Thursday, January 07, 2010

Introducing Scrumbot™

I’ve been trying to think of a use for Wave since I signed up, and so it is with great pleasure that today I can announce the launch of Scrumbot™.

Scrumbot is an Wave robot that uses advanced heuristics and natural language interpretation to manage agile development teams by participating in team Wave conversations.

Developers can share statistical information (such as task estimates) and status updates with Scrumbot using custom SML (Scrumbot Markup Language) tags, and Scrumbot will output useful team information such as progress updates, burndown statistics, identification of key task bottlenecks etc.

Scrumbot will learn how individual participants within a Wave interact, and will apply relevant adjustments to developers’ own estimates.

Scrumbot can be configured to improve team efficiency through the timely injection of key morale-building phrases (country-specific) to the Wave, and can automatically detect and destroy offensive language or aggressive behaviour.

Of course Scrumbot doesn’t really exist, yet. I just wanted to claim the name.

[Update: Scrumbot does now exist – you can add scrumbot1@appspot.com to your wave…]

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