November 7, 2011

Collaborative Agile Task Board Boosts TestTrack

Helix ALM
Agile methodologies are all about speed and simplicity. In the early days of Agile, simplicity was represented in the form of 3 X 5 notecards, which were used to record user stories, tasks, and feature backlogs, among other things. Even today, most teams exploring Agile will start off with a whiteboard and stack of index cards. After the novelty wears off, and the team gets into the thick of a release, they start looking for software tools that can maintain the collaborative nature of the whiteboard while adding the ability to automate some work and also add collaboration with remote team members. To meet this need for teams using TestTrack, Seapine developed the Agile Task Board. The Task Board is a web-based solution for managing Agile artifacts within your existing TestTrack installation. Team members use their TestTrack login to access sprint and release data in a view that mimics the whiteboard and notecards that help to make Agile so collaborative. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="588" caption="TestTrack Agile Task Board"]Agile Task Board[/caption] The Agile Task Board is completely configurable, allowing your team to work in a more collaborative interface while maintaining the automation and traceability that you count on from TestTrack. The Task Board pulls your existing projects and associated folder structures, and displays them in a whiteboard or Kanban-like format. The right side of the screen is used to show project stages, which are based on your existing workflow rules in TestTrack. From this interface, team members can:
  • Get a quick view of project status, with color-coding based on artifact type or status.
  • Drill down into specific artifacts, such as user stories, tasks, or issues, to read details or make an update.
  • Drag/drop tasks along the project workflow during planning and project status sessions.
Because the Task Board sits on top of your existing TestTrack installation, updates in TestTrack are seen in real-time on the Task Board, and vice versa. This enables real-time collaboration with geographically dispersed teams, and ensures that updates from the rest of the organization filter up to the team immediately. The unique value of Seapine’s Agile Task Board is the simplicity of the whiteboard with TestTrack’s robust workflow, automation, and traceability functions working in the background. Instead of wasting time copying data from notecards or another online task board application, and hoping all of the data is accurate, you can bring the whiteboard to TestTrack. In the next post, I’ll discuss how you configure the Agile Task Board to present the team with information that is important to them. Interested in learning more? Email for more information and to schedule a short demonstration of the Agile Task Board.