Last updated November 2, 2016. Please visit the official site for the most up-to-date information.
It’s difficult to manage a project when you lack clarity over who is working and what needs to be done. Tools like Microsoft Excel may work at the early stages, but they can lose their hold as the project expands and becomes more complex. You need a project management tool that gives you the full picture of who is working, who isn’t as busy, and what your most important tasks are.
Sprintly is a productivity tool designed to help you manage digital products while giving your team members access to everything related to each project. Unlike your traditional to-do apps, Sprintly offers more control over which task or item to prioritize, who are working on these items, and what are accepted for deployment. All work is tracked and displayed visually, so you know exactly what needs to be done to meet your end-goals.
Your first product is created as soon as you sign up for an account. Upon logging in, you get to choose which view to manage your product. The Dashboard view, for instance, shows you a visual representation of all work done on the product. You see both progress made on your product and how productive your team is from Day 1. With this information, you’ll be able to focus on your most important work while pinpointing areas that need more attention.
Detail is one of Sprintly’s biggest selling points. Rather than treating each piece of work as a generic task, the app categorizes work into five item phases: Someday, Backlog, In-Progress, Completed, and Accepted. The pie charts on the Dashboard view distinguish the volume of work by color to represent each phase. This shows you which phase your team is busy with the most, if any progress is made, and how much has been completed during the current term.
Items or tasks are further categorized into four item types: stories, tasks, tests, and defects. These types identify the different types of work involved in managing your product, giving you more control over how your tasks should be treated and organized. Stories, for example, use the mad lib format where you would indicate your role, the task, and your reason for doing so. Used mostly to introduce new features or additional functionality, this is an innovative way to determine if this new item needs to be prioritized, or if it can sit on the Someday or Backlog lists for the next planning session. Tests are another interesting item type that gives testing the same value as other tasks, rather than treating it as an afterthought. You can create new items at any time by clicking on the green “+” button found at the top right of the screen.
If you predict these lists to grow quite in size during the life cycle of your product, it helps to use “tags” to easily locate, filter, and organize items. This is a core Sprintly feature, so it’s highly recommended to add tags to all of your items as soon as you start using the app.
Keeping to its visual approach to project management, the new Kanban view enables you to see and manage items as they go through each phase successfully. Columns determine each item phase where items move from one phase to another through drag-and-drop. Filters are on the left side of the Kanban board where you can sort through all of your tasks according to type, estimate, state, tag, assignee and author. Finally, the view tabs at the top of the Kanban board allow you want to switch to a different view when needed. All these create a focused working environment where you have a clear idea of what to work on, the status of your items, and what you’ve accomplished for each term.
As your product grows overtime, it’s vital to have a good grasp of where your product is and what your team is working on. With this much attention to detail and understanding of the different phases of a product’s development, Sprintly simplifies what could have been a complex and time-consuming process. Now you can get more work done and easily adapt to changes made to your product without ever worrying about important information slipping through the cracks.
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