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Update: New connectors enable scaling agile frameworks and remote PI Planning

Tricia Whenham
Posted by Tricia Whenham on May 13, 2020 1:30:00 PM
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If you’ve ever run a PI Planning session, you know that aligning multiple agile teams while keeping things both collaborative and productive is no small feat. And that’s without the extra complication of everyone working remotely.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our latest Span™ Workspace addition – connectors. They let teams show dependencies between notes with simple red lines on a virtual program board, just like the red yarn that gets used during in-person PI Planning sessions.

Connectors come in handy any time you need to show dependencies between ideas and concepts. But they’re essential for organizations that have implemented scaling agile frameworks like Scrum@Scale™ or SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework).

By adding connectors to the many real-time tools already in Span Workspace, we’ve made it simpler for distributed agile teams from across an organization to map out the work ahead. There’s no need to compromise the processes you love – just move them to a virtual setting.

How it works

To use this new feature, start by selecting a note. You’ll see connector points on its sides. Click on a point and drag the connector to any other note on your canvas. It’s that simple. If you need to move a note around, no problem – the lines that connect your notes will adjust as needed. To remove a connector, click on it and then click the delete icon.

Just like always, every change that’s made will be seen as it happens by all other team members working in the same canvas, no matter where they are. And everyone can interact with the canvas simultaneously. It’s real-time collaboration, from a distance.


Scaling agile remotely

When scaling agile, teams need visibility into each other’s work and plans. When you have an online program board in Span Workspace, everyone can visualize the program increment. And connectors are a key part of the process.

Use connectors to easily spot which features or stories will not be delivered until multiple teams complete their dependencies. Because everyone can interact with the canvas at the same time, key details don’t get left out. The process makes risks easier to identify and assess. Connectors also make it possible to spot at a glance the projects that have no dependencies at all – and can be completed independently.

As your teams collaborate on the plan at hand, it’s easy for anyone to adjust notes and connectors as needed. And by taking advantage of Span Workspace’s unlimited guest accounts, you’ll ensure that no one who needs to be involved gets left out.

Once the planning session is done, your program board stays fully accessible to everyone. And if you need to share it further, you can export your canvas as a PDF or Excel® file.

Have you tried using connectors yet? Let us know what you think!

Topics: Agile Remote Work Span Workspace Scaling Agile