Introducing Capacity Planning
To facilitate better planning and optimization of human capital, many organizations do a “plan-ahead” to help to scenario planning and what-if analysis. SwiftEASe Capacity Planning enables the team to do exactly that. Given the available Capacity across Teams and ARTs and work prioritization as per WSJF (outside the system), SwiftEASe helps you to allocate planned work to future PIs across ARTs. It gives you a quick drag-and-drop approach to reallocate cards across teams and ARTs, understand available capacity to take more work, or highlight over allocation. This information could then become the basis for Product Management teams to groom their cards for the future PIs as planned in the Capacity Planning event.
To know more about the Planning Event, read here.
Story Map: A Paradigm Shift in Visual Product Planning
One of the key ingredients of a successful product is discovering the whole story that communicates experience. So, to build such a product, one needs to focus on users and their experience and make the whole user conversation visible through a workflow of the larger story mapped to their child stories.
The Story Map offers you a comprehensive mapping tool to organize user stories into a visual map that communicates the end-to-end user journey. Inspired by Jeff Patton’s famous model, this visual Board helps you to:
- Frame the big picture at the top-most level that addresses the common goal
- Decompose it to the smaller, epic level activities and associate them with the user persona at the second level
- Break the user-driven activities down into smaller building blocks or commonly known as user stories and associate them with a release strategy.
- Create multiple Story Maps based on your varied requirements.
- Incorporate all levels of the Work Board in your SAFe hierarchy.
Read more about it here.
Note: This is a licensed feature and currently in BETA. Please contact us at email@example.com to know how to avail it.
Collecting Work Requests from the External Source
With our new External Work Requests module, collecting information from your users is now quick, and easy. You no longer have to rely on the traditional way of collecting work requests by using other tools and integrating them with our system to get the card created. Now, you can create a customized form using External Work Requests and embed that form on your website. These forms can be accessed through clickable triggers (links) that are visible on your website. Users can raise their work requests by filling and then submitting these forms. Upon submission, a card gets created in the mapped Board, and an email notification is sent to the user for future reference. Read more about it here.
Note: This is a licensed feature. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to know how to avail it.
Enhancement in Card Flags
Now, you no need to worry about flags when you transfer a card from one Board to another as all the active flags on that card are also transferred to the new Board.
Enhanced PI View
Once you plan ahead and allocate work to future PIs across ARTs via the Planning Event, the Program Management team needs better control at the Program level to further allocate the work to the various Teams before the PI begins. To facilitate such allocation, we have enhanced the PI panel and introduced another column, called Allocated to ART and PI.
The cards in this column are generally allocated to ART and PI, but not a Team. So, as you select a Team from the Filter and drag-drop the cards from this column to the PI Scope column, they get allocated to the Teams. So, the Teams become aware of their PI scope and start executing the assigned work.
Control the PI and Sprint View
Now, get better control over the list of PI and Sprints on their respective pages as you can decide to view only Open PI and Sprints. Just click the slider button on the PI or Sprints header and view the open ones only.
More Power to the Program Board
The Program Board gets bigger and better in this release as we have introduced a couple of usability enhancements.
- Now, other than setting dependency links between cards, you can now also assign cards to a PI, Sprint, ART, and Team by drag-drop on the Program Board itself. Just click the Card Drag-drop icon on the side toolbar and start tagging cards to the PI, Sprint, ART, and Team.
- Now, you have an option to view the open PI only on the program Board. Enable the Open PI only option from the header, and the Program Board will display the open PIs only.