Release Notes | 10.17.2017

Greetings from your AgilityHealth Team!

We have been working on several enhancements and bug fixes that will improve the user experience of several of our features.

Here’s what’s new!


  • Minor performance enhancements were made to the Kanban View
  • Multiteams and Enterprise teams will now show multiple radars! If your sub-teams have utilized different radar types, the MT or ETs give you options on how to view these roll ups
  • AgilityHealth Facilitators are now able to edit the start date of an assessmentafter it has been published

 

Bug Fixes


  • The Scheduler tab now only displays radars that are available to your company
  • Drop shadow was removed from survey text to make it more readable
  • High/Low consensus competencies are excluded when there is only one respondent (i.e. PO only questions)

Release Notes | 09.14.2017

Greetings from your AgilityHealth Team!

Release 12.5 is live! Our team has been working on several enhancements and bug fixes that will improve the user experience of several of our features.

Here’s what’s new!


  • The Kanban View for the Growth Plan has been enhanced with the ability to sort cards via drag and drop, removed restrictions for moving cards between statuses and updated the UI to be more user friendly
  • The Enterprise and Admin Dashboards now saves user preferences for different configuration and filter options
  • The selection made for Team Member login will now show on the Edit Assessment page once the survey is launched
  • The PDF feature now lists team names on the same page as the radar

 

Bug Fixes


  • Duplicate Team health survey questions no longer display
  • Fixed an issue where users were not being deleted from the Manage Users section

Release 12.4 | 07.28.2017

Greetings from your AgilityHealth Team!

Release 12.4 is live! Our team has been working on several enhancements and bug fixes that will improve the user experience of several of our features.

Here’s what’s new!


  • Kanban board will no longer ask for confirmation when moving Growth Items between status columns
  • Benchmarking can now look at all previous assessments not just the most recent assessment
  • AgilityHealth partners can now utilize their logos on our PDF exports within the tool
  • Users can now filter Growth Items by tags on the Growth Item Dashboard
  • Team Member invitations to view radar results in AgilityHealth can now be set at the Company Level and revisited at the Team Level. A Facilitator can now chose when or if the team members will get login access from the Review & Launch page during the assessment creation process.

 

Release 12.3 | 06.30.2017

Greetings from your AgilityHealth Team!

Release 12.3 is live! Our team has been working on several enhancements and bug fixes that will make our radar results easier to read and isolate the survey questions with their individual score bar.

Here’s what’s new!


Radar Results 

We have updated the radar percentage scale to be more visible and added the percentage scale on each dimension line break. Users will also be able to hover over the average line and see the percentage that it falls on. The percentage scale will now print to PDF as well.

Survey Enhancements 

The survey questions have been separated with their score bar and a new confirmation message will display when a user submitted their survey.

  • Fixed several error pop up issues and bugs

 

 

Team Maturity – Tuckman and Beyond

As organizations go through an Agile transformation or try to scale Agile, inadvertently the focus will turn to “team maturity” at some point. The thinking is that teams go through various stages of maturity during the course of their existence: initially, as it is coming together, a team is less mature and then slowly moves to a higher state of maturity as it begins to “gel” which is typically associated with a higher level of performance.

Key factors that influence a team’s maturity are:

  • Time the team has existed in its current configuration
  • Scrum Master guidance
  • Coaching
  • Training
  • Size
  • Skills
  • Level of experience
  • Ability co-locate the team in the same physical location
  • Organizational stability
  • Individual personalities
  • Etc.

Maturity is usually not static and can change over time. For example: Teams going through significant changes, e. g. team members leave and/or new ones get added, will likely result in teams temporarily going backwards in their maturity.

One common maturity model is Tuckman’s Model of Group Development, which was first introduced in 1965 and has since seen some minor refinements. It proposes the phases of Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing and states that the “phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for the team to grow, face up to challenges, tackle problems, find solutions, plan work, and deliver results”. (See also this informative post from our friends at Trello.)

If you are an AgilityHealth Facilitator (AHF), you may remember that you will want to capture an Agile team’s maturity when you edit an assessment, in the same location where you would store assessment notes:

While the model has been used widely, not all Agilists are bought into Tuckman’s model. We also know that various consultancies and coaches have their own way of thinking of team maturity. What if you want to make it Crawl, Walk, Run, and Fly? What if you just use Low, Medium, or High instead? Or maybe you don’t even like the notion of maturity in the first place and prefer to think in terms of suitability, fluency or proficiency?

Well, with our recent release of AgilityHealth, we’ve created the capabilities to customize all this and more!

Terminology

You can now choose a different term instead of “Maturity” which will be used consistently throughout the application:

Stages

The Tuckman model is still used as a default, but you can now change, add or delete stages to really make the model your own:

Radar Type-Specific Models

AgilityHealth is about more than Agile Team Health as you may utilize other surveys like our DevOps or SAFe Release Train Health radars. For different radars, you may also want to use different models, e.g. you may stick with Tuckman for Team Health while using Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 for DevOps maturity. For this purpose, the settings are now relative to the radar type, so that you can fully customize the model for each type of radar.

Now with all this useful data captured, you’ll want an easy way to visualize the results. For that purpose, AgilityHealth has several useful widgets available:

Bar Chart Widget

This widget on the Enterprise Dashboard replaces the previous pie chart widget. It shows the distribution of the teams across the various stages. As teams get healthier, you may see the distribution move from the left more towards the center or even the right.

 

When the user clicks on a bar, the team names will be shown (provided the user has the appropriate permissions). This widget also enables comparison between different time periods, so it’s easy to see the progression of the teams between periods.

Scatter Chart Widget

This widget resides on the Enterprise Dashboard as well and shows the distribution of teams across the stages relative to their health (Y axis). This may be useful, for example, in identifying teams that rated themselves high, but the AHF ended up noting a lower maturity stage. This may be a good reason to dig deeper.

Hovering over a dot shows the respective team name.

As you’ve seen, AgilityHealth now offers a lot of flexibility to accommodate different terminology choices, maturity models by radar type and it also visualizes the results on the Enterprise Dashboard for further analysis. Hopefully this functionality will be useful in the process of helping your teams get healthier and your organization more successful!