We’re on the lookout for the most impressive information radiator.  If you have a wallboard, status board, story wall or any other form of extreme feedback, we want to see it!

You could win a 55″ HDTV and other great prizes, just by telling us what’s on
your wallboard and why. See contest details below.

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What is an information radiator?

Simply put, an information radiator is a large display of critical information that is
continuously updated and located where the team can see it constantly.  This is an incredibly valuable tool for agile software development teams to share vital information and maintain focus on common goals.

alistair cockburn.jpgInformation radiators take on many different shapes and sizes.
Traditional implementations range from hand-drawn posters of burndown
charts to coloured sticky notes on a whiteboard.

The term “information radiator” was first coined by Alistair Cockburn his book, Agile Software Development back in 2000.  That’s why Alistair is part of our panel of experts helping us find the Ultimate Wallboard.

What is a wallboard?

statusboard.jpgA wallboard is a type of information radiator. It’s large, highly visible and easy to
understand for anyone walking by. Traditional wallboards are made of paper or
use sticky notes on a wall.  Modern electronic wallboards are very effective
since they update automatically with real-time data ensuring that people
check back regularly.

Successful agile development teams, including the guys at Panic, Inc. (see right), Cultured Code and even our own JIRA team, build their own custom wallboards to display the information that is critical to their needs.

We’d love to see what you put on your wallboard, so here’s an opportunity for you to share your information radiator.

The Ultimate Wallboard Contest

The contest is pretty simple… here is how it works:

  1. Provide a picture or video of your wallboard
  2. Tell us what’s on your wallboard and why
  3. Share with your friends and have them vote for your wallboard

What do I win?

Several prizes will be awarded, including some
big screen HDTVs, Mac Mini computers and, of course, t-shirts.  Check
out the details: http://ultimatewallboard.com/prizes.

How do I win?

There are several ways to win:

  • The Community Favourite will be judged by your peers (so tell your friends)
  • For both the Best “Old School” Wallboard and the Ultimate Wallboard grand prize, we’ll turn over the decision making to our panel of experts to determine who has the most impressive information radiators.

Our expert judges include:

  • Alistair Cockburn – one of “The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes” and co-author of the Agile Manifesto
  • Dave Thomas – visionary thinker and founding director of the Agile Alliance
  • David J. Anderson – agile evangelist, author and thought leader in Kanban and Lean software development methodologies
  • Dick Wall – veteran Java developer, reborn Scala developer and member of the Java Posse
  • Mike Cannon-Brookes – co-founder and CEO of Atlassian

Plus, the first 25 entries get a free t-shirt!  So what are you waiting for?  Enter today!

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