Sticky Notes vs. the Computer - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Government // Enterprise Architecture
Commentary
3/28/2008
12:00 AM
Commentary
Commentary
Commentary
50%
50%

Sticky Notes vs. the Computer

I never really understood why I would want to use sticky notes/cards in my agile projects, instead of software tools. After all, we write software for others -- how can we say that software is not a good enough solution for us?

For instance, our team uses Mingle by Thoughtworks. I think it is one of the best tools for project management I've ever used. Its serves us well for sprint planning, daily scrums, etc. Among other things, it gives you "digital" sticky notes which you can drag around to move between statuses or whatnot -- just perfect.

And yet, last week when we were pushing for completing our first major milestone, I decided to try real sticky notes, and finally I understood the difference -- constant visibility. Computerized tasks seem to be just as accessible as physical cards -- but they aren't. Yes, everyone can see the status whenever they want. But the fact that you can doesn't mean that you do. Digital cards don't have the "in-your-face" kind of effect that always visible notes has. I've seen a notable difference in maintaining the dev team's focus and making managers (the CEO in my case) feel they are in the loop and that progress is constantly made.


My conclusion is clear. While I still use electronic tools, I guess that until we have large enough e-ink boards to let us get the same affect of physical cards, I'll just have to keep restocking my sticky notes inventory :)

 

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll