The world of traditional project management is pretty simple. Create a project, set a bunch of tasks under it, assign, and let the ball roll.
It's all unicorns and rainbows as long as you want to track few tasks. But when you want to go beyond tracking tasks to understand how your feature is progressing, what do you do?
Ever since we wrote our first line of code, we’ve been conscious about how simple and effortless it is to use Zepel, to add work items, and to start tracking them. And our users have been loving it so far.
But in the last few months, we’ve been obsessed with taking this even further. To help you not just track tasks and user stories and see what status they are in... But to help you track your entire feature!
Now, that’s a big goal. You see, most organizations have their own way of building features. From the way teams are structured to how they iterate, and all the way to how they design, build, and test.
But all organizations that ship quality features have one thing in common - they know it takes a team to build features that satisfy their customers. And that means bringing members from every team to collaborate and work together.
So, when we took on this audacious goal of helping you see the progress of your feature, we knew we had to consider the different teams that help shape your features.
We took our first step towards that goal when we launched Boards so you can give every team a board tailor-made just for them.
And today, we’re taking our next step by introducing Progress.
Introducing Progress: Track features from start to finish
The first hurdle teams face when they are working on a feature is getting a grip on how much progress they’ve made. How much work is pending? How much have we progressed? Are we on track to build and ship the feature on time?
Progress is the command centre for you and your team. It gives you a full-blown picture of your feature’s entire life cycle - from a planned feature with a handful of user stories, all the way to its execution.
With Progress, key information about every feature your organization is working on is at your fingertips, so you can prioritize and plan your next steps.
But what does this mean for you in your day-to-day activities?
Plan for the road ahead
When building features, product managers have to switch back and forth between ensuring the feature ships on time and planning the next steps. As a result, their work is in multiple places with no way to keep track of the current feature’s status. And it's nearly impossible to plan future features with the context of what’s happening within the team right now.
While the rest of the team continues to work on the current feature, product managers effortlessly plan new features and prioritize them using Progress in the Kanban view.
Once the feature is ready to be worked on, product managers set:
- An owner, who will oversee the completion of the feature
- A duration to ensure the feature is built within a timeline, and
- A status to keep everyone updated on progress.
Monitor feature progress in real-time
With just a week left for your feature's release date and plenty of user stories getting completed and bugs getting added, the last thing you want is not knowing your launch is likely to be delayed.
Instead of manually constructing reports that quickly get outdated and are time-consuming, teams use Progress for real-time status updates on their feature.
Zepel might not be able to predict when your team members will take a sick leave or go on a vacation, but it can keep you sane during any unplanned disruptions in your feature release.
But wait, there’s more!
While Progress helps managers get a quick overview of the feature development so they can plan their next steps, it’s the Developers and other individual contributors who are involved in the daily activities of shaping the features. After all, any report is only as good as the updates your team make.
Which is why today we’re bringing My Tasks, so your team can work distraction free and keep everyone updated.
My Tasks in Zepel isn't just an exhaustive list of work items assigned to you. It can be grouped, sorted, and moulded to show items assigned to you in any way you want.
Want to see what’s due next? You’ve got that. Have something that’s estimated to take a long time? You can do that too!
While you can do all of these on Zepel with the Desktop Widget already, having quick access to your items right next to your project gives you the flexibility to work just the way you want.
And as an icing on the cake, we also took this opportunity to redesign projects and the sidebar. That way, you're just a click away from accessing key features your team is working on and track your team's work.
Whether you’re a developer, product manager, or an engineering leader, you should spend time doing what you do best - building quality features.
Not filling forms and waiting for pages to load.
With several choices at your customer's disposal, there's only one thing that matters most for your business - proactively satisfying your customer's needs. This launch is a step towards helping your team plan and track features so you achieve just that.
Go ahead, start tracking your next feature on Zepel. We can’t wait to see all the great features you build with it.