20 August 2014
Even though Mingle can support any way of working, we want to help teams get started quickly. And, since we see many teams following Scrum, we decided to give some needed love to our built-in Scrum template to make it even easier for Scrum teams to get working in Mingle right away.
Here’s an overview of our new Scrum template. You can use it to get started in a new project, or use it as inspiration and take elements from it to add to any of the boards in your own project.
Inspired by Scrum teams’ prevalent use of story maps, and Jeff Patton’s seminal post, The new user story backlog is a map, we’ve built in a map structure so you can start mapping your stories across a user journey.
On the “Story Map” tab, you’ll see that the columns are sorted by “Goals”, and the rows are sorted by “Features”. (Features are what will help you achieve your goals.) Within each quadrant, you can add the stories necessary to deliver the feature. And the stories are colored by priority so you can see which ones are the most important so you can achieve your most important goals first.
This is a simple list showing all of your not-yet-prioritized work. We’ve added columns to help you picture where these stories might land in your overall release plan. If you want to see more information in your backlog, feel free to add more columns or change to a grid view!
This view helps you plan releases by sprints and features. Assuming you’ll release feature-specific functionality with each release, you can plan how to complete that work over various sprints. You can also see how many points you’re planning for each sprint in the column header so you can better plan given your team’s velocity. The stories in this view are also colored by priority so you can see which ones are most important.
This board is to help you estimate stories for your sprints using the Fibonacci scale. (If your team uses a different scale like t-shirt sizes, you can change that in your project settings.) It is set to only show stories in your first sprint so you can focus on your current work.
You can set the estimate of a story by simply dragging it to the appropriate column. You’ll also notice that the rows are sorted by feature so your team can focus on estimating one feature at a time.
This is the board for your current sprint. It shows all of the stories, tasks, and bugs for your sprint along with their status. We’ve set-up a workflow for you (to do, in dev, testing, done), but feel free to change it to reflect your team’s process. In this view, we’ve colored by card type so you can quickly scan and see the different types of work.
This board is to help you capture any action items that come out of your team’s retrospectives. We’ve give retro actions their own status (different than that of stories, tasks, and bugs), but feel free to change it up! Team members can sign up for certain retro action items so your team can continually improve to work better together.
We’ve included four out-of-the-box reports with our new Scrum template to help you better visualize your progress:
You can always modify these charts or add more using Mingle’s powerful reporting.
Let us know what you think and if you have any questions adopting the new Scrum template as your own! Tweet us at @thatsmingle or simply click Speak with us (in Mingle’s footer) to send us your thoughts. Or, if you’d like to check out even more templates, take a look at our community site.