Today I again had the discussion about developers really insisting on having an electronic tool instead of using a white – or corkboard. I do not know why some people are so insistent on having an electronic tool. But maybe if I quote someone else this might help more than my own mantra:
I found a very interesting post on this blog: Notes From A Tool User.
In short the whiteboard/corkboard promote conversations and collaboration among team members. If your management insists on seeing pretty reports and charts on their computer then challenge your management.
- These reports are a waste – they don’t get shipped to the customer.
- Invite management to visit the team room on a regular basis and see the progress themselves.
- Have daily Scrum of Scrums that management attends so they can get their status fix that way.