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There’s an app for just about everything these days, including developer productivity. Some of them have been created by tool providers, while others have been built by consultants or individuals.
Given the niche market for these apps, there are not a lot of them compared to other categories, leaving much room for innovation. Those that currently exist tend to focus on agile project management or project estimation via electronic Planning Poker (a.k.a. Scrum Poker) cards. Some of the project-management apps are tied to more sophisticated cloud applications, while others are relatively simple, standalone apps. The card decks are simple utilities.
This article describes 10 of the most popular free and paid apps you can download from the Apple App Store for iPads and iPhones.
Apps for Both iPad and iPhone
Pivotal Tracker for iOS
, by Pivotal LabsCost:
Free Requires iOS 5.0 or later4.5 stars, 119 ratings
This app is the most popular iPhone and iPad app for software-development productivity, according to the App Store’s rankings. It was developed by agile consulting firm Pivotal Labs as an extension of its Pivotal Tracker agile project-management website.
The iOS UI is similar to the Pivotal Tracker website dashboard, so users can get familiar access to the status of a project, plan a release, and view the stories they own.
Pivotal Tracker can be used to plan an iteration simply by creating stories, which is as easy as clicking on an icon and entering such information as the name, difficulty estimate, owner and description. Created stories show up in the icebox and can be moved on the iPad version by clicking on the start button. The iPhone version does not allow the user to change the story’s status until it has been moved out of the icebox, however, which one user complained about.
Another worthy criticism is that current items should appear as separate in a Current Items column like on the Web version, rather than being included as backlog items. The iPad version provides single-touch status updates via status buttons next to the story description. Using the iPhone version, the user must tap on the story, scroll down to the status and then change it. Like the Pivotal Tracker website, stories can be filtered or searched for by keyword. The app also includes a My Work panel of stories requiring the user’s attention.
User reviewers generally love the app because it is easy to use and is a solid project-management tool.
In addition to providing online access to projects, Pivotal Tracker for iOS stores a complete copy of a project so it can be read offline. That way, the user can switch panels or search for a story without having to reload the project from a server. Syncing is accomplished with a single screen tap.
Pivotal Tracker was last updated Nov. 10, 2012, to include bug fixes and improvements.