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What are the very basic things you would want to see in a Scrum application?
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Not all the bells and whistles like Jira etc. but something very basic that does the job.
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With all those letter after my name, yet, I am not very sure I fully understand your question. Can you ellaborate more Sante ? :D
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lol ok, apps like Jira have pretty much all the features like a product backlog, you can add epics, stories, tasks, features, bugs, there are information radiators like burndown charts, cumulative flow diagrams, there's an Agile board of sorts where you can create a process flow of the user stories in progress etc. and a bunch of other things. But it is also very heavy because it was originally an issue tracking app (still is) and this legacy is still in the app's features and look and feel. So I was wondering if someone were to build a Scrum app from the very start, that teams could use in their projects, and it was online, what would that look like?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Mar 08, 2018 10:23 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Got it, I think Andrew did not leave any room for me to contribute but I am curious to know something: Do you believe one app can do it all ?
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Thanks for clarifying.

This is a huge question. Simplicity, clean UI, open API's for integration, mobile friendly, touch screen friendly, and scalable for different types of use-cases based on what is being used (SAFe, Scaled Scrum, Scrum, etc.)

As a SM, I want ... just kidding

Definitely an easy method of creating stories
Stories are not visible on backlog until READY
Drag 'n drop to Sprint from backlog (like JIRA)
Simple method to modify kanban columns (workflow)
Discussion at all levels; Epic, Sprint, Story - with @mentions
Integrate with LDAP or AD
Simple permission allocation (defined roles - like JIRA)
Metrics/Reporting - export capability
Some traceability with ACT's and Issue tracking
Integration with WebEx/GTM for easily scheduling/starting meetings with the team
Able to create team level dashboards and expose to leadership
Full ALM, integrated with development environments and version control (git) to simplify issue tracing
etc....

Much of this is in JIRA, if not all. Atlassian really has been doing a lot of work to improve its suite of products with JIRA, GIT, Confluence and the wealth of add-ons for JIRA to integration and tools like Program Boards.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Mar 08, 2018 4:47 PM
Sante Vergini
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Great list Andrew, there are some things I didn't think of. I like making non-ready stories invisible; perhaps a toggle switch.
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Sante -

The challenge with not allowing some flexibility and scalability is that unless a team keeps their practices static (which is against the principles of inspection & adaptation), their use of such tools will evolve. For example, some teams might start with sprints & scrum boards but move to Kanban.

What would be good is a tool which supported capturing traceability from vision to roadmap to themes/epics/stories and had built-in support for common prioritization and sizing approaches (e.g. MoSCoW, WSJF, T-shirt, Estimating Poker).

Kiron
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Mar 08, 2018 4:51 PM
Sante Vergini
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Thanks Kiron, I saw some apps have something along the lines of a roadmap, but not sure about the traceability from vision to roadmap to release. Good points.
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Mar 08, 2018 3:51 AM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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lol ok, apps like Jira have pretty much all the features like a product backlog, you can add epics, stories, tasks, features, bugs, there are information radiators like burndown charts, cumulative flow diagrams, there's an Agile board of sorts where you can create a process flow of the user stories in progress etc. and a bunch of other things. But it is also very heavy because it was originally an issue tracking app (still is) and this legacy is still in the app's features and look and feel. So I was wondering if someone were to build a Scrum app from the very start, that teams could use in their projects, and it was online, what would that look like?
Got it, I think Andrew did not leave any room for me to contribute but I am curious to know something: Do you believe one app can do it all ?
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3 replies by Andrew Craig, Kiron Bondale, and Sante Vergini
Mar 08, 2018 10:38 AM
Kiron Bondale
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One Tool to rule them all, One Tool to find them (stories), One Tool to bring them all, and in the agile chaos bind them
Mar 08, 2018 11:00 AM
Andrew Craig
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One of the benefits of Atlassian's JIRA. The add-ons available for organizations to piece-meal a solution to suit their needs.
Mar 08, 2018 4:52 PM
Sante Vergini
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Ah that's the holy grail Rami. I think any great (lightweight) Scrum app will still need to include options for things like Kanban Boards etc like Kiron mentioned.
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Mar 08, 2018 10:23 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Got it, I think Andrew did not leave any room for me to contribute but I am curious to know something: Do you believe one app can do it all ?
One Tool to rule them all, One Tool to find them (stories), One Tool to bring them all, and in the agile chaos bind them
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Mar 08, 2018 10:23 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Got it, I think Andrew did not leave any room for me to contribute but I am curious to know something: Do you believe one app can do it all ?
One of the benefits of Atlassian's JIRA. The add-ons available for organizations to piece-meal a solution to suit their needs.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Mar 08, 2018 4:53 PM
Sante Vergini
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Add-ons and integration with other apps is certainly an important feature for its viability as a Scrum app.
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Mar 08, 2018 6:26 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Thanks for clarifying.

This is a huge question. Simplicity, clean UI, open API's for integration, mobile friendly, touch screen friendly, and scalable for different types of use-cases based on what is being used (SAFe, Scaled Scrum, Scrum, etc.)

As a SM, I want ... just kidding

Definitely an easy method of creating stories
Stories are not visible on backlog until READY
Drag 'n drop to Sprint from backlog (like JIRA)
Simple method to modify kanban columns (workflow)
Discussion at all levels; Epic, Sprint, Story - with @mentions
Integrate with LDAP or AD
Simple permission allocation (defined roles - like JIRA)
Metrics/Reporting - export capability
Some traceability with ACT's and Issue tracking
Integration with WebEx/GTM for easily scheduling/starting meetings with the team
Able to create team level dashboards and expose to leadership
Full ALM, integrated with development environments and version control (git) to simplify issue tracing
etc....

Much of this is in JIRA, if not all. Atlassian really has been doing a lot of work to improve its suite of products with JIRA, GIT, Confluence and the wealth of add-ons for JIRA to integration and tools like Program Boards.
Great list Andrew, there are some things I didn't think of. I like making non-ready stories invisible; perhaps a toggle switch.
Network:11257



Mar 08, 2018 6:35 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Sante -

The challenge with not allowing some flexibility and scalability is that unless a team keeps their practices static (which is against the principles of inspection & adaptation), their use of such tools will evolve. For example, some teams might start with sprints & scrum boards but move to Kanban.

What would be good is a tool which supported capturing traceability from vision to roadmap to themes/epics/stories and had built-in support for common prioritization and sizing approaches (e.g. MoSCoW, WSJF, T-shirt, Estimating Poker).

Kiron
Thanks Kiron, I saw some apps have something along the lines of a roadmap, but not sure about the traceability from vision to roadmap to release. Good points.
Network:11257



Mar 08, 2018 10:23 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Got it, I think Andrew did not leave any room for me to contribute but I am curious to know something: Do you believe one app can do it all ?
Ah that's the holy grail Rami. I think any great (lightweight) Scrum app will still need to include options for things like Kanban Boards etc like Kiron mentioned.
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