Adding a Column Policy / Definition of Done to board columns

Posted on June 6th, 2013 in News & Updates by siddharta || 2 Comments

We just released a small new feature to the board functionality. You can now add a column policy or definition of done to a column, and it will show up on the board.

Just enter the details when configuring the board columns. Once you do that, an icon will appear on the board and you’ll be able to hover over it to see the column policy or definition of done.

Solving the “informal request” problem

Posted on April 14th, 2013 in Tools For Agile by siddharta || No Comment

One of the main reasons why Agile tool adoptions fail is not because of a lack of features or not enough reports, but something much simpler — “informal requests” that come in which never get tracked. This is not so much of an issue when you have a “strict” agile process where the product owner or equivalent is the only one through which all requests come in. But for many teams, requests come in to team members via email, via phone calls or even just someone going to a team member and making a request directly.

None of these informal requests ever get added to the backlog simply because it is too much of an effort for team members to open a browser, go to the server, log in, and fill up a form. As a result anywhere between 10%-30% of the actual work that team members do might not be tracked. Worse, it is sometimes unimportant work that ends up taking the time of a high priority task.

Compared to other tools, Tools For Agile makes it very simple to add cards to the backlog, but we can go a step further and make it braindead easy. Read on to see how.

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Ubiquitous Visualisation

Posted on April 12th, 2013 in Visual Management by siddharta || 2 Comments

One of the really nice things about putting a chart on the wall is the subconcious way in which everyone knows whats going on in the team. I already blogged about why visualisation is the key to being agile. I’ll just summarise that post here. Click the link if you want to read the whole post:

  • Donald Gray’s experiment on three leadership systems shows that in complex systems, decentralised decision making within a framework is superior to centralised decision making.
  • In order to make decisions, team members need to have, and understand, the current context in which they are working.
  • David McCandles’ TED talk shows how our brain has evolved to process visual information. We can easily understand a picture in under 100 milliseconds, while it takes a few seconds to get the answer to a mathematical calculation like 13 x 24 x 3.

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Two Level Scrum Estimation

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 in Scrum by siddharta || No Comment

Many Scrum teams use two levels of estimation: A relative estimation technique like Story Points for estimating features, and hourly estimates for tasks.

I’m often asked how such a system can be implemented in Tools For Agile.

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New Feature: Customise the properties shown on the card

Posted on April 20th, 2012 in News & Updates by siddharta || No Comment

Today’s release allows board owners to customise the properties shown on the card.

When you create a custom field, you can now choose whether the property value should be shown on the card in the board, the card in the backlog or not shown at all.

With this update, the you can customise the visualisation to show you the important properties you need for prioritising, or for execution when the card is on the board, or hide properties that contain information that you don’t want to visualise on the card (you can still see the full card property values in the card details page).

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