Top 10 agile tools to improve team collaboration

Published on
May 4, 2023

As a dev team leader, you're always looking for ways to increase productivity and efficiency while keeping your team engaged and motivated. One of the most effective ways to achieve these goals is by using agile methodologies, which prioritize collaboration, iterative development, and continuous improvement. 

But to get the most out of agile, you need the right tools. In this blog post, we'll introduce you to 10 agile tools that can help you run successful sprints, conduct more efficient meetings, and track progress towards your goals with less grunt work. Whether you're a Senior Engineer, Tech Lead, Product Manager, or Scrum Master you'll find something useful in here!

Benefits of incorporating agile tools into your workflow

Agile and scrum tools have become increasingly popular among software development teams, and for good reason. Whether you're new to agile or a seasoned veteran, understanding the benefits of these tools can give you a  few key advantages.

Better team collaboration and communication

86% of employers cite a lack of collaboration for workplace failures. One of the biggest advantages of agile methodologies is that they promote collaboration and communication within teams. And with the right agile tools, you can take this collaboration to the next level. 

When your team members are able to communicate effectively, they can share ideas, work through problems more efficiently, and get things done faster. Plus, better collaboration can lead to stronger relationships between team members, which can boost morale and lead to more effective (happier!) teamwork in the long run.

Enhanced project visibility 

With the right agile tools, you have the ability to get a clear, up-to-date picture of your project's status at any given time. With a clear understanding of what each team member is working on and how their work fits into the bigger goal, you can better manage resources, identify potential issues before they become major problems, and make informed decisions about how to move forward.

Evaluating a team’s performance effectively

A lack of a solid process and procedure will hurt your team’s performance. The best agile tools provide processes that ensures team performance is not hindered by inefficiencies or communication breakdowns, making it easy to evaluate team performance. These features include detailed analytics and reports, which allow you to track metrics like task completion rates, sprint velocity, and team capacity. By analyzing these metrics, you can identify potential bottlenecks, track progress over time, and make data-driven decisions about how to optimize your team's performance.

By identifying areas where team members excel and areas where they may need additional support, you can tailor your training and development programs to ensure that your team is equipped with the skills they need to succeed.

Automating workflows and reducing repetitive tasks

Agile tools are designed to automate many of the repetitive tasks and workflows that are involved in managing a software development team. By automating these tasks, you can reduce the time and effort required to manage your team, freeing you up to focus on higher-level strategic work.

By automating workflows like task assignments, status updates, and progress tracking, you can eliminate many of the manual processes that can slow your team down and cause delays. Plus, automation can also help to improve the accuracy and consistency of your team's work. 

Collaboration and meeting tools

Collaboration and meeting tools are essential components of Agile methodologies. In Agile, team collaboration and communication are key to ensuring that everyone is aligned on project goals and progress, and that any issues or roadblocks are identified and addressed quickly. Here are some of the best collaboration and meeting tools to support your team's workflow.


Powered by GPT-4, Spinach empowers dev teams with actionable meeting summaries, ticket update recommendations, and stakeholder recaps. Whether you have a Scrum Master bogged down in manual tasks, or YOU are bogged down in manual tasks that a Scrum Master would typically perform, Spinach can help you clear a ton of painful work from your plate like note-taking, updating tickets, and coordinating meetings and follow ups.  

Like any other teammate, Spinach works in your existing tools. It integrates with popular tools like Slack, Jira, Zoom, and Google Meet to provide a seamless experience for teams, making it easier to manage workflows, track progress, and achieve project goals.

Spinach is designed for software development team leaders such as Senior Engineers, Senior Engineering Managers, Tech Leads, and Product Managers, who are responsible for overseeing the work of their teams and ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget. 

Key features and benefits

  • Get instant meeting summaries wherever you work (email, Slack, Notion, Confluence)
  • Your meeting summaries are tailored specifically for agile meetings like standup, sprint planning, retros, backlog grooming and stakeholder reviews
  • Suggests new Jira tickets based on your meeting discussion
  • Updates Jira tickets based on your meeting discussion
  • Equips your team with context for upcoming meetings so everyone is more prepared
  • Creates weekly progress reports for stakeholders

2. Google Meet

Google Meet is one of two apps that Google developed as a replacement for Google Hangouts, the other being Google Chat. It allows teams to host high-quality video meetings, share screens, and collaborate in real-time. With features like chat, live captions, and the ability to join meetings from anywhere, Google Meet is an excellent tool for teams who need to stay connected and productive while working remotely. 

Google Meet’s integration with Spinach allows users to facilitate standup meetings without having to share your screen - everything you need is rin one, single view With one click, everyone sees the same view directly in the call - eliminating the need to jump back and forth between screens.

Key features and benefits

  • Works in a browser, no download necessary
  • Live captions and AI-noise canceling
  • In-meeting whiteboard capabilities
  • Integrations 

3. Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows teams to connect and collaborate remotely. It is one of the most popular video conferencing platforms out there, especially in education. Zoom offers a range of features designed to facilitate collaboration, including video and audio conferencing, screen sharing, and recording capabilities. It can accommodate a substantial number of participants, making it ideal for larger teams.

Zoom also integrates with Spinach, and enables your team the ability to engage in daily standups seamlessly - all on one screen. 

Key features and benefits

  • Call recording and screen sharing
  • Audio transcription
  • Breakout rooms
  • Live captions

Project and task management tools

Project management tools play a critical role in Agile methodology. Agile is all about breaking down projects into smaller, more manageable tasks, and project management tools allow teams to organize and keep track of those tasks. These tools help ensure that everyone on the team is aware of what they need to do, when they need to do it, and what their teammates are working on. By providing a central location for task tracking and progress updates, project tracking tools enable greater collaboration and communication among team members. Here are some of the best Agile project management tools out there.

4. Jira

As a widely-used platform for Agile development, Jira supports a variety of agile techniques, including Kanban, Scrum, and user-specific methodologies. Plus, with features like agile boards, roadmaps, backlogs, reports, and app connectors and add-ons, the cloud-based platform has got everything you need to manage, plan, and track all your active agile software development projects from a single, unified location.

Jira also integrates with Spinach. This integration gives Agile teams better visibility on ticket statuses during standup meetings and allows teams to add Jira tickets to their check-ins in a single click. 

Key features and benefits

  • Scrum boards, Kanban boards, and agile reporting
  • Use a pre-built workflow or design your own custom solution
  • Roadmaps for long-term planning
  • Bug-tracking tool for issue management

5. Wrike

Wrike is another friendly Agile tool for project management. With its user-friendly interface, Wrike allows you to easily toggle between various visualization options like Kanban boards, drag-and-drop Gantt charts, and traditional workload views to prioritize your tasks. In addition to task lists, subtasks, schedules, and shared workflows, the platform also provides features like file sharing, real-time communication, and collaboration, making it a great tool for product managers or tech leads. 

Key features and benefits

  • Broad range of pricing plans to meet different-sized team needs
  • Time-tracking functionality and quick file sharing
  • Flexible templates for projects that favor time-saving

6. Asana

Asana is a versatile project management tool that streamlines teamwork across daily tasks and strategic initiatives. It enables you to unify all your work into one place, fostering collaboration and connection across teams, regardless of location. Whether you prefer lists, boards, calendars, or Gantt charts, Asana allows you to organize your work in a way that suits your needs.

Key features and benefits

  • Extensive integration and compatibility with other project management tools
  • Teams can invite guests into their digital workspace for better visibility
  • Customizable dashboards and rules to automate actions

7. ClickUp

For Agile teams that wish to keep everything from design to development in one simple location, ClickUp is a great option. It gathers all of your tasks, projects, and resources in one location and assists you in determining who is responsible for what. 

Key features and benefits

  • Many ways to view your tasks, including Kanban, Scrum, Gantt, and more
  • Pre-made project templates
  • Time tracking
  • Task dependencies

Communication tools

Agile methodology is all about collaboration and communication. It's essential that team members have a clear understanding of what their peers are working on, and that they are aligned on priorities and timelines. In order to achieve this, it's important to have the right communication tools in place.

8. Slack

Slack is a cloud-based instant messaging and collaboration tool that is designed to improve communication and collaboration within teams. It is an incredibly popular tool that is used by teams of all sizes and across a variety of industries. By integrating with Spinach, your team can get instant summaries from your standups and run asynchronous ones if needed. 

Key features and benefits

  • Create separate channels for different projects or discussions
  • Collaboration with other external organizations through Slack Connect
  • Voice and video calls with Huddles
  • Search functionality

9. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a reliable communication tool developed by a highly competitive software company, offering communication services for enterprises of any size. Teams has a familiar Windows-style interface and supports teams with real-time communication and threaded conversations for past and current data. It offers a comprehensive set of features including video conferencing, instant messaging, threaded conversations, file sharing, and screen sharing, making it a one-stop-shop for all your team communication and collaboration needs.

Key features and benefits

  • Included in existing Microsoft 365 subscription plans
  • Channels and chat functionality
  • Customizable interface 
  • Built-in audio calls and video chats

10. Chanty

Chanty is a team communication software that is focused on task management, and offers simple and efficient features that enable you to keep projects organized. 

Along with managing your projects, you can turn messages directly into tasks and have the ability to share your screen or files. You can set reminders and priorities so that employees are aware of their tasks in a more consistent manner. With the ability to assign tasks to specific individuals with clearly defined parameters and requirements, using Chanty can enhance team accountability and enable businesses to track their progress.

Key features and benefits

  • Teambook feature organizes all your team communications 
  • Free unlimited searchable message history
  • Built-in task manager
  • Audio calls and video conferences

Take your standups to the next level with Spinach

Effective communication is crucial for Agile teams, and the right communication tools can make all the difference. With the right Agile tools, you can streamline collaboration and keep your team connected. And with Spinach, you can take your standups to the next level, making them more efficient and effective than ever before.

Spinach is the ultimate AI Scrum Master and tool for Agile teams. With integrations for Slack, Microsoft Teams, Jira, Zoom, and Google Meet, Spinach makes it easy for teams to collaborate, communicate, and achieve their goals. So why wait? Try Spinach today and take your team's productivity to the next level!

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