To get the most out of the tool and enhance the organization of your project, we suggest following these helpful tips:
- Create small work items: Dealing with big tasks or user stories is more complex and overwhelming, so we recommend taking some time to break them down to a reasonable size.
- Avoid multitasking: Try not to put many tasks in progress at the same time and, if you need to put on several hats inside your team, try to group tasks of the same type and work in batches. Switching context is costly and affects concentration and productivity, so the less you do it, the better.
- Iterate: Iterative development is a great approach to tracking progress, reducing risk and simplifying your scope, enabling you to focus more effectively. We provide boards with deadlines as a flexible way to create iterations without any strict guidelines on how to define them. However, it is highly recommended to establish short and time-bound milestones (e.g. sprints in Scrum) for constant evaluation, which can be very beneficial.
- Use a dedicated time for planning: If you plan things as you go or as ideas come to your mind, you may not be looking at the big picture and could make mistakes or overcomplicate your roadmap. We recommend dedicating recurrent sessions to evaluate what’s going on and plan for the future.
- Keep the tool updated: Sometimes may seem that you or your team are spending too much time on keeping HacknPlan updated. However, despite this could look like a waste of time, it’s very positive for several reasons:
- It removes uncertainty and aligns your team.
- It avoids errors or misunderstandings about what has to be done.
- It gives you a perception of progress and achievement.
- It allows you to assess your own performance and revisit previous tasks to identify areas for improvement, which can be very beneficial in numerous ways.