When it comes to determining whether digital or analog tools should be used in the collaborative part of agile team planning, we suddenly find ourselves in an argument. There are, of course, two fronts in these disputes. On the one hand, there are the advocates of physical planning (including Rentouch, although we don’t officially admit it), and on the other hand, there are the digital natives who don’t know how to spell the word “paper”. In addition, there are those who see no other way out than to rely on digital planning. This often includes very simple reasons. Whether it’s because your company is already working with ALM tools and you don’t want to manage everything twice or the organization has reached a size where it just can’t work without distributed constellations. When we talk about companies of this size, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) is often present somewhere and thus the PI Planning.
Here are three points why distributed planning has become unavoidable for such companies:
We can summarize it as follows: Teams in small companies can stay with the old-established and beneficial physical sticky notes and paper boards if they don’t have any dependencies with other teams or obligations to specific tools. But as soon as the organisation becomes bigger, more complex and at some point distributed, there is no way around digital planning and documentation of the work done.
In a nutshell: Assessment of the situation and choice of tool.
At a first glance, compliance and agile seem very distant, even conflicting. While the former sees variability as risk, for the latter that uncertainty comes as an opportunity to adapt and generate better outcomes and more valuable assets.