Archive for February, 2010

The Anatomy of a Planning Board Task Card

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

As you know, I am super excited about the new OnTime 2010 (V10) Planning Board. This new visual interface for viewing work items is an incredibly efficient way of working with, planning, tracking and modifying projects. The planning board makes it exceptionally simple to see what is going on in a project with a quick glance.

What is unique about the OnTime Planning Board in particular is the amount of information that is communicated in that quick glance. First, there is the card itself:

OnTime Planning Board Card

Each card on the planning board is intelligently designed to be clean, yet informative. You can see the assignee, the progress, the priority, the amount of work remaining, the original estimate, the release, the current status in the workflow and even the rating of each item. But even more impressive is all the actions you can take by interacting with each card:

  • Quick Edit – Want to reassign the item to someone else or a different release or change its priority? Just click the area for those fields and a quick edit window will allow you to change those items and more.
  • Log Work – If you just logged a few hours of work on an item, just click the progress bar for that item and enter the time you spent on it. Immediately, the item’s progress bar, amount worked and remaining work are updated to reflect your work.
  • Move it Along Your Process – Is the item ready to go to the next stage in your workflow? Then just drag the item and drop it in the next column and voila! All the actions associated with that workflow step will automatically get executed. Items could be reassigned, email notifications sent, fields could be changed, processes can be launched and much more all with a drag-and-a-drop.

And that’s just each card! When you look at the Planning Board itself, you then see the true potential of this incredible new feature:

From the screenshot above, you can see the workflow that we have designed (#1), the grouping of items by assignee (#2) which includes the details of how many items each person is assigned, # of hours of work done and remaining and you can quick drag-and-drop items from one workflow step to the next (#3).

It simply doesn’t get any better than this! OnTime’s planning board is the world’s most powerful project management tool in existence today. Watch this video to learn more:

Categories: Development

The OnTime Project Planning Board Changes Everything!

February 16, 2010 2 comments

Scrum Project Planning Board

If you are a project manager, scrum master or product owner, drop what you are doing now and watch the video below. The new Planning Board in OnTime 2010 (V10) changes everything you know about project management tools.

It’s a brilliant new way of managing software projects. Each new feature or defect gets an intelligently designed “Card” that is packed with the essential details of each item laid out in an amazingly spacious way. Items can then be filtered and organized in a variety of ways to help project managers and scrum master manage visualize and manage the flow of each item.

But I can’t describe how amazing this is in words. You need to first watch the video, then get your hands on the Beta.

Download OnTime 2010 (V10) Beta 2

Categories: Development

iPad Developers will be Sorely Disappointed at Launch

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

When the iPhone App Store launched, iPhone developers were impressively rewarded for their hard work and determination to get their apps on the App Store on launch day. Reading through a number of the iPhone/iPod/iPad developer groups, a similar level of excitement exists for the launch of the iPad, but unfortunately, that enthusiasm is going to die down quickly with a dose of reality.

There are a number of things that made the launch of the iPhone App Store an incredible success. Fist, there were already more than 8 million iPhones in the market by the time the App Store launched and that doesn’t count the millions more iPods that were also sold prior to the App Store launch. Then, there’s the fact that very few companies had a product to launch. On launch day, there were 500 applications available for download. The excitement was so high that nearly every one of those 500 applications received an incredible amount of free press, reviews and complimentary mentions in numerous blogs and online publications. Being first to market on the launch of the App Store, which itself was a historic event, meant that the worst applications would still receive thousands of downloads – if for no other reason, just for the curiosity factor.

The Launch of the iPad and the apps designed specifically for the iPad are going to have a significantly different story. On the day the iPad App Store launches with iPad-exclusive apps, there will be exactly -0- devices sold with owners who are eager to buy apps. Even if the iPad has an exceptionally successful launch, launch-day devices will likely number in the hundreds of thousands, not millions. To make matters worse, there are now tens of thousands of iPhone developers who will have their iPad-only apps ready to go on day 0, so the iPad-exclusive App Store will be far more crowded than the launch of the original iPhone App Store and since the App Store concept is nothing new, there will be a lot less written about the launch of the iPad exclusive App Store.

So lets quickly compare the two launches:

On Launch Day Original App Store iPad App Store
# of Devices Previously Sold and Ready to Use App Store > 8 Million 0
# of Apps on the App Store Specifically for the Device ~ 500 > 10,000
Sales Pace of Devices (iPhone / iPad) > 2 Million / Month ~300K/mo

In the long-run, being ready for the iPad will be a great win for the developers who take the chance and get prepared. The iPad will likely have a very bright future, but by no means is the launch of the iPad App Store going to create anything near the results of the original App Store. It’s important for iPad developers to check their expectations against the realities.

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OnTime 2010 (V10.0) Beta is Out!

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the most exciting new versions of OnTime is now in beta:

This new version adds an exceptional productivity tool called the “Planning Board” where users get to see all their defects, features, incidents or tasks in a “card” view with each card being placed in the appropriate workflow step. Each workflow step is represented by a column and users can drag-and-drop cards from one column to another to change their workflow step.

More Info and Download Page for OnTime V10 Beta

Categories: Development

Scrum Planning Board on the iPad

February 1, 2010 13 comments

We thought it would be fun to imagine what the OnTime V10 Scrum Planning Board (a.k.a. task board) would look like when used through the iPad:

The touch interface of being able to drag-and-drop cards from one workflow step to another is going to absolutely rock on the iPad. I need to get my hands on one of these things asap! :-)

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