The way we work is evolving as more teams become hybrid and remote. With the new way of working comes new challenges, like keeping teams connected, aligned, and on track to meeting project deadlines.
In this blog post, we will explore the course “Agile Visualization for Hybrid Teams” and how you can transform your Agile ceremonies to be the most effective for your teams. For a more interactive and in-depth experience, be sure to register for the course to gain instant access to videos, exercises, and helpful resources.
Agile planning is a flexible project management style that welcomes collaboration and feedback through every step of the sprint.
Agile teams begin each sprint with a planning meeting where they can prioritize the work that will be completed within that sprint. The team will review the product backlog, assign work to contributors, and define the outcomes to be achieved by the sprint review or demo.
Using a template in your agile planning meeting will help keep your team focused and on track. Lucidspark’s team room template is a visual representation of an actual meeting room. Within this template, you can:
- Create an agenda.
- Post your team’s definition of done.
- Plan your sprint in a collaborative space.
Also, if you use Jira, Azure DevOps, or Smartsheet, easily connect your instance to Lucidspark and convert your sticky notes or Lucid Cards into items in these apps. It’s a seamless, bi-directional sync! Converting action items from your Agile planning meeting directly into your existing workflow will encourage clarity and alignment within your team.
Once your planning meeting is completed, your team will check in with each other daily over the course of a sprint. This is called the daily standup.
The daily standup allows teams to check progress towards the sprint goal, review any obstacles that stand in the way of tasks, and plan the next steps. Lucidspark makes the daily standup easier and more efficient for hybrid teams.
Lucidspark has a great daily standup template to help standardize the standup process. You can easily customize the template to fit the needs of your team. Include images, team member names, and more to personalize your template.
When creating your daily standup template, take a few moments to revisit team norms and add them to your board. Having team norms visible will remind team members how to engage within the board. Some teams might have team norms that look like this:
- Allow team members to present without interrupting.
- Adhere to the allotted time limit for each team member.
- Use emojis to react to work.
Helpful tools for facilitation
Lucidspark is packed with tools to make facilitating your meetings a breeze. Let’s take a look:
- Timer: The timer gives each team member a set amount of time to report on their tasks. Keep everyone focused and aligned without going over time.
- Revision history: Keep a record of each standup and track revisions. Start each meeting with a clean slate while saving and naming the previous meeting’s board.
- Images/GIFs: Keep your team energized and engaged by adding images and fun GIFs to the board.
Lucidspark can help you create an interactive, feedback-focused presentation for your sprint review or demo.
Here’s how to get started:
- To set up your sprint review like a slideshow, begin with the Presentation Builder to quickly create a polished presentation.
- Create a frame around the content you’d like to include on your slide. Customize it to capture the look and feel of your team or project.
- Duplicate that frame to create more slides with ease.
- When you’re ready to present, use Presentation Mode to guide your audience through your slides.
The possibilities are endless as to what you can add to your Lucidspark board. Make your sprint review interactive by adding sticky notes, shapes, images, link previews, and video recordings.
Conducting your sprint review in Lucidspark allows you to gather feedback in creative ways. Add emojis to celebrate wins, comments to ask questions, or a feedback frame for others to provide more detailed feedback.
Lucidspark is the perfect platform for hosting your Agile ceremonies. From sprint planning to demo, keep your team engaged, on track, and aligned.
Be sure to sign up for our course, “Agile Visualization for Hybrid Teams,” now to access the rest of this course, demos to practice everything you’ve learned, a video on getting started in Lucidspark, and more.
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