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Summary A utility application that can be used by Agile development teams to create a heavily team-oriented atmosphere and to promote hyper-productivity.
Category construction
License GNU General Public License
Owner(s) srikaran

Mission

The goal of this open source project is to build a utility application that can be used by Agile development teams to create a heavily team-oriented atmosphere and to promote hyper-productivity. Information will be shared in short bursts, in a manner similar to Twitter, but will be organized and used differently.

What it should be or do

  • Promote teamwork, team ownership of all work, and increased productivity
  • Help individuals and pairs to stay focused and to promote clarity (i.e., to help organize the flurry of thoughts that often come about from complex tasks)
  • Increased knowledge base and knowledge sharing
  • Reduce tribal knowledge
  • Complimentary to existing Agile methods
  • A balance between getting help when needed and non-intrusiveness to others' progress
  • A balance between leveraging team-knowledge and parallelism
  • Promote dialog, exploration, and progress, as opposed to silent stalling
  • Provide support to distributed teams
  • A digital form of some aspect of note-taking
  • A better collaborative tool than Twitter

What it should not be

  • Not a replacement to face-to-face dialog
  • Not a time-tracking tool
  • Not for auditing by employers as part of a performance review. This would be a perversion of the tool.
  • Not a replacement to usual documentation (e.g., design docs, etc.), but some aspect of documentation will be captured.
  • Not a replacement to Scrumworks or other project management tools. The backlog of things to do, and task management (as they come up for committed backlog items), is not managed here, rather in Scrumworks or some other tool.
  • Not intended to make anyone uncomfortable, by creating a "Big Brother"-like atmosphere. It is in a member's interest to use it (as well as the team's interest), and folks are free to not use it.