Physical information radiators

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A physical board:

  • Makes you feel more attached to the work—you can literally touch the work.
  • Increases meaning, ownership, accountability if you write the stickies yourself.
  • Provides very high communication bandwidth, potentially.
  • Provides a better overview of status and progress.
  • Provides easy access to all stakeholders.
  • Allows you to view it from a distance, getting a holistic view on the work.
  • Radiates much more information than a relatively small monitor.
  • Provides a central shared space for the team to convene and talk about the work.
  • Makes people attend to each other rather than the board.

An electronic board:

  • Better supports distributed teams in a consistent way.
  • Allows multiple views on the same information (multi-facetted).
  • Collects statistics for free, provided the board is well-designed and used with discipline.
  • Tracks connections between code changes, tasks, stories, and epics easier.

Bottom line: use both a physical and electronic board. Use the electronic board for everything so it self-generates statistical data (see metrics drive behavior). Use the physical board for current work in progress, work that you need to coordinate on a daily basis.

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Goalkeep oversight of progress and acceleration opportunities +
PearlMetrics drive behavior +
ThemeAgile +, Lean +, Scrum + and Kanban +