Before you start with using IBM® Rational® Team Concert™ for scrum planning, make sure that you have a thorough understanding of the scrum basics and that you understand terms such as Product Backlog, Story Points, and so forth. There is a short introduction to scrum project management at the beginning of an earlier article.
The breadth of IBM® Rational Team Concert™ collaboration capabilities can make it challenging to quickly understand it and make the most of it. This series of tutorials helps newcomers to Rational Team Concert to quickly become productive in using it to enhance their team's capabilities.
For quite some time, scrum teams have been using Rational Team Concert for planning and tracking their work. It provides several UI options that they can use to their discretion. For example, developers might prefer rich clients, such as Eclipse or Microsoft® Visual Studio. Many other stakeholders do not want to install additional software on their systems, so they prefer web interfaces. With Version 2, the IBM® Rational® Jazz™ and Rational Team Concert teams have delivered dramatic improvements to their web interfaces so that it now provides all of features that you need for your daily work. The Eclipse interface is described in an earlier article in this series.
This tutorial provides up-to-date instructions on how to create and manage a scrum project by using only the Rational Team Concert web interface, rather than the Eclipse version.
To fully follow all steps of this tutorial, you need a Jazz server, Version 22.214.171.124, with Rational Team Concert capabilities installed. For some steps, you also need administrative rights for this server. For details, see jazz.net.
This tutorial uses Rational Team Concert V126.96.36.199 Standard Edition package downloaded from jazz.net and installed on a local system by using the standard configuration with Apache Tomcat application server and an Apache Derby database. You must have a server license and at least seven developer licenses installed, and you also need full administrative rights to perform all of the steps described. Your Jazz server must be on suffix level 2 (for example, 188.8.131.52), too, and you must use the scrum template provided with Rational Team Concert 184.108.40.206. If you use an earlier version of Rational Team Concert, some things will look different or might not be available.
To follow this tutorial, you may use the Express-C download of Rational Team Concert which includes everything that you need, including 10 free developer licenses and easy-to-follow instructions for completing the server and client installations. The wiki on jazz.net shows a compatibility matrix that illustrates which client software can be used with a certain IBM® Rational® Jazz™ Team Server version.