Best Scrum practices for easy, transparent and correct agile project management.

Complex product backlog? What to work on as the next? Are sprints never fully completed? Is team overloaded? Not sure if sprint can be changed? What is blocked now? Too much work in progress? Is Kanban board updated? Will it be finished on time? Endless planning?

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BACKLOG MANAGEMENT

  • Product backlog as ordered list

  • Story templates

  • Prioritize by drag and drop
  • Group by type, color, member, business value, effort, MoSCoW, kano, theme, epic, state, impediment, readiness, tags, estimated time, sprint or release

  • Sort by id, title, priority, business value, effort, MoSCoW, kano, state, estimated time, sprint or release

  • Print colored cards for onsite planning sessions

  • Export backlog into Microsoft Excel CSV file

  • Advanced search

BACKLOG ITEMS

  • Multiple backlog item types

  • Epics, features and user stories

  • Technical story for non-business related development to solve technical debts

  • Defects management

  • Research type for exploratory work that us hard to estimate
  • Colors for item types

  • Item types defined based on agile coaching experience from 100+ agile teams

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STORY TEMPLATES – DEFINITION OF DONE

  • Quick creation of backlog item from story templates

  • Consistency of the backlog

  • Type, theme, epic, MoSCoW, business value, risk, kano, effort, formatted description, tags

  • Subtasks which are necessary to finish the item based on your Definition of Done

  • Estimated time for every subtask

  • New item created from the story template by drag and drop

  • Build your backlog fast & consistent

PLANNING

  • Release planning

  • Sprint planning

  • Start date, end date, goal, and description

  • Sprint status

  • Progress with BurnDown chart

  • Plan multiple iterations at once

  • Prioritize by drag and drop

  • Assign to release or sprint by drag and drop

  • Capacity indicators – plan enough for you team based on statistics from previous iterations

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WORK – KANBAN BOARD FOR DAILY LIFE

  • Scrumban style of the board. See backlog items and its subtasks at once.
  • Change status of task by drag and drop
  • Move task into other backlog item by drag and drop
  • Add new task by one click
  • See which tasks were not updated since yesterday
  • Group rows into swimlines
  • Manage and see the sprint backlog even it is not started yet.
  • Export tasks into Microsoft Excel file
  • Touch devices are supported as well. Use the board on LCD 🙂
  • Colors to distinguish different types of tasks
  • Assign by drag
  • See impediments
  • Track estimated, spent and remaining time
  • Find risky tasks that you will not be able to finish till end of the sprint. Or for other 8 reasons we see in real agile life.
  • See statistics in place
  • Customize workflow if you must. Not necessary, the default workflow is the best one anyway 🙂
  • Split, Clone, Move unfinished backlog item

ROLES

  • Company account administrator able to invite users, manage accounts and configure ScrumDesk

  • Project administrator invites team members into projects and manage everything project-related.

  • ScrumMaster who can track everything in case colleagues are on vacation.

  • Agile tips and process optimization tools for ScrumMasters

  • Product Owner manages product backlog & priorities

  • Team members break down backlog items into tasks, estimate them, track and comment them.

  • Free Guest account with read-only access

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REPORTS

  • Sprint Burn Down chart progress of backlog items, effort in storypoints, remaining time, number of subtasks, ideal line and total scope changes.
  • Release Burn Down chart progress of backlog items, effort in storypoints, remaining time, number of subtasks, ideal line.
  • Prediction of release end with help of velocity statistics. Minimum, laste 8 sprint and maximum velocity calculated.
  • Cumulative Flow Chart uncovering bottlenecks in your process.
  • Velocity chart indicating how much you are able to finish your commitments. Let your plans be more accurate.
  • Value chart to see how much business value you have added so far.
  • Complexity chart to validate your storypoints estimatiom ocparing to time. Improve accuracy of effort estimation.
  • Lead and cycle time

PRINTABLE DOCUMENTS

  • Sprint Report document containing summary of your sprint. What was planned, what was added, removed and done. Who worked on it, for how long. Check capacity of team members. See the progress with burndown chart. Save to PDF. Print it on a paper.
  • Timesheet document – who did what on which day, on which task and which backlog item. Not necessary for real agile teams, but taxes are taxes :(.
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MINOR, BUT IMPORTANT

  • Instant background synchronization
  • Attachments. From file, DropBox, or Google Drive.
  • Comments with @mentions. Notify your colleague to give you an answer!
  • All changes in one place
  • Worklog with progress indicator of real vs. estimated time
  • Capacity planner – let your team self-organize. Share how much time you will work on a sprint and self-assign enough tasks. You will never over-commit with ScrumDesk
  • Level effort of team members – compare who is more overloaded.
  • Did you find any problem? Contact our support via integrated support messenger.
  • Stay in touch with your team with emails or Slack notifications
  • Custom fields are there as well. Just in case you need them.
  • Impediment and waiting flags
  • JIRA user? Import your issues. We are very sure you will be more satisfied with ScrumDesk. Plus you will finally concentrate on your work, not on the tool!
  • Archive old release, sprints, and backlog items