Aside from being the high point of a visit by a number of McKinsey Management Consultants (who apparently stopped to take pictures – no joke), the Epic Board also got the nod of approval from Howard Averill, CFO of Time Inc.
Although I use this board to track our development programme across multiple products, teams and sprints, the Epic Board can also be a very useful project management tool. See The Epic Board – An Essential Project Management Tool.
I introduced the Epic Board as a programme management tool – a tangible release plan that can help you to plan software development programmes comprising multiple separate projects combined with Business As Usual Activities.
The more I use the Epic Board, the more I love it.
Make no mistake about it, I don’t think this tool should (or could) replace a Scrum Task Board – it’s totally different…
So, when do you use Scrum practices, when should you consider Lean practices and when should you consider using Epic Boards?
The inspiration for this tool was the good old Scrum Task Board, a hugely useful Collaboration, Planning and Project Management tool. However, the strength and the limitation of Task Boards rest with the fact that they are focused at an iteration level. Cards on the board represent stories and tasks being addressed by a single team during a single iteration.