Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Scrum meets the pool – swimlanes in VSO’s backlog board

With the update of June 3rd VSO got a new and very useful feature in the Backlog Board: swimlanes.

What does that mean? It means you can have this situation:


This allows for an even finer time and resources management, for example. It mostly impacts prioritisation, something that happens with critical bugs stopping a production system. Keep in mind that a swimlane configured as above should be used very sparingly.

It could be even more creative:


You might be selling a product which, from time to time, has customer’s personalisations, which you need to schedule with the product itself. This is another way of using the swimlanes.

It is a tool which increases the flexibility a lot – but remember that it is just an aid, it doesn’t work as a given. Your process must be already resilient to this, and the tools is only there to help.

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