Achieve goals with distributed agile teams
Face-to-face meetings make the Agile planning process easier, but if your team is dispersed, RealtimeBoard is here to help. Just like a real whiteboard, RealtimeBoard suits any steps of the agile workflow from ideation to retrospective.
Using RealtimeBoard for agile meetings, you will save time applying features customized for agile teams, pre-made templates, and will break the boundaries that confine managing remote teams online and in real-time, keeping the whole story of your project safe in the cloud.
Let’s have a look what RealtimeBoard’s features can help you with agile planning.
Product Backlog is made up of user stories. One of the most popular ways to define them is a Role-Feature-Benefit template which requires fulfilling the following sentences: "As a … I want … so that … ".
If you already have your backlog, you can immediately add it to the board in stickers by:
- copying cells from the spreadsheet and pasting them to the board;
- choosing a bulk creation feature in the Sticker tool.
Import spreadsheets as sticky notes
Link tool in action
If your backlog takes an endless space on the board, use text search feature to find objects by keywords.
You have two primary ways to start the discussion in RealtimeBoard:
- @mention teammates in comments, pinning it to each task separately;
- RealtimeBoard chat or video chat.
@Mention tool in action
When your Product Backlog is full, it’s ready for features grooming and prioritization. We offer to set up specific coding for items, which will be valid for each sprint. RealtimeBoard allows you to separate stickers by:
- size, shape, and color;
- clusters, using Frames tool.
Here is a Scrum workflow separated with Frames tool
User Story Mapping
Prioritized stories usually look like a map — a User Story Map. You can take RealtimeBoard pre-made template, any specific user mapping tools or old-school whiteboard if the team is located in one office.
After User Story Mapping, the team is ready to assess what tasks can be accomplished during the upcoming sprint, creating a Sprint Backlog.
It’s a common situation when a big task is broken into smaller pieces to make the process more iterative. Use the RealtimeBoard Lines tool as links to track related tasks.
After the Sprint Backlog is set, the teams are moving to their Agile boards.
To Do - In Progress - Done columns are not canonic, and usually, teams expand In Process section according to their needs (e.g. Development, Testing, etc.).
If your team is equipped with the remote workforce, use RealtimeBoard to make them virtually present on the board. You can find Agile board template located in the Templates section. Chat and video chat features can help with remote daily meetings.
There are strict regulations about moving objects on Agile board. Specify access rights for individual users by choosing them in the Share menu.
Setting up access rights for previously added collaborators
Notify your teammates about the changes you’re making by @mentioning them in a comment or chat.
The final step in Agile circle (actually in Scrum) is Retrospective when the team analyzes the sprint in order to find options for improvement.
Honestly, we do not know any specific online tool suitable for remote retrospectives, so we offer to use RealtimeBoard template, located in the Templates section (click on the blue Insert button, then on Choose a template area. You will see a window with six templates categories. Retrospective is located in the Agile category. Double click on the template to add it on the board).
Quick retrospective template
- The story of Certified Scrum Master Ron Lichty, who uses RealtimeBoard for story sizing.