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Release Update: Manage PI Planning Agenda, Team Capacity, and Planning Scrum of Scrums
Release Update: Manage PI Planning Agenda, Team Capacity, and Planning Scrum of Scrums

August 2021 Release

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With this release, Kendis brings a new experience for your Program Increment Planning that will enable all your release train members to be able to access a centralized agenda, with multiple timezone support and engage better with a unique Planning SoS experience that will help RTEs and Scrum Masters.

With this exciting new Release, you can;

  • Create your PI Agenda

  • Enter capacity for individual team members

  • Input Program Roles, names, and location

  • Set up virtual rooms for ceremonies and team breakouts

  • Run the planning Scrum of Scrums

1. Manage PI Agenda

You don't need to send multiple calendar invites for common sessions or team breakouts. Kendis agenda management will help you with

  • Set team locations

  • Date and time of each planning day

  • Use default template to pre-fill the agenda items

  • Meeting room links for your common or team break out sessions (Simply copy the URL for your MS Teams, Zoom, or any other collaboration service)

2. Team Capacity Management

Team capacity is accessible via the More menu option and it offers comprehensive management for your team capacities. You can

  • Set default capacity value: This will be applied whenever a new team member is added to a team

  • Summary of the team by team capacity

  • Able to add capacity per user per sprint

  • Set location and role for a team member. These are optional fields.

  • Add "Non-Kendis" users to the team capacity list: You may search them from your agile tool (Jira/AzureDevOps) or create a new user with name and email. Adding a Non-Kendis user will not consume your Kendis license.

Search Users from Jira or AzureDevOps

Click on the Users drop-down and then select "Search from Jira" or "Search from AzureDevOps", depending on the agile tool you use.

Type the name of the user and results will be shown from your agile tool directory, e.g., in this case from Jira. Once you see the result, simply click on the user name and it will be added to your list. Once the user is added, they will become "Non-Kendis" users and will be available for selection in the user's list for the next time.

3. Planning SoS (Scrum of Scrums)

It is an important part of the PI or big room planning. Kendis provides a comprehensive way to manage this process Kendis.

  • Create multiple Planning SoS sessions.

  • Set date, time, and the "Virtual Room" link

  • First Planning SoS will be created with the default questions.

  • You may add, edit or remove questions.

  • Copy template options with the ability to copy answers from other sessions.

  • Get a summary of how many teams have answered the questions.

  • In case a team is blocked on any step, red background and a blocked icon will be visible to get instant visibility.

4. Program Roles

With this section, you can define program roles, each team scrum master, and product owner information.

Other Enhancements and Improvements

There have been few enhancements and bug fixes done as part of this release update. Most importantly, now Smart Reports would still work if your webhook is not working. Previously, if your webhook wasn't working then some sections of the Smart Reports wouldn't show the data, e.g., scope changes, or done stories. With this release update, now when you perform the "Resync Board"​, smart reports will pick up all the changes.

Kendis Enterprise Version (For self-hosted customers)

  • 17 August 2021: Main release update
    Self-hosted Kendis Build is updated with the following version
    Build Version: 3c7d5fbae1ca53f7643aa67181ba03c0aeb8e3bb
    Direct download
    Linux installation

  • 08 September: Minor bug fixes
    Version: 12d9385dfebfededea3ccf21bb1c514da1926de6
    Build Version: 202007-

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