Running a hackathon opens up lots of opportunities for your customers — namely to extend their current capabilities and learn something new. We held a two-day hackathon after the RallyON!™ 2015 Agile conference where our customers built custom apps and visualizations using the plethora of data that is the Rally platform. Our setup is slightly different than traditional hackathons or startup weekends in that we pair 1:1 developer to customer, sometimes 1:2 if there’s a common project.
By using Flowdock to communicate before, during, and after the hackathon, we made sure everything was captured in one place. It made life a little easier to alert the @team when food had arrived (nourishment is key) and to find each team’s #demo to show off their work.
On day one, we held a Lean Coffee discussion to address technical questions about Rally SDK and to give our engineers a chance to ask about the scope of the project — and make sure it could be completed within two days for demos (which we limited to three-minute screenshares).
What Our Customers Built
During the RallyON hackathon, teams created tons of great apps that you might want to add to your dashboard. Check out our GitHub repository from our Hackathons and our Community. We demoed a few live, but here are the recordings.
Chartmatic 5000 (winning app)
By Chris Sheridan from American Express and Kyle Morse
Dynamic charting app with custom filters using pie, cumulative flow, burnup, and bar chart with the count or total sum of the plan estimates.
By Mike Rejniak from MasterCard and Ben Ridge
Find test cases by their iteration sorted by Failed, Blocked, Not Run, and Passed, in order of importance.
By Kalpesh Shah from American Express and John Martin
Voting and cumulative flow diagram of whether features should pivot or persevere within a given project.
By Sarita Regmi and Terry Keay from Intel, and David Thomas
Identify health through accept commit changes and scope changes within the release for teams.
By Matt Cotton and Ryan Friedman from National Instruments, and David Wire
Integrate retrospectives back into the Rally platform to create, vote, and store one of the most important ceremonies in Agile.
By Allen Ringel from Intel and Garston Tremblay
Update your milestone dates and have your features dates update automatically.
By Armando Rosas from Intel and Kristy Corkan
Stacked bar chart based on risk category to give an overview of team’s risk.