When the Agile process started to be used in the business world technology was limited. So, Agile teams were mostly doing their work using traditional methods like whiteboards, chalkboards, notebooks, or through emailed documents.
“Technology could not support dynamic, ongoing communication across multiple physical locations, so… face-to-face communication became a prerequisite for agility.” — (Source)
There are still teams who use physical boards and notes to complete their work, but with the advancement in digital software, there are so many platforms readily available to help make Agility easier.
You no longer need to be in the same room or location to be Agile!
Why Stormboard is the ultimate Agile tool:
A better whiteboard that keeps everything in one place
Most teams that work with Agile use some sort of board to organize everything (such as a whiteboard).
Stormboard is a digital workspace where you can store your work and draw on a digital whiteboard, making it much easier to complete an Agile iteration. Content can be written down on stick notes or drawn out, and you can also add images, videos, documents, and more right on the virtual board — which is much more interactive than any traditional format.
The whiteboard can also be shared with and worked on by anyone no matter where they are located or the time of day that works best for them.
Built-in templates that are specific to the way YOU work
Depending on the form of Agile you use, you will have specific requirements on how to organize your work. This can be difficult using traditional methods.
In Stormboard there are hundreds of templates to choose from, many of which are focused around the different forms of Agile, such as Scrum and Kanban.
Once you select the template you want, you and your team can get started working right away — no time is wasted drawing your own board and you can even customize the templates to suit your team’s specific needs.
Automatic saving + instant exports and reports
If you’re using a traditional whiteboard, saving your work is almost impossible. So, teams often end up taking pictures with their phones or tablets that turn out blurry and get lost in your camera roll.
Why settle for that when you can have your work securely saved to the cloud on Stormboard? Everything you do is automatically saved and kept safe. There is no need to stress that someone will wipe down a board at the end of the night or steal your information.
On top of that, you also have the ability to create reports at any time.
These reports take the information from your Storm (what we call your digital workspace) and turn it into a variety of documents, such as a PowerPoint, a Word document, an Excel document, and more so you have a summary of the work that took place. No more hastily typed meeting minutes!
Complete access to the workspace by everyone at anytime
Before digital collaboration tools existed, teams had to meet in person or have confusing conference calls to get any work done. Email was the main way to collaborate if you weren’t in the same room with someone — not the most efficient or reliable platform.
There is a much better way.
Stormboard is available on any device, and your Storms can be accessed at any time from any location. So, if your coworker is in Los Angeles and you are in New York, you can be working on the same Storm together. This will allow you to get work done faster while still retaining quality.
If an idea comes to you in the middle of the night, add it to your Storm and your colleagues will be able to see it in the morning when they start their work day. No time is wasted, and everyone gets an equal ability to share in the way that best suits them.
Adaptability to any style of work
Stormboard can adapt to any work style ensuring that any company can increase their teamwork.
For example, if you are more visual, you can add videos, images, and even draw your own sketches to demonstrate what you want to convey. If you are more analytical, add in charts or text. Everything can be changed and moved around as ideas develop and things get accomplished.
There is no better way to accelerate your Agile team than by using a digital platform like Stormboard!
—Article by Heather Gunn