During this first month of 2012, the Heyunka Team has been working on feedback from our beta testers. Lots of comments and suggestions have come in, many of those very valuable to further improve the Waypoint User Experience. Apart from a couple of minor issues, we’ve particularly been looking at the functionality around the Iteration Plan and Release Plan Tabs. These tabs have been merged into a new Planboard Tab. Also, we’ve added a first sample project, so users can see what a filled out Waypoint Project looks like.
The new Planboard Tab is designed to hold all planing tools and time scales together: The release plan and the iteration plan. You’ll now find the following subtabs:
- Overview – An overview with all the projects’ releases and iterations in one view.
- Release Plan Subtab – A subtab which will hold detailed information and gantt charts relevant to the release (not implemented yet).
- Iteration Plan Subtab – A subtab holding a navigation bar on top of it, to directly approach the iteration of your choice and the possibility to open all User Stories and Tasks linked to it. It is possible to add User Stories to an Iteration, directly from this Iteration Subtab.
- Report Subtab – A subtab holding all relevant reports together. Your landing page here is the Release Burndown Chart for your current Release. Clicking on an Iteration of your choice will lead you to burndown charts of that specific Iteration, a Release Burndown Chart of the Release to which the selected Iteration belongs, plus Hours Availability Reports and an Hour Availabilty Breakdown.
So, we expect you’ll enjoy the improvements as much as we do.
Many people request sample projects to learn from. To learn how to administrate a project in Waypoint, or even how to set up specific projects. Therefor, we’ve now added the option to add specific sample projects in the years to come. You can import a sample project from the Waypoint landing page. A first sample project is for a Hoshin Kanri project. Hoshin Kanri is the cyclical continuous improvement process embraced by Lean Companies to determine the direction of their process improvement efforts. This sample project not only shows you how to set up a project in Waypoint. It only gives you a sample for running a proper Hoshin Kanri process in your organization. Stay tuned to our blog, that’s where we will be publishing details on that.
Thanks to usage and comments from many of our Beta Testers, we’ve been able to remove a number of minor bugs. The resulting is an ever cleaner and better Waypoint.