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Category: Productivity (87 posts) Page 5 of 9

Emanuel Petre
Productivity

A Commitment is Not a Guarantee

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If your team uses Scrum as a development process, the team decides which of the next most important items it can complete by the end of the iteration. However, this “commitment” is often used to hold the team accountable for the amount of work that will be shipped by the end of the sprint. Holding your team accountable for failing to deliver on their engagements is counterproductive and will act as a regime of terror. This is no small issue, and Scrum now suggests using the word forecast instead of commitment. Read more...

Lisa Crispin
Productivity

Tracking Multiple, Related Projects

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Pivotal Tracker was originally created in the days when agile teams and their products tended to be small. All these years later, those teams have grown, and larger companies have adopted agile values, principles, and practices. Managing multiple projects, often among multiple teams, brings a new set of challenges. Read more...

Nathan Swain
Productivity

Getting the Most Out of Tracker with Team Strength and Velocity Override

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Being that we’re all human, sometimes things happen that might disrupt a project’s “normal” flow: we get sick, we take a vacation, we put in extra hours to make a deadline, etc. When life happens, it’s good to reflect that in Tracker so we can depict the most accurate Velocity, and thus plan our iterations using the most true-to-life data possible. In Tracker, we do this by using a fun little feature called Team Strength (TS). Read more...

JoEllen Carter
Productivity

Workspaces FTW

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A workspace is a group of projects that you view all together on one page. Everything that you can do in an individual project—and then some—can be done in a workspace. You can estimate stories, plan iterations, attach documents, and accept or reject to your heart’s content. In addition to the basic stuff, workspaces give you some extra oomph to get through your day. On the Tracker team, we’ve been using workspaces for a while and now cannot imagine life without them. Here are a few ways we use workspaces every day. Read more...

Nathan Swain
Productivity

Working with Iterations in Tracker

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If you’re new to Tracker (or Agile in general), our methodology might seem a bit strange at first, especially when it comes to the behavior of Tracker’s iterations (i.e., sprints) and how your stories move through them. Hopefully this will serve to answer any questions related to this and get you on a path to tracking with confidence. Read more...

Lisa Crispin
Productivity

The Wonders of Workspaces

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Visibility is a wonderful thing. Making your team’s work transparent lets every stakeholder judge current status and progress at a glance. This transparency also reveals impediments—is one story blocked by another? Is something holding up progress? Are some activities turning into bottlenecks? Seeing a snapshot of a team’s current status and progress is also a conversation starter: “I have a question about this story—oh, I see that Joe, Debbie, and Mary are all working on it, I will ask them.” Read more...