4 Great Herogami Tips & Tricks

If you’re new to Herogami, just getting your feet wet using the tool, and are wondering what productivity tricks there are in the software that can make you a more efficient worker, then this post is for you. We’ve collected 4 of the best tips and tricks so you can turbocharge the way you work in Herogami. Read on!

Remember to mark the current sprint as starred

Enter a project and select menu More / Sprints to list all planned sprints for the project. You’ll notice that, by rolling the mouse over the leftmost column a blue star symbol will lighten up. Clic on the star to make that sprint current and have it as the default option for all your filters and data entry panel.

The current sprint is also summarized in the project dashboard, it is therefore a good practice to set sprints as current as your projects progress.

Share information on the Project Wiki

Teams, nowadays, have an amazing choice of tools to share information on projects and their functional or technical aspects, escaping the e-mail attachment plague that has characterized pre-cloud ages. We see companies using Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and file storage services of various sorts.

But sometimes you want to keep the information very close to the project campfire of Herogami and the Wiki provides an amazing tool for this task. Entering posts in the Herogami Wiki is a breeze with the stylized input frame which, by the way, also accepts images flowing along body text.

Wiki posts can be easily categorized with no limits whatsoever on the number of categories or types. Say you create a support category to record first and second-level support practices or and getting on-board category to collect information for future developers what the project is about and how its mechanics work. 

Documents in separate tool are work too but, being so close to your actual planning tasks, for information like this there is no better place than the Herogami Wiki.

Enter effort to improve sprint reviews

Herogami provides a hefty set of fields to estimate and track effort. When editing stories and issues you’ll notice that section Effort Estimates and Tracking lists a fields for estimation of effort and dates and for tracking the actual effort / dates reached at completion.

The estimate fields contains previsional data, while actual fields are reserved for ex post input. When starting a sprint, make sure you enter the estimate effort and dates, then fill the actual devoted effort and reached dates when closing the item. Your team has the option of downloading such data using the Export feature found at the bottom of all Kanban boards and review consistently any gaps between estimate and actual efforts and date to improve the outcome of future planning activities. 

Notify team members of your comments with @email

You may need to clarify the content of a story or report that an issue is hard to reproduce. The quickest way to keep track of every aspect of your work is to enter a comment into the Notes section of issues and stories. Herogami will record all your comment and even offer the option to share your comment with one or more of your peers on the project.

When entering a note, hit the @ character on your keyboard to open a popup menu listing all your team mates. Select one or more names to have their name entered like @email in your note, Herogami will immediately send the note all selected peers.

Grumpy Herogami, Architect

01 Mar 2017