How a Dashboard Development Process Revolutionizes Esports

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Want to find out how a real-time dashboard can revolutionize your eSports development process? 

This is an excellent question that will ensure that your app development is a success.

This expanding horizon of esports development is exciting, however, you also need appropriate processes, methods, and tools (PM&T) to manage such projects. That‘s where real-time and stunning dashboards assume importance in the esports development process.

Why a real-time dashboard for the esports app development process?

You will likely use the Agile SDLC model in your eSports development process. The nature of such projects requires iterative development where you will launch a “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) first and then enhance it based on market feedback. Agile helps in such projects.

I have explained this in “Waterfall vs Agile: which methodology is right for your project”.

A real-time dashboard is imperative to manage such projects. This is due to the following reasons:

  • A high volume of data to manage: Agile projects use many tools for tracking projects, running builds, managing releases, etc. The process generates an enormous amount of critical data. It‘s hard to get a big-picture view or extract actionable insights from important data without a real-time dashboard.
  • The need to track relevant metrics: Agile team needs to track various metrics at different intervals. Examples of such metrics are sprint burndown, epic and release burndown, velocity, the number of defects, and test coverage rate. Agile iterations are short, therefore, the team can‘t spend too long analyzing this metric. A real-time dashboard is a great help here.
  • Dashboards help the entire team know the “score”: Successful Agile organizations prominently display their real-time dashboards. This helps every team member know where the team stands. Nothing empowers a team more than knowing the reality.
  • Stakeholder management: You will need to report project status to the business stakeholders and the senior leadership team. Interactive dashboards with data visualizations in the form of line charts, bar charts, pie charts, area charts, etc. significantly help with conveying important information to the target audience.

Read more about this in “How do dashboards help agile software development teams?”.

How does a real-time dashboard help the esports development process?

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You will need to measure a set of key metrics to manage your esports development project. Equally important is the communication to the relevant stakeholders.

You will need to report the project status to the business, senior management, and team. I will now explain how a real-time dashboard helps, by touching upon each of these key metrics, as follows:

1. Sprint burndown

Let‘s first briefly understand the importance of “Sprint burndown”, as follows:

  • Agile teams often use the time-tested “Scrum” technique to manage the project. I have explained Scrum earlier in “How to build a Scrum development team?”.
  • Scrum teams set up time-boxed iterations called “Sprints”.
  • The team plans the volume of work they will complete during a sprint.
  • They then use a sprint burndown report to track the work.
  • The scrum team might use “story points” to quantify the work.
  • The x-axis in the report denotes time, whereas the y-axis indicates the work remaining.

You can read about sprint burndown in “Five agile metrics you won’t hate”.

A real-time dashboard has obvious benefits in tracking sprint burndown, as follows:

  • It offers a clear picture to all stakeholders about the status of the sprint.
  • The “Scrum master” can take corrective actions quickly when required.

We, at DevTeam.Space, use a real-time dashboard to convey the project status to all stakeholders. This helps as follows:

  • The dashboard covers sprint burndown with appropriate details.
  • It clearly shows the work completed and the work remaining.
  • This being an automated dashboard, you save the time to collate data.
  • The graphical representation helps in clear communication to your intended audience whether it is your team, business stakeholders, or senior leadership.

Read more about our real-time dashboard here.

2. Agile velocity

Agile Velocity is a key metric, due to the following reasons:

  • It measures how many story points a team has completed.
  • This measurement is an average over time, spanning a few sprints.
  • Velocity denotes the result, i.e., it communicates how many functionalities were delivered to the client over a certain period of time.
  • This metric assumes additional importance since you can use it to forecast the throughput of a team in future sprints.

Read more about this metric in “10 powerful Agile metrics – and 1 missing metric”.

Let’s see why a real-time dashboard is important vis-à-vis this metric, which is as follows:

  • An esports development project will likely have several workstreams and corresponding scrum teams. There could be one for the web app development, another for the Android app development, and so on. You need real-time actionable information to manage the overall work planning and work assignment for these teams. A dashboard is key here.
  • Just as you need to analyze the productivity of various scrum teams, you also need to apply good judgment. Different scrum teams have different story points with different complexity. Again, you need real-time meaningful insight to understand how each team is performing. This makes a real-time dashboard crucial for your esports development project.

At DevTeam.Space, our real-time dashboard is data-driven. Our teams set up sprints for different tracks of the project. You get bite-sized daily updates, and you can read them via the dashboard or via email.

Scrum teams use “Daily stand-up meetings” for project status reporting. I have explained how such empowered teams work in “What Is software development life cycle and what you plan for?”. You can use our dashboard for effective monitoring of different scrum teams in these daily meetings.

3. Lead time

Lead time is a key metric for your esports development project. Let’s understand it a bit deeper, as follows:

  • This metric measures the time taken for the development team to deliver a requirement.
  • Effectively, this is the elapsed time between the entry of the requirement in the project management system and its’ release to the customers.
  • If the lead time reduces, then that means that you are delivering the business requirements faster to your customers! Congratulations, you have made your Agile development environment more efficient!

Read about lead time in this Agile Alliance definition.

A real-time dashboard is very important to make the best use of this metric. This is due to the following reasons:

  • As I have described, you will likely have several parallel work streams in your project, with different teams.
  • The business plan of your clients will require you to meet specific milestone dates for the launching of the app.
  • When different teams work on different requirements in parallel, it‘s hard to judge whether you are improving your delivery processes. Clarity on the work of each team is important.
  • Different teams will work on different story points with varying complexity, therefore lead times will vary.
  • Sometimes, your lead time could be high, and there are clear justifications for that. When you communicate with your business stakeholders and senior leadership, you need the right information at hand to explain that. Business stakeholders consider it a very important metric for their future decision-making process. Read more about it in “The lead time and cycle time debate: when does the clock start?”.
  • Meaningful, actionable intelligence is crucial to managing these various streams and improving efficiency.

The good news is that we, at DevTeam.Space, have a data-driven process, and our real-time dashboard provides meaningful insights into the lead times of each team.

You as the project manager will see precisely how the lead times are for every kind of requirement. This makes it easier to pinpoint process improvement areas. Our dashboard also serves as an excellent communication tool for your use with your senior leadership team.

4. Cycle time

Cycle time, which is a subset of lead time, measures the time taken to complete a task. The following points are relevant here:

  • It‘s the elapsed time between the beginning and end of a task.
  • Cycle time should be less than the duration of a sprint.
  • This brings us to the real importance of cycle time. If it‘s more than the duration of the sprint then the team is taking more time to complete tasks than the project plan allows. That‘s typically an issue, therefore, the scrum master needs to course-correct.

Read more about cycle time in “Agile & lean metrics: cycle time”.

A real-time dashboard is important here, due to the following reasons:

  • You will know when the project risks a schedule overrun, even before your customers raise a concern.
  • A real-time dashboard provides early warning, therefore, you can analyze the root causes of high cycle time. This helps in implementing corrective actions.

We, at DevTeam.Space, accord high importance to cycle time, and our real-time dashboard reflects that. Let’s see how.

Tracking cycle time since the beginning of the project helps you to establish a baseline. This maximizes the benefit of cycle time tracking since you know exactly where you stand at a given point in time.

Read “Why cycle time may be the most important metric in software development” to know more about this. Our data-driven real-time dashboard lets you do exactly that!

5. “Cumulative Flow Diagram”

“Cumulative Flow Diagram” (CFD) is quite a different kind of Agile metric. This comes from the Kanban method. The importance of CFD stems from the following factors:

  • It shows the summary status of tasks across workflow stages.
  • Agile teams can draw CFD for a sprint, for a release, or even for different workstreams.
  • CFD does a great job of indicating where bottlenecks are in the process. Read more about CFD in “Team Kanban”.
  • If you find a disproportionately large number of tasks in one workflow stage, you know there is probably an issue in that stage. For e.g., if you find many tasks showing up in the verification stage, then you know that not enough people have been allocated for that stage.

Why is CFD different from most other Agile metrics? The reasons are as follows:

  • You might have a project that involves several workstreams. Each workstream might involve developing one product. That fits the bill for your esports development, isn‘t it?
  • Assume that you have two workstreams to develop the esports app for mobile devices, with one for the Android app and the other for the iOS app. Let‘s assume you have another workstream for the web app. You might have to report the project status to different business stakeholders for these workstreams in the form of detailed reports.
  • Quite obviously, as a PM, you have done your homework and you know how each stakeholder processes information. You will likely create different CFD charts for each of them. That’s easy since it’s just a matter of formatting.
  • The challenge lies in gathering the data for CFD from different data sources through writing your own queries! Read “Explaining the cumulative flow diagram” for more information. You need to get real-time status for each task in each of the workstreams.

A real-time dashboard is important for CFD since it allows you to gather the data for each task. You can then use formulae to create your CFD for more than one dashboard, and present it in ways that suit individual stakeholders.

We, at DevTeam.Space, provide you with all the necessary data for your CFD. From that granular task-level data, it‘s easy for you to prepare a CFD that will show where the team might be stretched, causing bottlenecks.

Planning to launch a great esports app?

Technical architecture, requirements analysis, design, development, testing, and deployment are important for a strategic esports development project. However, such a project needs more than that. It‘s likely a complex project.

Create dashboards to show your complete data story in the form of data visualization like a line chart, bar chart, etc. Start by selecting important metrics, metrics formats, and levels of matrics. The result is a dashboard complete with views for every department from human resources, sales team, marketing team, to IT and engineering teams.

While our real-time business intelligence dashboard will help with the esports development process, you might need end-to-end project management expertise. Read “How to find the best software development company?” to know how you can get such help for your dashboard design process.

If you are still looking for such a professional software development company, why not contact DevTeam.Space via this quick form and one of our technical managers will reach out to explain to you how we can help with the dashboard creation process, and project planning, execution, management, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions on Dashboard Development Process

1. How you can expedite the esports development process using real-time dashboard development?

Esports development tends to be complex, and you need the right tools to manage such projects. A real-time dashboard helps you to manage the high-volume data generated by the Agile development process. Creating dashboards helps you to track relevant metrics using key performance indicators, keep the team up-to-date, and manage stakeholder expectations.

2. What are the challenges that esports development teams face?

Esports development teams face the following challenges:
Stringent deadlines: The esports market is highly competitive and fast movers dominate the market. Development teams often face stringent deadlines.
Complexities: Esports development projects often have fluid requirements since it’s a dynamic market. Coupled with stringent deadlines, this makes esports development projects quite complex.

3. Which metrics can you track when you use a real-time dashboard in an esports development project?

You can track several metrics using a real-time dashboard, e.g.:
Sprint burndown;
Agile velocity;
Lead time;
Cycle time;
Cumulative flow diagram (CFD).

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