If you haven’t had a chance to get on over to to the Visual Management blog, get yourself over there. Xavier does a fantastic job of outlining how to make some killer Scrum task boards.
Physical task boards just make sense. The ease of visually seeing work go through the process allows teams to collaborate and speak to issues as they arise. Also, a daily standup in front of the task board makes your daily Scrums flow much nicer.
We review a ton of Agile tools. But even so, we’re still huge advocates of a physical wall.
Mike McGarr recently posted a fair article on the synthesis between a physical and virtual wall. It’s worth a read for those that know a bunch about JIRA and how to use this tool in conjunction with a physical wall.
Having used JIRA pretty extensively, I’m not fully convinced that Mike’s methodology is the best, but if it works for them, then that’s absolutely fantastic. Agile isn’t about fitting your organization to a method. It’s about fitting what makes sense to your environment. Mike’s team is using JIRA and a physical wall with success, so that’s win-win!
I’d like to know how others manage the virtual and physical wall. What works and what doesn’t?
Below is a TED topic by Tom Wujec about how the brain understands visual processes. Worth a look. I think the video enforces the value of a physical wall, or, at least can be a discussion topic and conversation starter.