How to communicate with your sprint team remotely
September 11, 2020
September 11, 2020
One thing all software teams are facing this year is learning the need to have software product management tools to keep their projects moving forward. For at least a while, gone are the days of everyone getting in a room for a daily stand up and the white board filled with stickies. While we all learn to evolve in the current climate, this means finding new ways for software development agile teams to track their features, their sprints and ensure they are moving forward with their product roadmap.
Replacing your whiteboard remotely
For sprint teams that were still using stickies and white boards, the first thing that is needed is to find a software product management tool that you can use specifically designed to help sprint teams manage and prioritize their backlog and sprints. Instead of teams standing around a white board, you will now get used to teams joining a Zoom or Hangout and sharing a screen which can show the features and sprints to speak to progress and blockers.
To really help agile sprint teams work remotely you need to first find a software platform that allows you to track your backlog. You should be able to define all of your features and have team communications around the feature within the platform to ensure you track the history of the story. Within the feature tracking, you need to be able to prioritize your backlog to be able to constantly groom into buckets such as product features you want to work on Now, Soon or Later. This will help when it comes time for sprint planning if you keep your backlog in shape at all times.
In addition to tracking your feature backlog you need a product management platform that will let you organize your features into product roadmaps that breakdown your features into sprint deliverables. Ideally for each sprint you can track a Kanban board so you can see within a given sprint the current status of each team and be used as the central point for updates. Think of the Kanban board in your agile product management tool as your whiteboard replacement where you can see the stories you are working on in a specific sprint and move the stickies across the board as your team finishes or begins work on them.
Agile Development needs Agile features to fit the SDLC
Obviously you need a tool that allows you to add team members so everyone in a given development group can gain access and update as needed. Additionally if you support more than one product you would need to be able to add products and track your features and roadmaps separately. The needs of an agile software team are very different than a waterfall software development life cycle for example so as a product team be sure to look over the feature and roadmap management solution to ensure it has what you need to replace your in person experience and help you work remotely and build out your software wherever your team is physically located.