Cards Can Now Be Assigned To Multiple Users

Posted on October 12th, 2011 in News & Updates by siddharta || 2 Comments

Over the last year we have gotten various feedback on the need to be able to assign a card to more than one user. In response to that request we had come up with the pair programming plugin for the Scrum and Kanban Boards. However this too did not satisfy a subset of our users who wanted more functionality. A typical case is when you are part of a cross functional team and a card would require to be worked on by atleast two or three people (lets say an analyst, a designer and a programmer, etc). It was hard for the Pair Programming plugin to support such scenarios and it was even harder to track user capacities with it.

So today, we take honour in introducing a new enhancement to ToolsForAgile.com, that will address this problem. We bring today, full and complete support for multi-user card assigns. You can from now on be able to assign a card to more than one team member, and the associated estimate and other card parameters will be shared by all  assigned team members.

Assigning to multiple users will also be a breeze. The Edit and Add Card Dialogs will have a much more intuitive select box from which you can select and deselect team members as you deem fit.

We would at this juncture like to point out to you that our old Pair Programming Plugin will be discontinued in favour of this new feature. We have ensured that your pair programming data have been migrated into the current enhancement. Here is hoping that this feature provides you with much more flexibility in project management, and much more accurate reports and data.

Do let us know if you like the feature. you can reach us at contact@silverstripesoftware.com

Tools For Agile Tip: Capturing the whole screen

Posted on October 6th, 2011 in News & Updates by siddharta || No Comment

If you create large kanban boards or user story maps, then you’ve probably felt the need to sometimes take a screen capture of the whole board or map. Perhaps you want to email it to someone outside the tool. Or maybe you want to archive it somewhere.

The problem is that if you try to use the print screen feature, you’ll only capture a part of the content.

Fortunately, simple solutions exist in the form of browser add-ons. These add-ons support capturing the whole page, including the parts which are not visible on the screen. Here are three free extensions:

Firefox: ScreenGrab! for Firefox is a nifty add-on that saves the whole page as an image. You can save the whole page, or just the visible portion, or you can select the parts to save.

Google Chrome: Screen Capture is Google’s own free extension that allows you to save the whole page.

Internet Explorer: IE Screenshot Free allows you to capture the whole page and save it as a bitmap file.

Now you can easily save your whole story maps and kanban boards and create images like the ones below

Enjoy! :)

Silver Stories Launch Discounts

Posted on September 26th, 2011 in News & Updates by siddharta || No Comment

Silver Stories has been in beta for a while now. It’s now time to take it out of beta. Silver Stories will be out of beta from Monday, Oct 3.

What is Silver Stories?

Silver Stories is a tool for creating and visualising story maps. Story maps allow product and stakeholder teams to understand the scope of a project and the current progress against that scope. It allows projects with multiple teams to coordinate together better and improves communication and collaboration across multiple teams and stakeholders. Click here for more about Silver Stories.

Silver Stories Pricing

Silver Stories will follow the integrated pricing model of Silver Catalyst. Just like Silver Catalyst, it will not be priced per-user, but instead one credit per-story map board.

We have a handy price comparison calculator available to compare the per-board pricing model of Silver Stories with the per-user model used in most other tools.

Sign up for launch discounts

We will be distributing a launch discount code valid for one month. This code can be used with both Silver Stories as well as Silver Catalyst. To get this code, sign up for a trial before Oct 3.

Archived Boards and Story Maps are now hidden

Posted on August 29th, 2011 in News & Updates by siddharta || 3 Comments

The Archived widget on the home page is a quick feature release following on from the My Cards widget from last week. This widget on the home page displays all the archived boards and story maps. These archived boards and story maps are no longer displayed on the main section of the home page.

Previously, all boards and story maps were visible on the main section of the home page, and archived boards and maps were tagged with the “Archived” label. However, for workspace with a large number of archived boards, the home page quickly became cluttered.

With this feature, the home page returns to its clean look by taking the archived boards out of the main area and into the archived widget.

“My Cards” Widget on the Homepage

Posted on August 25th, 2011 in News & Updates by siddharta || No Comment

Do you have team members who are involved in multiple boards across the workspace? Do they find it difficult to manage the different cards that they are working on across different boards? Then take a look at the new My Cards widget in Tools For Agile.

My Cards Widget

The My Cards widget is shown on the homepage of the workspace. It lists all the cards that are assigned to you across multiple boards. Clicking the ID link takes you to the detailed feature page for that card, which contains more details, comments and other card information. Next to each board name is the dashboard icon, which takes you straight to the board.

This has been one of our most requested features. With this new feature, it becomes much easier for team members to get an overall view of their work. Do use it and tell us what you think :)

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