Managing blockers just got easier

Posted on April 15th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, News & Updates, Silver Catalyst by siddharta || No Comment

If you are working in multiple projects, then you know how complicated it is to track and clear blocking issues from multiple projects. It’s all to easy to get caught up in the details that you forget about some of the blockers. Two weeks later you remember that the blocker you were supposed to resolve is still there, clogging up the flow.

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Physical kanban boards integrated into the Tools For Agile suite

Posted on April 9th, 2011 in Kanban, Silver Catalyst by siddharta || No Comment

Managing SLAs and Fixed Date work items in Silver Catalyst

Posted on April 8th, 2011 in Kanban, Silver Catalyst by siddharta || No Comment

If you look through the features in your project, you’ll find some that fit the “Fixed Date” class of service. These are work items that need to be completed by a given date. Some examples are

  • A feature needs to be added in time to meet a regulatory deadline
  • A feature needs to be shown at an upcoming conference

In these cases, there is a big cost if the feature is not ready by the given date.

Another instance where this is used is in Service Level Agreements. Teams that work under SLAs have to complete features within the timeframe prescribed in the SLA, and there could be penalties if the timeframe is not met. This scenario is particularly common with teams that use Kanban on managing maintenance and support projects.

In this screencast, I show how easy it is to manage SLAs and Fixed Date work items in Silver Catalyst. Take a look below

Project Management vs Project Intelligence

Posted on March 26th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean, presentation, Silver Catalyst, Silver Stories, Tool, Tools For Agile by siddharta || No Comment

A lot of emphasis in software development process is placed on project management – making a commitment, planning, and tracking everything so you ensure you don’t drift away from the plan. Funnily enough, many agile projects have also ended up with this ‘form’ of project management.

And don’t get me wrong, it is important not to screw up!

But, in the worry not to screw up, are we losing sight of the opportunity to get better? Do we understand what we are building? Do we know where our bottlenecks are? Are we best aligned to business needs?

So here we go – the showdown between Project Management and Project Intelligence:

Demo: Enterprise Kanban with Silver Stories

Posted on March 9th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean, Silver Stories, Tool by siddharta || 1 Comment

One of the core goals of Enterprise Kanban is to effectively link business with development teams, and to do this across multiple teams, stakeholders and initiatives. This alignment is hard to do, and that is where bigger picture techniques come into play. Some of these techniques are

Silver Stories is a product and portfolio management tool that enables you to apply these higher level concepts across multiple scrum or kanban teams.

Webinar

For this month’s webinar, we are going to do a free, early access demo that shows these concepts in action. Register for the Silver Stories demo here. The demo is on Wednesday, 23rd March at 10:30 PM IST (see time in other timezones)

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