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Lighweight command line tool for agile project management

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Lightweight command line tool for agile project management.


To install the jicagile package.

pip install jicagile

Or install it from source.

git clone
cd jicagile
python install


The package comes with a command line utility named agl. When you run the agl command it assumes that you are in a directory where you want to store your agile project management files.

The command below creates a task with the title "Learn how to use agl cmd line" of size 3. The available story point sizes are 1, 3, 5 and 8.

agl add "Learn how to use agl cmd line" 3

This will create a backlog directory and place a file named learn-how-to-use-agl-cmd-line.yml file in it. It will also create the directories current/{{todo,done}}.

To move the task to the current sprint.

mv backlog/learn-how-to-use-agl-cmd-line.yml current/todo

To mark the task as done.

mv current/todo/learn-how-to-use-agl-cmd-line.yml current/done

To add a task to the current “todo” list one can use the -c argument (mnemonic current).

agl add -c "Email friends about jicagile" 1

To list the content of the backlog.

agl list backlog/

The todo and done directories have aliases so you do not need to specify the full path to list their content.

agl list todo
agl list done

You can edit tasks using your favorite text editor or you can use the agl edit command. For example the command below increases the number of story points from one to five.

agl edit current/todo/email-friends-about-jicagile.yml --storypoints=5

You can add themes to your project.

agl theme add admin "Emails, forms, meetings, etc"
agl edit current/todo/email-friends-about-jicagile.yml --theme=admin

Themes are stored in a .themes.yml file.

You can specify a team as well by manually creating a .team.yml file in the agile project directory.

- lookup: TO
  first_name: Tjelvar
  last_name: Olsson
- lookup: MH
  first_name: Matthew
  last_name: Hartley

You can then associate a task with a primary contact. (This may not be very agile in that anyone is meant to pick up any task, but I find that it can be useful.)

agl add "Write report" 8 -p MH -e admin

In the above -p is the short hand for --primary-contact and -e is short hand for --theme.

Note that as the agl tool simply creates text files it can be used together with git. It can be quite satisfying to have the agile project management file under version control on GitHub.

Once you have had your sprint review meeting and all the relevant files have been moved to the current/done directory create a directory named past_sprints.

mkdir past_sprints

Then move and rename the current/done directory there with todays date using a year-month-day scheme.

mv current/todo past_sprints/2016-06-19

Release notes


  • Refactored and redesigned the command line interface
  • Improved test coverage
  • Added color to list output
  • Added ability to associate a task with a theme

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