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Unfortunately when you're doing rocket science you never quite know when an experimental launch will be successful -- and this year we missed Apptoberfest! But hopefully you'll enjoy the video below, precisely because it's not just another demo 😉
“For the first time in the planet’s history, our species has the technology to prevent endless standup meetings”.
That is, in essence, the mission of the new app we have just launched into the Atlassian Marketspace. But don’t take it from me – take it from Björn Döhler, the resolution Co-CEO and acting President of the USA.
The existential threat of inefficient standup meetings
Every agile team has built daily standups into their routine… but a high percentage of them is very inefficient!
There’s not a single reason for this, although one story seems to resonate very often when I discuss the issue. Once daily scrums start creeping into hour-long project management sessions, participants disconnect, start showing up unprepared, and lose sight of what’s really important: aligning with colleagues to reach the sprint goal, identifying blockers early on, and addressing them at the speed of light.
More often than not, daily Scrums are conducted in a Zoom screenshare of the project board in Jira. And while we all love Jira here, we also know that issues are, for good or for bad, only a part of what’s going on.
It’s a balancing act we all know. It’s key to focus on the work that has been committed for the sprint, but the details shouldn't hide the bigger picture. Because if they do, the threat can be existential. There is no excuse in today’s business universe for shipping poor quality software… and being late to the designated time of launch.
A new communication vehicle for agile teams
NASA’s Forge-based engine has been designed to fix dysfunctional communication conditions.
Unstructured & Irrelevant Feedback
With NASA, Scrum Masters have way more options for creating focus for their team, facilitating their interventions, and moderating team interactions:
Remote, hybrid, and distributed teams have their own challenges with standup meetings. The app provides a solid workflow for updates that combine a visual with a written element, driving engagement from remote team members and increasing participation.
Standups contain significant information, yet they are poorly documented (if at all). NASA provides a paper trail that allows to easily go back to previous discussion points and constitutes the best possible bridge between sync and async interactions.
How your feedback can help
In the next versions, we will be shipping a number of improvements that can further contribute to making team communication seamless.
Besides that, there are many possible evolutions. There will be a second and a third generation of NASA communication vehicles, but what they look likely highly depends on you. We particularly welcome your feedback on some aspects:
Share your comments right here, or raise a ticket with our support team if there is any very specific request that you’d like to share with us!
Jaime Capitel (resolution)