Agile Project Management in German Startups

German-startupsAfter looking into Lithuanian startups and their views on Agile we wanted to compare them with startups from other countries. This time we took on Germany and surveyed startups from various fields asking them what they knew about project management and agile.

While the two surveys yielded similar results in that Agile practices are well known and practiced, there were some key differences as well. Within Lithuanian startups Scrum and Kanban were used by an overall majority of Agile practitioners, while in German startups, they only racked up half of the votes, leaving more space for Scrumban and other methods.

Lithuanian and German startups also found disagreement in the positives and negatives of Agile. One party said that the practice increases team motivation, while other stated the opposite. Time planning, process control and result evaluation were also mentioned – see the full infographic to see how they compared.

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Eylean Board now available on Windows 10

eylean-listed3We are happy to announce that as off last week, Eylean Board has been published on Windows 10 Download page and is now accessible to all of its users.

In creating Eylean Board, we strive to make the lives of our clients easier and go step in step with the latest trends. We make sure to stay up to date to the changing project management practices, evolving methodologies and the changing technology. Therefore, as long time Windows users ourselves, we are excited to have our product now available for all versions of Windows – Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and the newest addition of Windows 10.

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Lithuanian Startups on Project Management

After looking into how Lithuanian startups use Agile practices, we were intrigued and decided to dig a little deeper. So we went out again and asked startups what project management practices they know, use and why. The results are presented below in our brand new infographic.

Enjoy and share your experiences with us!


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Why did US weapon manufacturers choose a startup from Lithuania?

Weapon manufacturers are among the biggest and the most powerful companies in the world. However, despite all their accomplishments, they have a couple of weaknesses as well. One which is their data that, if leaked, could cause tremendous trouble for the company and the stakeholders. That is why the security of data is taken very seriously and that is why some of these companies are turning to the Lithuanian startup Eylean.

board_big Eylean is a project management software for teams and companies of all sizes. And only three years after starting operations, multinational companies such as L3 Communications, British Petrolium, Tesla Motors, If and others are on the client list. Unlike most of the project management tools Eylean Board is not cloud-based. It offers a great variety of features for project management, however not being in the cloud is the feature that attracts the big companies with the sensitive data most.

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Eylean in Slush – biggest startup conference in Europe

Eylean team traveled to Finland and had a great time in one of the biggest startup events in Europe – “Slush“.
Well, to start with… It was cold, but it took only one day to get a warm cozy feeling as you belong there. Huge number of brightly minded people were met and great ideas were seen. The best part is that we were indeed contributing to the startup ecosystem in Finland and abroad as Eylean board offered free licenses for each company participating in the event. Let us all hope that those licenses will be used to build something big and world changing, like cool medical gadgets that can check your vision and predict diseases (our visions were perfect… this means abusive time spent near PC is not so bad at all, yay) or hologram projecting software. Finally, we want to say thanks to all the Slush organizers and participants who made this event a great time and fun, keep up the good work guys and don’t forget to control your project by using scrum or kanban board in Eylean.

P.S. “Pics or it didn’t happen…” Few images just to prove that we were there and even got kidnapped by ninjas!

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Busyflow Co-Founder & CEO: Our Development Process is “Chaotic Agile”

BusyFlow integrates cloud applications into one dashboard, helping teams collaborate and work together more efficiently. The company works with numerous APIs, codes in Python and has just launched their Android app. We are talking with their CEO Jaro Satkevic on their development process – and how they adjusted it to make developers happier.

Tell us about yourself. What does your company do and what is your role?

I am the CEO and co-founder of BusyFlow. Busy Flow is app that integrates different productivity and collaboration tools, like Dropbox, Trello, BaseCamp, Google Drive and other tools into one workspace where people can see the changes, act on them and collaborate together. I am a co-founder and I manage the developer team.

Are you a developer yourself?

Yes, I am. But at the moment most of the time I am doing other activities in our start-up.

Can you tell us how big is your team? How many people and how is it organised?

At the moment we have four people. We also have two more people related to our company – a designer and an iOS developer – who help us when needed. So actually it is me and three other developers in our team.

Can you tell us about your development process? How does it typically work?

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Screach CTO: Do Not Be Afraid To Change Things

Screach is an award-winning Newcastle-based company that delivers interactive experiences between digital screens and mobile phones, such as a trivia quiz in a pub or an awesome mobile-controlled game on a digital billboard. We are speaking today with their CTO David Challener on how the team manages its development process.

Tell us about yourself. What does Screach do and what is your role?

Screach delivers interactive experiences with digital screens. The easiest example is the following: Imagine an interactive quiz running on a screen in a pub, and people using a mobile app to answer the questions in real time. We set up that interactivity between the mobile app that we call Screach, and the digital screen. We have done quizzes, crowd voting and interactive games, to name but a few. We did one experience for insurance firm SwiftCover in which a course was shown on a big screen, and passers-by were challenged to steer a car along it using their phones as a joypad.
We’ve also built a hardware product called ScreachTV, which allows venues like bars and restaurants to put targeted, relevant and engaging smartphone-compatible experiences such as quizzes, messages, offers and games on their TVs. They’re in around 100 UK venues already as well as some in New York, and that’s increasing all the time.

And you are the CTO of the company, right?

Yes. So anything technical basically goes through me and my team.

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YPlan Co-Founder & CTO: Hire Very Smart People And Let Them Loose

YPlan event app has launched in London just three weeks ago – and has already received rave reviews both from the media, customers and Stephen Fry himself. We are talking today to their Co-Founder & CTO Viktoras Jucikas on how they organize their development process. 

What does YPlan do?

YPlan is tonight’s going out app. We are helping people to discover events to go to, for the same night. We give the consumers a beautifully designed app where they can see a short, curated list of events, select the ones they like, pay in two taps, and go to the event on the same evening. There is no need to make any phone calls, print any paper tickets, go to any third-party website – you pay what you see on the app. It is a very smooth and slick experience for the user, and you just get to see the show you like on the very same evening.

What is your role in the company?

I am a co-founder and CTO of YPlan.

How big is your development team? How is it organized?

At the moment the whole YPlan team is 17 people. We grew from two founders four months ago to 17 people now. It has been pretty manic in the first two months, when I would basically onboard two new joiners every week. In the development team we currently have three dedicated developers, myself as not so dedicated developer, one UI designer, one on-and-off UX designer, and a contractor who does our website bit.

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Ovelin CEO: Take Time To Plan Before Acting

Helsinki-based startup Ovelin has developed two wildly successful guitar-learning games – becoming #1 music game in 34 countries with their games WildChordsGuitarBots, and guitar tuner app GuitarTuna. We are talking to their CEO Christoph Thür on how they organize their development process.

Tell us about yourself. What does your company do and what is your role?
I am the co-founder and CEO of Ovelin. We are making learning to play the guitar fun and motivating with computer games. You can play our games with a real guitar on your laptop, and you do not need any kind of special guitar or special equipment. The microphone on your device listens to what you play and then the game gives you real-time feedback if you do well or not – just like a guitar teacher would. The game is packaged in a fun way, so it is easy to approach, simple and step-by-step – and if you do well, you unlock harder levels.

How big is your development team? And how is it organized?
We are eight people on the development side. We have a visual artist, a 3D artist, an audio signal-processing expert, the lead programmer, and two additional programmers – one of which works on the game side and the other one – on the server side. We also have one person who is making the game content – the exercises, the tutorial material and the music. And we have a musician.

The team is based in Helsinki, except the audio signal-processing and the music guys, who are based in Tampere. They are coming here every week for one or two days, and then we have the whole team together.

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Archify’s CTO: Do Not Overmanage Your Project

Today we are talking to Archify – the providers of an awesome personal archiving service – and their CTO Gerald Bäck. The company is based in Berlin, but their team is distributed across the whole Europe – and Gerald shares how they manage their development process.

Tell us about yourself. What does your company do?

I am Gerald, the CTO of Archify. Archify is a company that helps you find things again you have already seen. Let’s say you have read an article on a website, or saw a video somewhere – if you do not exactly remember where you have seen it, it is often very complicated to find it again. Archify can help you with that. We are recording and archiving every website you browse with a screenshot and the full text, and we are also archiving every update in your social stream, including your friends’ updates on Facebook and Twitter. Archify captures all that and makes it searchable for you.

Great. Can you tell us about your development team? How big is it and how is it organized?

Currently we are a team of four – and it is spread all over Europe. Max and me are the founders of the company – and we are based in Berlin. We both still work as developers, as we really enjoy developing. We also have another guy who does front end development and design – he is currently living in Portugal and will join us in Berlin next year. And we have one more developer in Ukraine. Not really a very centralized team.

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