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Kiwi firm Psoda claims 'world first' use of AI to automate agile project management

Kiwi firm Psoda claims 'world first' use of AI to automate agile project management

Computer vision is bridging the gap between physical and electronic kanban boards, says Psoda CEO Bruce Aylward

Development teams have different preferences for whether their kanban boards are physically on a wall or purely online, but we’ve made it easy to take advantage of both approaches

Psoda CEO Bruce Aylward

Psoda is applying machine vision AI to automate one of the most common frustrations with Agile project management – synchronising physical and digital kanban task boards.

 Kanban boards tracking tasks with colourful sticky-notes are now common in most software and project management offices.

But after each team stand-up meeting one unfortunate team member is often left with the job of manually updating the project management software.

Psoda’s CEO Bruce Aylward says the PsodaVision app lets Agile teams upload a photo of their kanban into Psoda’s project management software where computer vision algorithms automatically identify cards in the photo and detect which column and position they are in now.

The user confirms this is correct and enters the description of any new cards while AI automatically handles any overlaps, rotations or background noise on the cards.

He says using computer vision to bridge the gap between physical and electronic kanban boards this way is a world-first.

“Different development teams have different preferences for whether their kanban boards are physically on a wall in their office or purely online, but with PsodaVision we’ve made it easy to take advantage of both approaches.”

 Aylward says the Psoda team built the algorithms for the app.

“When we first set out to add this to our suite of project management tools, we thought we might be able to plug-in an existing tool,” he explains. “We were surprised to find that no one had already done this so we decided to build it ourselves.”

He says alternative systems required pre-printed cards or printed QR codes rather than a photo of just sticky notes.

Aylward explains despite the emergence of electronic boards, physical kanban boards continue to be popular.

He says some companies that have been using electronic kanban boards are even going back to using the physical boards. 

“There is this ‘rah-rah’ moment of moving the card across,” indicating they have finished with that post, he tells CIO New Zealand.

Blair Schmidt, strategic project management director at Massey University, says PsodaVision will make a big difference to their technology and continuous improvement teams’ work.

“It offers developers the best of both worlds,” says Schmidt.

“Teams get the benefit of face-to-face interaction as they move stickies and discuss processes as well as project management software benefits such as links to additional detail, reporting or their expanded backlog.”

Aylward says the app is available for Psoda’s existing users, and anyone can sign up for a free-one month trial of their project portfolio management suite including PsodaVision.

He says the Psoda suite of cloud-based portfolio, programme and project management software is used around the world to manage over $10 billion worth of programmes and projects. 

In New Zealand, he says users include the Ministry of Education, Land Information NZ, Hutt Valley DHB and Countdown. 

 


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