If you search Google Images for terms like “agile board” or “agile scrum board”, the first few rows of results will look more or less like the mix on the left. Lots of images rendered from digital tools, but also many physical board photos with paper cards on corkboards, whiteboards, office walls, furniture and windows.
One thing is clear: all of them prove that people continuously strive to combine digital and physical boards to make work easier, more effective and fun. And the most inspiring part is that there’s no one right way to do this.
There’s also quite a few interesting photos linking to blogs and online articles signifying the potential of visual management and physical boards, such as those posted on ultrasaurus.com, agiletools.wordpress.com and xqa.com.ar.
And, from our own experience, there's really a lot more to physical cards used for representing tasks than meets the eye (or the board, so to speak). Hey, our office fridge sometimes serves as a physical board too:
Source: Spartez kitchen on a random day.
Ever since Agile Cards for Jira became available on the Atlassian Marketplace back in 2010, the variety of support cases we’ve had, often accompanied by images provided by our customers, show that cards are not only used for tracking projects on physical boards, but also for backlog grooming and ordering. Now that Agile Cards for VSTS / TFS have entered the Visual Studio Gallery and is reaching almost 900 installs after its 6 initial months, we’re getting a fascinating new perspective on the potential behind our tool in a new environment.
So here's our call. Join the community and give us some insight into how you combine digital and physical tools to make work easy and fun. Share your pro tips and get cool swag for you and your team. If you'd like us to describe your physical agile board story, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you.