Fresh off an outstanding olympic performance from our Canadian hockey teams, both female and male, we bring you the latest update to the gold standard in Agile project management tools for TFS: Urban Turtle 4.15. While we were not watching our teams rule the competition, we managed to work in several new features and improvements. Many of them stem from user feedback, read on to find out if yours made the cut this month.
We’re currently thinking about a way of managing work items that have not yet been prioritized in your product backlog. We know that, sometimes, it’s a bit difficult to find a newly created item that you want to prioritize: they get lost in all the numerus items of your backlog.
Let’s say that I’m the Product Owner. I just created a bunch of stories under multiple Features in the Product Management. I now have to prioritize them for my team to know what to work on. Below is what I would see when I load the Product Backlog:
Urban Turtle is proving to be a great addition to TFS for managing our backlog. Above everything the team at Pyxis has been extremely responsive in integrating UT into our very customized project template and resolving issues as they come up. I recommend this product to any team using TFS for Agile development.
The Urban Turtle team is proud to make available the first release of the year: Urban Turtle 4.14. With some under-the-hood tweaks and a few nice features, this is a release that you won’t want to miss. Again, customer feedback played a major role in the decisions we’ve made and we are thankful to all of you who take the time to share their thoughts about the product with us.
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Yep, we hear it over, and over. Every year, it’s the same story: with the new year, comes the new year resolutions. Since you already have took too much resolutions (or like me, did not decided yet what to try this year), why not add this one to your list.
There’s this amazing thing about actually getting out of the box that leads to out-of-the-box thinking. Whether it’s nature or the exercise itself, it certainly works.
We use this technique a lot at Urban Turtle to help us set the stage for those meetings that needs more intense conversations. But why not get out and take a walk for any kind of meeting? We’ll try it for sure!
Are you fan of walk and talk meetings?
Let’s start the year with a light, but serious (…of course) subject. In this conference, Seth Godin explains the 7 reasons that can lead to something broken. So we can all look at 2014 and maybe try to fix some things that are broken around us.
If I think it’s broken, it’s because it’s broken!
Yep, it’s that time of the year. The time where you take a step back, and think about the year that is about to finish. If you are like me, every time you have this impression that it all goes too fast. Wouldn’t you agree? Well, Matt Cutts did find a solution: small 30-day challenges.
I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There’s nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they’re a ton of fun. But they’re less likely to stick.
This has been an exciting year for us here at Urban Turtle. The product has grown leaps and bounds since the beginning of the year. We are also now shipping the same product for two different version of TFS, something we had never done before. We are quite proud of the new features we’ve implemented and we are looking forward at everything that’s coming for the next year. But for now, before year’s end, we thought we’d give you a small present with our twelfth consecutive monthly release: Urban Turtle 4.13.
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Today’s video is about story telling. This is something we hear about a lot here at Urban Turtle. It’s an approach that we try to use with the marketing team. It’s a really powerful way to try and convince someone.
It confirmed something I really had a hunch on, is that the audience actually wants to work for their meal. They just don’t want to know that they’re doing that. That’s your job as a storyteller, is to hide the fact that you’re making them work for their meal. We’re born problem solvers.
Recap of part 1: Arthur, a turtle acting as project manager, is searching for a new way to improve the efficiency of Forwaste, his place of birth. During a trip to Montréal, Arthur met a master in Agility: Mr. Rousseau. Here is the end of this incredible adventure.
- Mr. Rousseau, said Arthur, teach me what you call Agility. I finally found my mission: bring back to Forwaste the knowledge of Agile management. We desperately need it. We could do so much better. We could finally deliver value to our citizens.
- Long and winding is the road that leads to mastery of Agile principles, retorted Mr. Rousseau.
- I’m ready, Master. I’ve searched all my life the kind of solutions offered by Agility.
A rigorous training followed (it’s classic, you will say, dear readers): standing on a pole in the middle of the ocean at sunset, climbing snow-covered mountains bare hands and without ropes, trying to raise a ship stuck in the mud with his mind.
Arthur followed Master Rousseau for several months. Taking notes and getting inspired by his Agile knowledge. As time passed, he felt more and more involved in project management. At last, one day, Arthur felt ready.
Smiling, Mr. Rousseau spoke to Arthur: “The greatest learning, you have got; trust in your team, you must have; and by the results, you will be surprised.”
Arthur returned to Forwaste. He went back to his former job. Mike was very happy to rehire Arthur and also seduced by his colleague’s new knowledge. Together they began applying the Agile principles to a team, then another, then another. After a few months (and a lot of hard work), everyone at Forwaste was convinced. Furthermore, all backlogs were well managed by Urban Turtle (hep! self-marketing, you know…).
Then something magical, surprising and unexpected happened: with the same basic ingredients, Forwaste was now composed of happy employees, the falls had never been this well-managed and R&D and IT projects were simply brilliant.
Arthur understood that all the ingredients were there in the first place. All it took was to place the same ingredients in the right order. Since that day, Forwaste is called… Software!
Happy holidays from the Urban Turtle Team!