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Maintaining a Scrum task board with ARIS Express

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by Sebastian Stein in ARIS BPM Blog posted on 2011-08-11

Some days ago, I mentioned on Google Plus that I just completed my Scrum Master certificate. Our dear community members Ivo and Roland responded to my post sharing their experience in using ARIS to track a Scrum project. They both have some great ideas how to leverage ARIS for this purpose and I just want to spread the word about it. Thank you both for sharing!

Attached to this post you find a template of a Scrum task board done in ARIS Express. Task boards are used to visualize the current state of a Scrum sprint. If you don't know about Scrum, you might be interested to get this free process model of Scrum or a more detailed one of the Scrum sprint phase.

A Scrum task board shows the user stories selected from the product backlog for the current sprint. User stories are refined by the Scrum team into actual tasks. In the Scrum task board you can see in the column on the left the list of user stories. The other three columns contain tasks of the belonging user story on the left.

A task may have different states like "not started", "in progress" or "done". In fact, Scrum teams usually come up with their own state model for tasks and might add other stages like "in test". The task board can be used during the daily standup meeting (i.e. daily Scrum) to assign new tasks to team members and to discuss how to progress with the work.

I created this task board using the whiteboard diagram in ARIS Express. I also created some fragments for the different states of the tasks so that I don't have to do the formatting of tasks again and again.

Ivo and Roland are true professionals and do the Scrum task boards in our big tools like ARIS Business Architect. This gives them more freedom, because they can assign additional diagrams to each task. For example, one could assign an UML use-case diagram to a user story object or an application system diagram to a task to describe the intended application setup. So if you are driving your BPM project using Scrum or a similar methodology, you can use the same tool you create your models with to also monitor and steer the overall BPM project. That's the benefit of using an integrated repository!

Are you also using Scrum in your daily work? How do you track the progress within your Scrum team? Please share your thoughts with us!

PS: Just post a comment below or send me an email if you need a Google+ invite.

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Patrícia Pires posted on 2011-12-29


I need your help. I can't import the ADF file into BPA. It keeps sending the same message: The Model Type of Model .(yout model)... is not allowed by the filter you're using.

I've the Oracle BPA 11gR1 version installed with a local database. I've tried almost everything , but the one that works :)

DINESH TANDEL posted on 2011-12-30

Hi Patricia,

which filter you are using? Plz use filter "entire method" and try.


Dinesh Tandel

Patrícia Pires posted on 2012-01-02

Hi Dinesh

Tks but still doesn't work. After another try:

1º Step:  I imported the Express configuration in the administration menu

2º Step: with 2 options:

a) Extended configuration and import ADF Files, and

b) Import ADF files only.

 I've chosen a)

3º Step: Filter Choice

There's no 'entire method'. The available filter are:

- BPMN 2.0; Business Simulator filter; Oracle BPA Filter and SOA filter.

Tried almost every combination and still the same