FWIW, I think many modern software tools suffer from advanced
featuritis, in the same way that MS Word does. 80 percent of the
users never need more than 20 percent of the features. To me, that
indicates that these instances of electronic tools are bad, not that
electronic tools are categorically bad. We tend to use a lot of tools
developed in-house, many of them having gone unchanged for years.
If it ain't broke... :-)
--- In email@example.com, "Henrik Kniberg" <h@...> wrote:
> On 11/4/07, Scott Preece <sepreece@...> wrote:
> > OK - why? I confess I've never used cards on a wall (never had a
> > environment where it was feasible), but I can't say I've ever
> > either.
> [... snip ....]
> > Does anybody have quantitative data suggesting one way is
> > better?
> These are terribly rough estimates so bear with me.
> I think I've met and talked about this specific matter with at least
> 30 different Scrum teams over the past 4 months. People from
> completely different companies, countries, and application areas. And
> about the same number of product owners.
> About 50 - 70% of them were using physical taskboards. Every one of
> them (both PO and team member) who had actually tried using a physical
> taskboard considered that format to be far better than any electronic
> format they had seen or tried, mainly because it promotes direct
> collaboration and is "in your face" all day, not hidden behind umpteen
> windows on your PC.
> The only people I've met (so far) that don't like physical taskboards
> are people that haven't actually tried it. Some are forced to abandon
> it because the team is geographically distributed, but even then they
> most often seem to look for electronic tools that provide a
> taskboard-like interface.
> I've directly helped at least a dozen teams move from complex
> electronic tools to trivially simple physical taskboards and none has
> ever gone back (as far as I know).
> Not hard evidence, not quantative data, just indicators. But fairly
> strong indicators to me :o)
> Henrik Kniberg
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