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 impedimentmonkey.com. The service is also available as a privately-hosted enterprise solution.