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Nureva adds agile canvas templates including a Scrum@Scale™ heat map to Span™ Workspace

Posted by Shari-Lynn Sare on Feb 25, 2020 1:00:00 AM

Seven ready-to-use canvases save prep time, making new users immediately productive

Calgary, Alberta --- February 25, 2020 --- Nureva Inc., an award-winning collaboration-solutions company, announces that it has added new agile canvas templates to Span Workspace, including a heat map developed by Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum and founder of Scrum Inc. and Scrum@Scale. These ready-to-use canvases will save scrum masters and agile coaches prep time when working on common, recurring agile activities, such as user story mapping, backlog refinement, sprint planning, retrospectives and more. They’ll have access to helpful tools to manage day-to-day work, such as a scrum board and a Kanban board. There’s also a Span Workspace introduction canvas to help new users get started, including instructions on how to set Jira® Software integration.

Span Workspace helps agile teams keep their activities focused and collaborative by allowing everyone to visualize and contribute to a Span canvas in real time using digital sticky notes, sketches, built-in templates and images from their personal devices and shared displays. The new templates provide a canvas for every ceremony and accelerate recurring activities. Scrum masters can quickly create user personas, organize the product backlog, take advantage of a color-coded scrum board and Kanban board to quickly visualize the team’s progress and help everyone achieve flow. Using the Scrum@Scale heat map, team members can share how well they think their organization is doing in categories such as prioritization, strategic vision and more. Because Span Workspace is a cloud-based platform designed for real-time teamwork, it also allows distributed agile teams to work together in a shared digital space. Distributed participants can quickly contribute to every sprint planning session, stand-up meeting and retrospective as if they were together in the same room, without compromising teamwork or the agile process. This greatly accelerates the process and overcomes many of the challenges associated with distributed agile teams.

“Span Workspace’s user base is growing rapidly, and these agile canvas templates will help new and seasoned users streamline recurring agile activities and get products to market faster,” said Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO. “We are also thrilled to offer practitioners Scrum@Scale’s heat map, which will help them quickly assess the health of their agile organization in preparation for scaling Scrum.”


Canvas templates and tips

The new canvas templates and tools can be used in the following ways.

User story mapping

Users can access tools and templates to create user personas, develop better user stories and add those stories to a product backlog.

Backlog refinement

Users can organize their product backlog with help from the agile prioritization matrix and other visualization tools.

Sprint planning

Users can access the QuickShare feature to quickly estimate user stories and then add them to a sprint planning chart that will map your stories from discovery to done.

Scrum board

Users can take advantage of a color-coded scrum board to quickly visualize their team’s progress through a sprint.

Kanban board

Users can set WIP limits on a color-coded Kanban board that will help everyone on their team achieve flow.


Users can quickly and anonymously gather input from their team about what went well, improvements needed and action items.

Scrum@Scale heat map

Users can quickly assess the health of their agile organization, in preparation for scaling Scrum. Using notes and groups in Span Workspace, team members share how well they think their organization is doing in categories such as prioritization, strategic vision and more.

Span Workspace introduction canvas

This canvas walks new users through what they need to know to get started, including how to share canvases, create custom templates and set up Jira Software integration.

Free 30-day team trial

Teams up to five people can have full access to Span Workspace with a 30-day trial at no cost. Visit Nureva’s website for more information.


Download an image of the agile canvas templates in Span Workspace.

About Span Workspace

Span Workspace is designed to support highly collaborative activities that benefit from visualizing and interacting with information on a large surface, including structured processes such as agile and Scrum. It provides an expansive cloud-based digital canvas that can be tailored to suit virtually any collaborative activity. It draws upon familiar, simple and flexible tools including sticky notes, sketches, images, templates and screen sharing. Participants contribute and interact with the content using their personal devices, whether a computer, tablet or smartphone, or directly on the Nureva™ Wall or other interactive display. For more information, visit the Span Workspace page on Nureva’s website.

About Nureva

Nureva Inc. is a technology-rich, multiple award-winning private company that imagines and builds solutions that make it easy to unlock the collaborative potential of diverse teams around the globe. For businesses, that means enabling the group creative processes that are used to solve problems and develop breakthrough ideas that drive organizational advantage. In higher education, it means enabling collaborative activities that deepen learning and equip students with the skills required for future success. A passion for deep customer understanding and a commitment to innovation drive the company’s product roadmap. For more information, visit Nureva’s website and follow @NurevaInc.


For more information, please contact

Shari-Lynn Sare
Marketing Communications Manager
Nureva Inc.
Phone 587.774.6636
E-mail sharilynnsare@nureva.com

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