Mario Cardinal

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" – Marcel Proust

What is a slingboard (part 2)


(Go to Part 1) Slingboards Lab mission is to bring your team at your fingertips. Through the provision of slingboards, it brings sticky notes to smartphones, tablets and the web for empowering teams to better collaborate.

A slingboard ensures teammates are always in sync. It provides real time feedback to everyone involved in the whole process. It highlights the flow of work and what is being done.

A slingboard allows instant access to the workflow. Remote and teleworkers can easily collaborate with their colleagues in teal time.

Here is a video that explains what is a slingboard

Because the tablet layout have the appearance of the original yellow stickies, learning to use a slingboard is simple. The familiar sticky notes essentially became the user interface. Team members can quickly embraced this new technology.

A slingboard increases accountability and positively influence the behavior and attitude of team members . Teammates define and choose their own work instead of having work assigned to them. High visibility and clear guidelines ensure teammates cannot hide work (or non-work) from each other. They know that at any moment, if they want to, they can, with zero overhead and without causing any discomfort to anyone, see exactly what everybody is doing. Boards tend to expose the flow, but it is done with ground rules that people find quite reasonable. Thus, accountability is achieved in a harmonious way because it boils down to the individual responsibility of updating the board. This builds transparency among team members, which in turn builds trust.

Author: mariocardinal

I am the co-founder of To-Do Studio, a software publisher offering online collective workspaces extended with automated guides. As an experimenter and an entrepreneur, I like to seize opportunities that emerge from the unexpected. Since 2004 (15 years in a row), I am a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. MVP status is awarded to credible technology experts who have shown a deep commitment to innovation, passion about technology and a strong community spirit. An experienced DevOps and Scrum practitioner, I have spent nearly 30 years designing large-scale information systems. I am the author of the book "Executable Specifications with Scrum" and the host of the Visual Studio Talk Show, a podcast about software architecture.

3 thoughts on “What is a slingboard (part 2)

  1. Really nice and simple visualisation of the business process flow which the end-user I think will love to use.
    The only thing that I wonder about is that the workflow is represented in a liniar way. Let’s say that you model a PM task and you have the steps: New, In Progress, Test and Closed. All is perfect till now, to have this columns for the Slingboard and in this order, but what if we introduce the step Pause because an user can work at 2 different tasks in the same time. You can go in Pause from In Progress and also from Test.
    Another aspect that I was thinking is if you can collect data when you move a sticker between the columns, when you make a transition.

    • Hello Cezar,

      In the case of the “Pause” state, instead of creating a column, I suggest that you use a Pin. Pins are great to signal collaborators about status which are not fundamentals to the workflow. Regarding data collection, the programmer can easily define a “list” field for the sticky note or could decide to attach an external document. When it will possible to experiment with the product, this type of functionality will be more obvious.

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