. Installation
                                                                                          3                      takes a few minutes after which the server is automatically started.
                                                                                                                 On Mac and Linux, server-side installation happens via interactive
                                                                                                                 shell script.
90
     Are there any hardware specification recommendations?                                                       ScrumWorks Pro has published hardware recommendations here:
                                                                                                                 http://danube.com/docs/scrumworks/pro/latest/ScrumWorks_Server_
                                                                                          3                      Hardware_Recommendations.pdf
91
     Does the tool offer support for multiple user types?                                                        ScrumWorks Pro has two levels of administration as well as a robust
                                                                                          3                      role-based permissions system.
92
     Can I define multiple administrators to spread the administrative load?                                     ScrumWorks Pro comes with a default “global administrator” user and
                                                                                          3                      the administrative load can further be distributed by assigning global
93                                                                                                               administrator rights to individual users.
     Can projects/products have local administrators?                                                            o Aside from global administrator status (over all projects), it is often
                                                                                                                 desirable to provide administrative access for a single project and
                                                                                          3                      ScrumWorks Pro provides just such an option. Individual users can
                                                                                                                 be granted administrative control over individual projects.
94
     Does the tool offer role-based permissions? How granular are the role                                       ScrumWorks Pro offers a robust role-based permissions system.
     permissions?                                                                                                There are default roles corresponding to the major Scrum roles, with
                                                                                                                 sensible default permissions.

                                                                                                                 Administrator users can override the default roles as well as create
                                                                                          3                      brand new roles on a project by project basis. Roles are therefore
                                                                                                                 project-specific and can be customized as desired at the project level.
                                                                                                                 Individual permissions are granular to the point of allowing most
                                                                                                                 substantive functions and data with the system to be access-
                                                                                                                 controlled.
95
     Does the tool offer role templates that apply to multiple products/projects?                                Role templates offer a way to propagate a particular set of roles out to
                                                                                                                 all projects in the ScrumWorks Pro system by default. Just like
                                                                                          3                      project level roles, role templates can be customized and
                                                                                                                 administrators can override defaults as needed.
96
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98
99 Training
      Do you recommend product training for new users?                                                            Historically, ScrumWorks Pro users have been able to get up and
                                                                                                                  running with ScrumWorks without extensive training. Danube
                                                                                                                  provides public webinars to cover the basics and private online
                                                                                           3                      demonstrations to answer questions. This, in combination with the
                                                                                                                  product documentation, is typically sufficient for most organizations.
100
      Is training available for updates?                                                                          As new updates become available, webinars are scheduled to inform
                                                                                           3                      users of new features and to provide training.
101
      Can we look to your organization for training on agile and Scrum in general?                                Danube, author of ScrumWorks Pro, is the leading provider Certified
                                                                                                                  ScrumMaster training, as well as other agile topics. Danube offers
                                                                                           3                      hundreds of public courses yearly and is available to schedule
                                                                                                                  private, on-premise engagements world-wide.

102
103 Weighted Score                                                                        3.00          #DIV/0!
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105 Enterprise Scalability
      Is your tool an industry standard? How many users use your tool?                                             ScrumWorks is the leading agile project management platform in
                                                                                                                   terms of sheer users with more than 110,000 users. More than half of
                                                                                                                   the Fortune 100 use ScrumWorks for agile project management.
                                                                                            3


106
      Can users be managed via enterprise directory authentication such as Active                                  Users can be added and removed via Active Directory and LDAP.
      Directory and LDAP?                                                                                          Authentication is completely handled by the directory system, making
                                                                                            3                      ScrumWorks Pro ideal where enterprise security is centralized.

107
      Are integrations with common bug-tracking applications available?                                            Bugzilla and JIRA are currently supported out of the box.
                                                                                                                   Defects/issues can be imported into ScrumWorks Pro, prioritized
                                                                                                                   therein and kept synchronized with the bug tracker repository. The
                                                                                            3                      ScrumWorks Pro web services API can be used to create integrations
                                                                                                                   with other defect tracking systems as necessary
108
      Does the tool have the ability to support distributed teams?                                                 ScrumWorks Pro was designed to simulate the benefits of a “small
                                                                                                                   team agile” approach across large organizations with distributed
                                                                                                                   teams and team members. From the virtual task board to features
                                                                                            3                      like email notifications, ScrumWorks Pro supports distributed
                                                                                                                   development.
109
      • Has your tool been deployed for 500+ users on a single instance at a single                                ScrumWorks Pro has been deployed to more than 1,000 users on a
      customer site? 1,000+ users?                                                                                 single instance. Product development focuses on scalability and
                                                                                            3                      availability to satisfy enterprise deployment needs.
110
      Can you provide three large-customer references? Please list three multi-                                    o James Jay, GE Healthcare
      hundred user installations, approximate number of users, and primary                                         o Randy Ashton, Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare
      contact.                                                                              3                      o Dan Butzer, Sun Microsystems
                                                                                                                   Call Danube at 503.248.0800 for email and phone number contacts.
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113
114 Data and Security
      Do you support automated and manual backups?                                                                o Both automated and manual backups are possible, although the
                                                                                                                  technique varies depending on database platform used. Using
                                                                                                                  Hypersonic (the default, embedded database), backups can be
                                                                                           3                      created manually by an administrator, while automated backups can
                                                                                                                  be scheduled in a number of ways including programmatically. Other
                                                                                                                  databases can be backed up per the vendor’s guidelines.
115
      Are client-server communications encrypted with SSL?                                                        ScrumWorks Pro can be configured to use SSL.
                                                                                           3
116
      Do you support encrypted enterprise directory authentication such as                                        ScrumWorks Pro can be configured to support encrypted directory
                                                                                           3
117 LDAPS?                                                                                                        authentication such as LDAPS.
      Do you offer a technology escrow option in case adversity befalls your                                      Danube offers an option to join our Iron Mountain technology escrow
      organization?                                                                                               as a third party beneficiary.
                                                                                           3

118
      How is programmatic access to the data provided in your tool?                                               ScrumWorks Pro comes with an extensive and documented Web
                                                                                           3
119                                                                                                               Services API.
      Does the tool have a web services API for data access and integration                                       The ScrumWorks Pro Web Services API uses the SOAP protocol. All
      purposes? Please describe the scope of the API.                                                             data access is encouraged through the SOAP API. All common
                                                                                           3                      functions are available through the SOAP API and integration with
                                                                                                                  external tools or databases is possible via the SOAP API. All API
120                                                                                                               methods are documented.
      If your tool is remotely hosted, please provide a detailed outage history.                                  Not Applicable. ScrumWorks Pro installs on-premise.

                                                                                           3

121
      If your tool is remotely hosted, please provide uptime SLA.                                                 Not Applicable. ScrumWorks Pro installs on-premise.
                                                                                           3
122
      If your tool is remotely hosted, how often do you have scheduled maintenance                                Not Applicable. ScrumWorks Pro installs on-premise.
                                                                                           3
123 downtimes?
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127 Support
      Describe your technical support options.                                                                Technical support is offered via email and forums during normal
                                                                                                              business hours. Currently, Danube does not offer on-call telephone
                                                                                       3                      support. However, if necessary, Danube will escalate support to
                                                                                                              include scheduled telephone support.
128
      How many times per year do you release?                                                                 Historically, Danube has averaged three major features releases per
                                                                                       3                      year with minor updates and patches only issued as necessary.
129
      Can customers choose when to upgrade?                                                                   Because ScrumWorks Pro is an on-premise, local installation,
                                                                                       3                      customers have total control over upgrades to new releases.
130                                                                                                           Upgrades are never forced.
      Does the tool offer an in-depth, online product manual?                                                 ScrumWorks Pro comes with extensive product documentation
                                                                                                              covering everything from installation and upgrades, product use, and
                                                                                       3
                                                                                                              even process tips and suggestions.
131
      Is documentation built into the tool?                                                                   Documentation is bundled with the software so there is no need to
                                                                                       3
132                                                                                                           visit an external web site to obtain information.
      Can technical support be accessed directly through the tool?                                            The Help > Contact Support menu option allows users to submit
                                                                                       3                      critical debugging information with support requests automatically.
133
      What percentage of features released were originally requested by users?                                ScrumWorks is entirely feedback-driven. While certain features
                                                                                       3                      originated with Danube, enhancements and changes are entirely
134                                                                                                           customer-driven.
      What is the process for requesting features?                                                            Danube offers a public forum for requesting features as well as
                                                                                                              commenting on existing requests. Danube takes user feedback
                                                                                       3                      seriously and develops new features according to request popularity.

135
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                                           ScrumWorks Pro       Other Vendor
                        Vendor criteria
 Vendor Viability and Market Leadership                 2.8                   0.0
   Agile Expertise & Coaching Services                  3.0        #DIV/0!

                   Total Vendor Score                   5.8        #DIV/0!



                       Product criteria
             Platform and Deployment                    3.0        #DIV/0!
                    Licensing and Cost                  3.0        #DIV/0!
                    Product Evaluation                  3.0        #DIV/0!
        Agile and Scrum Compatibility                   3.0        #DIV/0!
       Release Planning and Tracking                    3.0        #DIV/0!
                              Usability                 3.0        #DIV/0!
Team Communication and Collaboration                    3.0        #DIV/0!
                             Reporting                  3.0        #DIV/0!
            Installation/Administration                 3.0        #DIV/0!
                               Training                 3.0        #DIV/0!
                  Enterprise Scalability                3.0        #DIV/0!
                     Data and Security                  3.0        #DIV/0!
                               Support                  3.0        #DIV/0!
                 Total Product Score                   39.0             #DIV/0!

                           Total Score                 44.8               #DIV/0!




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