The Feeling and Perception of Using Analog and Digital Task Management Tools within Agile Development

University essay from Malmö universitet/Fakulteten för teknik och samhälle (TS)

Abstract: The field of software development has rapidly been changing due to changes in work requirements and expectations of stakeholders. As a result, there has been a widespread adoption of agile methodology within the software industry, as it allows for a constant stream of deliveries and project adjustments. Agile methodology allows project teams to pick and adjust appropriate agile practices as they see fit, meaning that situations differ in various ways. With respect to the young age of agile methodology and the various approaches has created gaps that could affect project efficiency and quality. Specifically, one of these unperfected areas is the task management tools, that has had a hard time being established in the digital space. This can be illustrated by the popular use analog tools such as post-it notes and whiteboards. Likewise, analog and digital task management tools have varying advantages and disadvantages that forces project teams to work in certain ways. For example, analog tools are easily adjusted and digital tool are instead more structured. Typically, this creates restrictions to the physical work space for employees and obstacles of project progression communication to external parties. Towards addressing the issue, a set of seven task board requirements are established as the foundation for the solution, which are based on the theoretical and practical findings. The solution is a digitalized whiteboard with syncing and cross platform abilities.

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