The dBoard: a Digital Scrum Board for Distributed Software Development

Morten Esbensen, Paolo Tell, Jacob Benjamin Cholewa, Mathias Kindsholm Pedersen, Jakob Bardram

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In this paper we present the dBoard - a digital Scrum Board for distributed Agile software development teams. The dBoard is designed as a 'virtual window' between two Scrum team spaces. It connects two locations with live video and audio, which is overlaid with a synchronized and interactive digital Scrum board, and it adapts the fidelity of the video/audio to the presence of people in front of it. The dBoard is designed to work (i) as a passive information radiator from which it is easy to get an overview of the status of work, (ii) as a media space providing awareness about the presence of remote co-workers, and (iii) as an active meeting support tool. The paper presents a case study of distributed Scrum in a large software company that motivates the design of the dBoard, and details the design and technical implementation of the dBoard. The paper also reports on an initial user study, which shows that users found the dBoard both useful and easy to use. Based on this work, we suggest that superimposing collaborative applications onto live video is a useful way of designing collaborative meeting and awareness systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS’15)
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3899-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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