Who and why is YOUR team is "Blocked?" Working remotely is more common than ever, and our colleagues can be blocked and struggle silently. Visibility and focus are needed to keep work flowing. Get notified immediately when a colleague needs help.
Sometimes your team is a dependency on another team completing work. Knowing and being notified when your team blocks another team helps prioritize the urgency of new work with others' blocked work needs. We are all in this together. Flow is an organization problem.
It must be easy to capture the reason you are blocked. "Blocked" works on the web and your phone. Wherever you are, capturing a reason work is stalled is just a few taps. We have made capturing blockers simple enough that it "might" be done!
We understand the impact of blocked work. High work in progress is the leading reason lead-times are excessive. We think unnecessarily excessive. Helping teams and team members see a consolidated list of blocked work and helping those team members understand those blockers' urgency and impact will cause the right actions. Improving the flow and improving the predictability of customer value delivery.
Work tracking systems like Jira, Planview, and Azure DevOps do a great job of recording the backlog of work and even the work status, but they frankly don't highlight when work isn't moving - until its too late. We also know that not every reason or external vendor has a way to access that work item tracking tool - blockers can happen OUTSIDE the work tracking system and get "lost" in the noise.
"Blocked" is different. It is lightweight enough to create and notify another team or external vendor that you are "Blocked" by them as a dependency - EASY and fast.
As we move beyond a post COVID world, where many organizations embraced remote workers as business as usual, "Blocked" will help you make sure that these valued remote workers can raise their hand when they are struggling; and teams to raise their hand when another internal or external party is blocking their progress. Capture, manage, resolve, and fix the root causes of the reasons work gets blocked.