The Ping methodology
Ping can be used as just a tool for your current needs, but it’s what we call NYAIT (pronounced: nya-ayt): Not Yet Another Issue Tracker. The current Beta already differs considerably from most 1:1 implementations of Scrum, Kanban or personal time organizers, so some explanations are due. And we are here to deliver.
This time it’s personal
Ping is about YOU. Not in the corporate sense, as in automated newsletters with your name put somewhere between the Premium and Ultra-Premium pricing. The way Ping organizes your work is strictly personal, and the goal is to make it a single place to track both your professional and private matters.
Most existing tools implement such a concept in separate views that you have to switch between, with a filtering system or separate accounts. While Ping has tags and different views as options for your convenience, the whole idea behind it is that you won’t end up with an invite from your workplace that will be tied to your corporate e-mail and useless outside of the 9-5 grind.
Not a MLM
Most apps for tracking tasks give you options to delegate specific tasks, mention other people or otherwise collaborate. That’s great, but due to the abundance of different systems we all ended up in a mess. The reason behind it, is that every-single-person requires an account. If you choose a platform that’s cool, but to truly collaborate you usually need to invite others right away, and all of them have to maintain these accounts. Some apps do it better (like Trello allowing for boards shared with just a link, albeit with limited functionality), others are horrible in this regard (JIRA has pricing tied to seats).
Due to my career and network, I have to constantly keep profiles in multiple tools (at the current moment: JIRA, Asana, Trello, Clickup). Logging into all of them is inefficient, and notifications quickly end up mixed. Once upon a time I have worked in a gargantuan project in JIRA, where due to business and security requirements all end customers had to have limited access to specific data and required accounts. Despite the organization itself having just 50 employees, the pricing for JIRA ended up at the 5K users plan and the effort to convince all of them to create these accounts took months. Then they never logged in, because let’s face you all of us were once invited to a system we never bothered to visit again.
Most existing systems focus on specific due dates that you can send reminders about. Excluding a 3rd-party addon for Trello (called aging cards) pretty much everyone on the market fails to understand that humans are not CRON tasks on a server – we don’t run solely based on strict days and hours like a machine. Rather, we focus on plans and estimates, and work shifts faster than one could say “Try Ping Beta now”.
A system reminding you constantly that a task is due for the last 8 hours is a bit like a mam nagging her child to do math homework: it helps only if you are truly and utterly lazy or forgot about something, but in most cases you are/were busy with something else (even another homework) and are already fully aware of the delay. Constant repetition of “deal with this and that now” does not help at all, it only irritates.
Humans > Processes
Ping is not a way to implement Scrum, Kanban, SAFE, Prince2 or any other methodology in the most strictest and template-driven way. Over the last few years Agile has been often wrongly implemented as a golden bullet, a set of rules everyone needs to implement without modifications or thinking and Ping is probably not a good way to achieve this.
Rather than focusing on a specific type of processes for consultants and PMs, we are actively researching and working on creating a tool that supports actual human work, with all of the pros and cons that come with it. We envision Ping as the 1st tool only market that facilitates work instead of adding it, as something that employees or friends that you recommend it to will gladly use, as opposed to most of the current platforms that they welcome with a “damn, another place to input obvious stuff manually” attitude.
You can help us!
If our genesis and ideas speak to you, we’d be extremely grateful for any contributions. Ping is currently in development, we are collecting feedback and conducting research both on how you work, as well as from beta testers.
The best way to help is to simply let us know what projects you run and how. You can also sign up to get access to a beta of Ping right here.