JetBrains Ships YouTrack 4.0 Agile Dev Tool

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-06-29 Print this article Print

JetBrains announced the availability of YouTrack 4.0, a new version of its agile project management tool that supports both Scrum and Kanban.

JetBrains, the maker of developer productivity tools such as IntelliJ IDEA, has announced the availability of a new release of YouTrack, the company€™s issue-tracking and agile project management system.

YouTrack 4.0 introduces a new agile project management module that enables Scrum teams to plan and manage their work during a series of consecutive sprints, while teams that follow Kanban process can manage and measure their work flow on the board. Agile project management in YouTrack is flexible enough to adapt to mature Scrum or Kanban workflows, as well as to introduce new teams to these agile processes, JetBrains said. YouTrack 4.0 also enables teams to blend their favorite practices from either process.

JetBrains said YouTrack gained popularity due to its keyboard-oriented approach that enables search queries and command syntax, and customizable workflows and issue attributes.

"YouTrack doesn't impose any specific agile process on you, but helps you follow the core methodology guidelines and adapt them to your workflow," said Vadim Gurov, team lead for YouTrack, in a statement. "If you're new to agile, you can organize and visualize your process and get introduced to the main principles of each process. If you're an expert, you can easily adapt YouTrack to your workflow and mix-and-match the best practices of each process."

Key agile features of new YouTrack 4.0 include Scrum and Kanban boards, backlog management, burndown and cumulative flow charts, and the ability to support multiple projects on one board. Other key features in YouTrack 4.0 include custom notification templates, custom reordering of issues, subtasks support, management of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) keys, workflow compliance, and global and personal context.

YouTrack is available as a hosted in the cloud service, or a stand-alone Web application for download. Both options include a free version accommodating up to 10 users. YouTrack InCloud commercial plans start from $10 per month. YouTrack Stand-Alone packs start from $249 and include a one-year subscription for software upgrades.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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