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How to ease reluctant teams into Scrum using Scrumban

How do I get my team to do Scrum? It’s a question that we hear a lot, and the following is one potential answer from an excerpt of The Scrumban [R]Evolution – Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum and Lean Kanban by Ajay Reddy, one of the co-founders of ScrumDo Although Scrum (and Agile…

ScrumDo Updates Recap (August/September 2015)

A new release went out today with a few basic, but hopefully long-awaited changes mostly centered around quality-of-life type updates. Links – Before, if you added a link to a card and then came back later and clicked that link the experience was horrible. The card shifted into edit-mode, but at the same time your…

Getting started with Scrumban

This is an excerpt from The Scrumban [R]Evolution – Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum and Lean Kanban by Ajay Reddy, one of the co-founders of ScrumDo For more information, Chapter 5 of the book provides a detailed overview of one approach for introducing Scrumban to an organization or group of teams. The purpose…

Prioritizing your Work

Deciding what to work on next is one of the most important things you’ll need to do to successfully complete a project. ScrumDo has several tools to help make this easier. First, as you might be aware, you can estimate your cards in either points or hours. This represents the effort or the cost of…

Email integration improvements

Today, we released two new features to better integrate ScrumDo with your email. Creating Cards The first, is that you can now create new cards by sending an email to a specially crafted email address. You can find out all about that feature on it’s help article page. Replying to Notifications The second new feature…

Performance Update and new Due Date field

This weekend brought two sets of changes to ScrumDo Performance Updates We had two areas in ScrumDo that were causing our customers major trouble. The first, was the newsfeed for anyone who had a lot of news in their initial feed. The worst-case we saw was upwards of 20 seconds to load and render that…

This week’s release

We recently released a few changes to ScrumDo that I think will make some people very happy. Aging Reports We have a new set of three reports to help you understand how your long your cards stay in different states on your board. You can report by either a reporting profile, or by tags on…

Kiosk Mode in Agile Spaces

‘Agile spaces’ are open team work areas, usually without any physical barriers to promote collaboration. ‘Agile Spaces’ have been very effective for many ScrumDo customers in helping improve collaboration and real time information exchange. These spaces have a large information radiator in addition to whiteboard space, conferencing equipment and enough room where groups can work…

DDOS post-mortem

Today, shortly after noon (EST) ScrumDo experienced some intermittent slowness and even a few short spouts of downtime for some users. As we began to investigate the problem, we immediately noticed thousands of bogus HTTP requests per second coming from Chinese based IP addresses. Through a combination of spinning up additional app servers to handle…

Upcoming changes to epic tool

As promised here is sneak peak at some of the improvements in our new planning tool. A little background: The epics tool has been one of the most used tools in ScrumDo. ScrumDo allows epics to be decomposed into multiple levels, and affords ScrumDo users unparalleled flexibility in investigating and analyzing their work. Separately, we’ve…

Upcoming changes to story organization

As we mentioned in the previous blog post, we’re working on some big UI/UX improvements. One area that we’re tackling is how stories are organized and categorized. Right now we have categories and tags on Scrum based projects, and then we have categories, tags, and card types on ScrumBan based projects. It’s confusing to know…

Scrumban Board Layout Improvements

The first big change you’ll notice is that by default, your board will now resize vertically on it’s own. No more scrolling cells that make it hard to see everything at once. If you liked the scroll bars, there’s now an option on the edit board screen to switch back. Picking a compact list-view for…

Crafting an Improved User Experience

Over the past year, the ScrumDo team has worked to make ScrumDo more powerful, enhancing basic Scrum management by incorporating optional Kanban and Scrumban features. Our most recent efforts have been focused on enhancing user experience, making your interactions with the tool simpler and more intuitive. We anticipate rolling out the first of these changes…

Gain Valuable Insight from your Lead Time Histogram

Users that select Scrumban capabilities for their projects enable a range of new capabilities and features. Among these is the ability to define and calculate a variety of new metrics. Today we’ll chat a little bit about the significance of Lead Time. First, there are different types of Lead Times a team or organization may…

New Edit Window

We have released a change that significantly changes the edit and quick view windows. This change combines all the information you need to see about a story into a single dialog in a simple and easy to read format. The first thing you’ll notice is that the edit and quickview icons have been merged. If…

Zapier Beta

Over the past week, we’ve spent some time integrating with Zapier so that you can make ScrumDo work with over 300 other services. Zapier allows you to create conduits between applications called Zaps. We’re currently in a beta to make this as useful as possible – beta invite link. What can you do with it?…

Tasks on your Board

Today, we’ve released a new way to view your Scrum/Kanban Board by seeing the tasks as well as the stories. Time Boxed Projects If you have a time boxed project, first select the gear icon on your scrum board to open the config window, and select the “Task Board” option. After doing this, you will…

Organization Dashboard Changes

The organization dashboard, the page that you get immediately after logging in (and picking your organization if you have more than one) has gotten a significant facelift over the weekend. Our goals were: Provide more at-a-glance information across your projects Show you all the work currently assigned to you Provide a quicker way to navigate…

Blocked or Urgent stories

Sometimes, you need to draw attention to a particular story. Now, in ScrumDo when you apply a blocked or urgent tag, the story will be tinted red or yellow respectively. In the future, we’re planning on making this configurable so you can set up your own tags/colors, but we wanted to get this simple solution…

Time Estimates

In our most recent release, we have added the ability to track time estimates for stories or tasks. Each task and story has an hours:minutes field that you can fill out while creating or editing. This represents a time estimate for that story or task. The estimate for a story is in addition to the…