August 10, 2015
The previous dashboard I published here is useful for distributing and monitoring work in a team and presenting various (“old-school”) metrics like number of bugs, execution of test cases, etc.. It was quite handy in the team I worked in then but not very useful in the scrum team I’m in now.
The team scrum board gives a good overview of the team’s progress, but I’ve felt the need to present more test specific information that also supports they way we work with SBTM. It is also an opportunity to show other parts of the company what test gets up to, so I put together the following dashboard that I stick on the door to the test lab each morning.
- ‘Status’ and ‘Completion’ displays progress for each task
- The smileys show the perceived feeling of ‘Quality’
- ‘Setup’, ‘Test’, ‘Rep’ shows actual time spent for setting up a test, actual time testing and time spent on reporting. The pie-chart down in the right corner shows the accumulated time spent divided up on these three categories. Obviously most time should be spent on ‘Test’ and if a lot of time is spent on ‘Setup’ might indicate a problem.
- ‘Test Improvement Tasks’ and ‘Top-5 Quality Issues’ aims at drawing attention to what tasks the team is working to “continuously improve” and what issues needs the most attention.
- In the tab: Log (see screenshot below) I generally scribble down notes (read ‘problems’) each day which is of great help later. The smileys forms the highly non-scientific “Sprint Gut-Feeling Index” on the dashboard. My idea here is to log over time how the team experiences the Sprint.
If you want a copy you can download it here. The Dashboard was made in MS Excel 2013.