I’ve already mentioned it before. We at Rentouch love sticky notes! Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to develop a tool that reflects the benefits of sticky notes as well as the piplanning app. It is always said that employees can only plan productively with pen and paper. Why does planning run dry as soon as technical tools are involved? A normal pen can “only” draw lines, it cannot suggest words that we only have to select and touch to add. The same goes for the sticky note: if we don’t have enough space for writing, there is no button that allows us to enlarge the sticky so that we can write more. Assuming we only have these two features in the analog world, people would be more distracted. You have more options. Need to make more decisions to put an idea on paper. Deciding is tiring and consumes the forces that are actually needed for thinking and planning. That’s why we like to plan with pen and paper.
A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good. — MARTIN LEBLANC
Now the main goal of the piplanning app is to ensure that employees can plan creatively and productively, and nothing in the world interrupts this process. With a technical tool you would have the possibility to cover every wish. “What? People find it hard to be brief on sticky notes?” ”Well, then we’ll just make the font smaller so that more text fits on it.” NO! Not a good idea. Another example is the fascination with infinitely large boards. Who wants that? The answer is tech enthusiasts like me. But such gimmicks do not add value to the planning, on the contrary, they sabotage it.
At Rentouch, we have thought carefully about the area in which the piplanning app should support the planning and designed it specifically for these use cases.
Of course, we do not forego technical advantages that everyone understands.
These are some of the reasons the piplanning app looks the way it does today.
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.