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Trouble Managing Your Impediments? Use Impediment Monkey

Written by  Sudheer Raju | 15 March 2012
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impedimentsManaging impediments is usually a pain for any scrum master or a scrum team. No matter how much ever you try they are guranteed to appear almost on a daily basis. Would you want to manage them effectively? Then here is an impediment-tracking tool from Agile Advantage, Inc. for software development teams that use Agile, Scrum, Lean and Kanban methods at

For teams using these new methods, continuous improvement is a critical focus. But relentless focus on problems can be demoralizing, so efforts gradually lose momentum and team productivity gains are lost. Impediment Monkey counteracts the drudgery by adding fun. Louie, the official Impediment Monkey mascot, helps lighten the mood as users enter, track, and resolve the issues that are blocking productivity.

“In larger-scale Agile environments, we know that individual teams run into organizational roadblocks – but often don’t know that other teams face the same issues,” explained Brent Barton, Agile Advantage co-founder and President. “Impediment Monkey helps identify the organizational issues so management can take action, helping the teams accelerate software delivery.”

The founders of Impediment Monkey’s parent company, Agile Advantage, are experts in large-scale Agile, Lean, and Kanban adoption for software development organizations. The web-based service was created to help both co-located and virtual teams centralize identification and tracking of organizational impediments. Users can email impediments to Impediment Monkey, making it easy to capture new issues. Collaborators are automatically invited to the site, and a variety of reports help keep items visible and moving toward resolution. Plus, users earn banana rewards for acting on impediments.

Interested ScrumMasters, program managers, and software development leaders can use Impediment Monkey at no charge at The service is also available as a privately-hosted enterprise solution.

Sudheer Raju

Sudheer Raju

Founder of ToolsJournal, a technology journal on software tools and services. Sudheer has overall accountability for the webiste product development and is responsible for Sales and Marketing. With a flair to write, Sudheer himself writes for toolsjournal across all journal categories.

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