For the fifth and final post in our series on Agile Framework and Scrum using draw.io’s Board editor, we focus on dynamic modules that can be called up as needed in the midst of a retrospective. Need to take a quick, unexpected vote? No worries. Just pull the appropriate module onto your whiteboard and you’re ready to vote. Read on to learn more about Dynamic Modules for Agile in draw.io’s Board Editor.
So far in our series, we’ve covered retrospectives in general, check-ins in particular, an overview of the Inspect and Adapt process, and role evaluation. We’ve also shown you a myriad of examples of why draw.io’s Board Macro should be your go-to solution for creating Agile visual tools. Check out the links below for anything you might have missed:
If you’re a draw.io user, you’re no doubt familiar with templates. These are the magical tools that let you jump right into whatever diagram you need without having to reinvent the wheel and build everything from scratch.
In draw.io’s standard editor, these templates can be called up at the beginning of the editing process to get you off to the right start. But the new Board Editor introduces the exciting ability to call in templates at any point during the editing process.
So, imagine you’re in a meeting or retrospective. You’re the agile coach, and you suddenly need a thumb vote on something. Simple. Just add the specific voting template and you are free to go. The template will be instantly added to the existing content.
There are a variety of simple and useful dynamic modules that can be put to work when it’s time for added team input. And they can all be easily created in draw.io (or just download the XML files via the download buttons next to each example below).
This module is useful to have in reserve when an unexpected off-shoot of the conversation needs to be facilitated. Each box makes room for input on important aspects of the topic du jour. Team members can easily add their thoughts in order to more thoroughly and effectively explore pros, cons, ideas, and concerns.
Rock the vote
Sometimes you just need a straw poll or a thumbs up/thumbs down on some aspect of the topic at hand. We’ve got several options for these eventualities as well. Each one with a handly download button, so you can make it your own:
Invariably, throughout any meeting or retrospective, multiple options or courses of action will be identified. Eventually, the need arises for team members to identify which options they favor. This module gives each team member their own, easily identifiable voting chips to distribute as they see fit.
Before making any important decision or choosing a course of action, it’s important to know where the team stands on the topic.
This simple module allows each team member to rate their resistance to an idea. Whether it’s no resistance or extreme disagreement, it’s a quick way for everyone to weigh in before conversation continues.
A variation on the resistance check, this module lets team members rate their confidence regarding a topic or course of action.
Download the templates above and use them for your next retrospective. In addition, you can have a look at our video below. It will show you how to access your custom templates. It will also show how you can create them for yourself.
In the meantime, if you want to know more about draw.io in general, visit our YouTube Channel for a constantly updated playlist of how-to videos. Visit our one-stop tutorial shop to pick up all the ins and outs of draw.io diagramming. Or book a free demo to learn more about the limitless ways in which draw.io can make life easier and more productive for you and everyone in (and outside) your company!
Also, check out the other posts about the board editor and its use in an agile environment:
Brad Boesen is a writer and editor of books, theses, blogs, articles, web content, and online educational material. His work covers topics ranging from AI to Web Development to Biological Science, Photography, meditation for children, and much more. He spent his formative years working for Gallup, IBM, and the Nebraska State Legislature before setting out on his own as a freelancer, doing the bidding of clients like Walmart, Expedia, and Oxford University. He's now the full-time content creator for draw.io.
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