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!

 

 

 

 

New Features List

Team Member Login| Maturity ModelSurvey PINBenchmarking

AHF SurveyFacilitator DashboardAssessment Scheduler

Wondering what are the major capabilities and features provided currently by AgilityHealth? Wonder no more, checkout what our team has currently implemented or take a sneak peak at the ROADMAP page to see what’s coming soon!


 

Team Member Login

We have streamlined the team member login process! Now when your company is set up within AgilityHealth, you can choose to have your team members login after they have taken the assessment and submitted their answers, team members can login after the assessment has reached its end date or you can allow your AHF’s to select how their team member’s login per assessment. Once they have selected their option, they will be able to view what they have selected by editing the assessment and reviewing the Assessment Details section.

During the Assessment Creation:

After the Assessment Has Been Published:

 


Maturity Model and Assessment Checklist by Radar type

We have created a custom maturity model that will allow Company Admins to add in their own definitions and/or names that may be used withing their company or current engagement. The assessment checklist can be set up to help facilitators determine the maturity of a team and can relate these steps to newly added maturity names & definitions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Survey PIN

Several of our facilitators have had issues with participants not receiving the survey invite or not having the time to get our AgilityHealth email address white listed before a retrospective. Our team has developed a way for participants to access their own individual surveys without the need for the invite email! We have created an external open webpage to allow team members to input their email and custom assessment pin to access their specific service link that is connected to their email address. This feature can be turned on under the Manage Features section in Settings. Once the assessment is launched, a new option will appear at the top of the Team Members and Stakeholders list on the edit assessment page.


Benchmarking

Teams and Programs now have the ability to benchmark themselves against other teams and programs with their organization! The average health across the teams & programs within the company will make up the benchmark radar that teams & programs can compare against. When view your assessment results, select the Scale Icon   to bring up the Benchmarking Options pop up.

You can then select what you want to compare. You can select ‘All Teams’ to see how you stack up against the entire company, or you can filter it down through several different Tag options. These Tag options are different between a Program level and a Team Level.

Team Level

Program Level

Once you make your selection, the Radar will render and display the results.

You will then see the average of your team’s assessment results stacked up against the average of the entire company! The shading is there to help indicate the spacing between the the lines and pin point were your team is above or below the average of the entire company.

We have also created Infographics to give you little bit more depth into the benchmark data.The boxes below will display the Dimensions total score for the team and a total score for the company. It will then tell you if you are above or below the average and give you a percentage of the difference. 

The “Top 5 Competencies” section shows the team’s 5 highest competencies relative to the benchmark.  The “Lowest 5 Competencies” section shows the team’s 5 lowest competencies relative to the benchmark. These competencies may be higher or lower than the benchmark.

We have also included the Analysis table to drill down into each competences.


AHF Survey

We have developed a quick survey that can be launched following a retrospective to collect feedback about the facilitator and the retrospective. This feature can be enabled by a Site or Company Feature Admin. Once it is turned on, a new option will appear on the review & finish page of the assessment creation process. If selected, a short survey will be sent out to all participants after the end date of an assessment is reached.


Facilitator Dashboard

Company Admins will now have access to the Facilitator Dashboard. This dashboard will allow them to schedule retrospectives for facilitators within their organization as well as view the AHF survey feedback.


Scheduler

Company Admins will now have the ability to schedule retrospectives for all their facilitators in one location! The scheduler is set up much like and online calendar that will show you what retrospectives are coming up and allow you to schedule a other retrospectives based on your facilitator’s availability.