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New Sprint Burndown Charts in ScrumWorks Pro

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Two months after their last release, Danube is now releasing the next version of ScrumWorks Pro, their Scrum implementation framework.  ScrumWorks Pro 4.3 derives many of its new features from customer requests on Danube's Community Portal, which debuted several months ago.  These new features include modifications to the Sprint Burndown Chart, Team Member Load Reports, and Editor enhancements.

ScrumWorks Pro 4.3 also includes several resolved issues.  A security issue relating to Active Directory installations that are configured to accept empty passwords was fixed.  Issues with Java Web Start caching have also been resolved.  Besides the bug fixes, there are also several new enhancements and features that were requested by users.

The Sprint Burndown Chart got a serious upgrade in ScrumWorks Pro 4.3.  Now there is a second line in the chart: 'Tasks Done/Not Done'.  Teams that don't use task-level estimation will find this new feature beneficial because they can still "burn down" tasks in Sprint.  To support task burndown, the tasks in the Sprint Burndown Chart no longer require estimates. 

Sprint Details

The Team Member Load Report for ScrumWorks Pro now shows the amount of task hours that haven't been allocated to team members yet.  This lets team members visualize the total unallocated capacity in a sprint.  Users can also select a sub-set of the product backlog or sprint from the product window to get a sub-total of the PBIs/Tasks and their effort estimates.  The sub-total appears in the new status bar and eliminates the need for manual math.  The option to exclude selected Themes from filtered or highlighted results is now available, and the Editor now includes the item's key for quicker identification.

Danube CEO and President Laszlo Szalvay has been impressed with the level of collaboration going on in Danube's Community Portal just a few months after it opened.  He said, "Hearing from our user-base in such a direct way has allowed us to focus on improvements that generate immediate value for our users as well as accelerate the rate at which we deliver upgrades. In my mind, this is an illustration of what can happen when the makers of a tool and its community of users can unite around a common goal—improving project and program management with Scrum."

Danube produces a free version of its software called ScrumWorks BasicScrumWorks Pro 4.3 can be purchased for $289 a year, per user or a permanent license can be purchased at $500 per user.

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