After you have downloaded LYNX and created your user-account in LYNX and logged into LYNX, you will automatically receive your own personal and pre-configured demo space and sample data.
Your space will be named using the information from your email address and user-id. For example firstname.lastname@example.org will get as demo space "tom.smith space"
This article explains the examples already prepared in the demo space, which allows you to quickly explore and experience some of the core features and benefits of LYNX and LYNX TameFlow.
The demo space contains basic examples and most common configurations and set-up. There are many more possibilities to further optimize and tune LYNX and LYNX TameFlow. More information can be found in the various sections of the help-center.
We also recommend to follow the instructions of this article Get started with LYNX for CCPM in 30 minutes, as this article focuses on adding new projects, tasks, etc. yourself.
- your account may already have been created through invitation by a colleague or somebody else to become a member of a company or another already existing space. In this case you can request also a personal demo space, via the help button in LYNX.
- As it concerns your own personal demo space, you can change, update, add or delete projects, skills, resources, cards, etc. as you like.
Sample projects in your demo space
Your demo space e.g. tom.smith space" contains the following project examples:
- CRD01: Project with Subtask Cards
- NP01 New product development project (80 days)
Not Started Projects:
- CRD02: Project with Feature Cards
- NP02 New product development project (84 days)
- T01: Product development project template
Active tasks via My activities
From the two "released" projects the following 4 tasks are populated and assigned to you, for example in the role of "task manager":
Task (Workpackage) CRD01-T2 is already started. This workpackage contains also 5 cards (Subtasks).
The other 3 tasks displayed have status "Ready to Start".
Sample data and pre-configuration
You can find all sample data and pre-configuration in the "Configure" section:
- A "standard" calendar (5 days per week, 8 hours a day)
- 13 Skills (8 of type "normal", 3 of type "virtual", 2 of type "Team")
- 8 Resources names, like Mike Dempsey, Barry Huberts, etc.
- 7 predefined Unit-of-measure fields (see below):
- Two card-types:
- Subtask (Status st with 4 steps)
- Feature (Status ft with 5 steps)
- TameFlow Kanban: Two Streams/Board workflows:
- Subtask workflow (Status st)
- Feature workflow (Status ft)
Register as a new user
First, you have to register as a new user and login to our application. If you have done this already: perfect. Otherwise check the article: Registration and Login to get started. Once Lynx has been installed you can start Lynx as any application on your computer.
After login the first screen that always will be displayed is the My activities screen. This screen is pushing the tasks or work packages for which you have a specific role or responsibility.
In the example below A-dato Consulting (AC) is assigned as a Task Manager for the first 3 tasks. Task T30 is displayed because in this example A-dato Consulting also has the role of resource manager.
If you select the cards view the list with Your "Workpackages" is displayed. In this case there is only one Workpackage "Determine Solution Direction", holding 5 Subtasks (Cards), with a total estimated workload of 56 hours.
Go to the Portfolio view to see the "Released Projects". Currently two projects have been released. The tasks displayed via My activities always relate only to projects that have status "Released".
Project T-1 has a highest priority and is currently in the "Red" zone.
Start LYNX TameFlow
In this example we are using the LYNX TameFlow Taskboards, in order to work with and complete cards. Therefore the first step is to download / start LYNX TameFlow as is shown in the picture below.
After you have logged in, select Tameflow from the main menu:
The TameFlow Taskboard shows the same 5 Subtasks.
Business rules for displaying cards on the LYNX TameFlow Taskboard
The following rules are applied when showing (e.g. Subtask) cards on the LYNX TameFlow Taskboard:
- The project of the workpackage concerned must have status "Released"
- The workpackage containing the cards must have status "Started"
In our example project T-1 has status "Released" and we also have already set the status of the Workpackage to "Started".
Make some progress by moving cards
The CRD01 Project is currently in the red-zone. In order to get this project out of the red zone and move it to the safe - green - zone, some progress has to be achieved.
CRD01 Project Status before (red)
In this example it is assumed that the "Engineering Team" can produce 40 hours per week. As the size of the workpackage is 80 hours, and no cards have been completed yet, the remaining duration calculated is 10 days.
Note that the 80 hours remaining is composed of 56 hours remaining from cards and 24 hours so-called Scope Buffer.
Make some progress
Move cards from left to right over the Taskboard. In the example below we have moved 2 cards to the done column. The result is that a "burn-down" has been achieved of 8 + 16 = 24 hours, and the remaining duration of the workpackage has equally been reduced.
CRD01 Status after (green)
Through the completion of the two cards, the remaining duration is calculated based on 80 hours -/- 24 hours = 56 hours @ 40 hours per week: 7 days. Note that the remaining 56 hours is the sum of 32 (from cards) and 24 hours (from scope buffer).
As a result project T-1 has been moved automatically to the green zone, showing more progress and less buffer penetration.
- In this example an "Engineering Team" has been assigned to the workpackage, with an estimated output of 40 hours per week. This "Team skill" configuration allows to automatically calculate remaining duration from completion of individual cards.
- However, this automation is not always possible. In this case assignment of standard skills with standard progress (Ettc) reporting is more suitable.
Explore some more
- Assign a resource to the skill "Designer"
- Start task T3 as well
- Have a look in project NP01
If you double clicked on task T3, the project window for this project will open:
The illustrated note at task no.13 indicates a note has been added to this task. Clicking on it will open the task details as can be seen on the right of the screen.
Get a personal demo space via Help
If you are already a member of another (company) space, but you would like to receive your own personal demo space, you can do this via the help menu and select "Get a demo space".