Places for information radiators

Big visible charts are a great way to convey information. The more visible something is, the less likely you are to forget or disregard it. This week we tried a new location, when we needed additional maintainers for a handful of systems: Right next to the rest rooms (the door slightly ajar is the Gents).

“Daemons looking for a maintainer”

Works pretty well, much better than the lone email, that we traditionally sent. Already 5 out of 6 daemons have found a loving home maintainer. Added bonus: By striking out these daemons we indicate the progress for everyone 🙂

I’d expect similar success in the kitchen, next to the coffee machine. And of course the entrance hall, but there we’re aiming for a polished solution with a big screen. I wonder, when we’ll have that up and running… 😉

PS: You aren’t using information radiators, yet and would like examples? We routinely display stuff in the following places:

  • Team rooms
    • Burndown, trys, …
  • Common area
    • SoS board, impediment board, …
  • Corridor the developers use frequently, opposite the PO room
    • Backlog, appointments for discussing certain stories, …

The best location for a piece of information depends on who needs to see it.

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Corinna Baldauf has filled every Scrum role there is and then some. Currently she spends most of her days writing and occasionally facilitating retrospectives. She's interested in lean, agile, coaching, leadership & UX. You can follow her on Twitter, subscribe to her (Retromat) newsletter and buy her books.

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  1. Addendum: One of my colleagues thinks the mentioned chart was successful not because of its place as such, but because it was a novelty. (That space is usually empty.) I think the novelty adds, but the location is the more important part. (Novelty doesn’t help, if the BVC is inside an unused cupboard ;))

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