Agile dashboards allow you to get a bird’s eye view of everything that is happening on a project, where the moving parts are, what is getting done, what needs to be done, what is finished, and it can even show some agile metrics. There are many moving parts within a system, so at times it can get confusing.
Essentially, agile dashboards give you a picture of a project, program increment, or sprint, that allows you to have a sense of what is happening in a way that is organized, easy to understand, and effective.
Tools on Agile Dashboards
Agile dashboards present a lot of information gathered from different teams, project, tools, and even automated activities. The variables of the dashboard are personalized for a company based on what they need, feedback from team members, problems, and even particular projects.
Typically, dashboards contain the following indicators:
Burn Up Charts: This is an agile metric that explains information to team members, managers, and most importantly, project stakeholders. It shows work that has been completed, but this section of the dashboard also helps to anticipate what still needs to come from a team.This is a great way to measure committed scope against completed work and provide feedback to the team about their velocity, estimation, and commits.
Delivered Business Value: This is an estimation of your backlog, showing what value work has delivered. Essentially, it is a way to understand what has been completed within a set length of time in the past. For example, you can compare June of 2017 to June of 2016 to see how productivity and value have changed. Agile dashboards use Value Points to estimate these numbers.
This function of the dashboard can help show what your team committed to and what was actually delivered, helping in project meetings and stakeholder sessions.
Highlights: What are the most relevant topics to talk about in a daily scrum? What was the most important thing achieved yesterday? What do we focus on today? The highlights section is filled with information that is of importance to the entire team.
Performance: On a dashboard, performance measures what was achieved by the team using Velocity and Story Points.
Risks: Where could you potential bump into problems? Risks is a portion of a dashboard that allows team members to anticipate and plan for any issues that may pop up along the way. This can help you to change the track you’re on, warn other team members, and even reduce the impact of a fallout.
Schedules: A simple tool on the dashboard that shows time elapsed within the project. It can show the time allocated to the project, how much is left, and how much was used. It can break down individual member usage as well.
Status: Probably the most important component of an agile dashboard is the status indicator that estimates the status of a project in relation to different goals, risks, objectives, and other variables. This is a great way to provide feedback at a glance, to plan future sprints, and for meetings.
Agile dashboards exist to make the agile method easier as well to improve the performance of your team today and tomorrow while learning from yesterday. You need to adapt it to your needs, though in order to do that you have to understand how each of the sections work in relation to your project. Keep an eye on your dashboard to see what really brings you value and what doesn’t.
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