March 25, 2023

This weblog submit was authored by Jason Morris, International Companion Expertise Strategist and co-authored by Joyce Balas, International Companion Improvement Supervisor and Ashley Kovich Ternan, Companion Advertising Specialist

Over the last two years navigating altering financial climates and a worldwide pandemic that shifted the best way we work, we’ve discovered that groups can proceed to collaborate collectively productively and successfully in distant and hybrid settings. A current Microsoft research reveals that hybrid work works.1 The largest danger of a hybrid workforce will not be unproductive workforce members—it is that persons are changing into burnt out from too many meetings and a lack of clear, defined priorities.

But it surely takes intention and management to design an organization tradition the place collaboration workflows let everybody contribute equally in retrospectives, standups, planning, and different agile tasks the place daring concepts and clear alignment are essential to staying aggressive available in the market. Now, greater than ever, agile groups, or any workforce targeted on planning and strategizing are anticipated seamlessly join and collaborate no matter the place everyone seems to be working.

Microsoft, in partnership with Mural’s leading collaborative intelligence system, is filling a essential want. Powered by Microsoft Azure and built-in with Microsoft Groups, Mural permits dynamic conferences and teamwork turning concepts and insights into actuality so distant work not inhibits co-creation. Mural’s newest integration with the Microsoft ecosystem connects Azure DevOps to an intuitive workspace for groups to collaborate visually. Mural facilities round a digital whiteboard and contains pre-built frameworks that information and construction collaborative work, together with templates for agile ceremonies and LUMA design thinking practices. Facilitation instruments constructed into the product, like voting and a timer, make it intuitive for groups to work collectively deliberately and make it simpler for everybody to contribute. Mural’s new integration with Azure DevOps is the connective tissue for agile groups, irrespective of the place they’re working.

Stage up your workforce’s subsequent collaboration session with Mural and Azure DevOps

With Mural’s new integration, Mural and Azure DevOps prospects can now save time and jumpstart collaboration by simply importing work gadgets as sticky notes onto a Mural canvas. Groups can use Mural’s visible canvas and templates to refine work gadgets in a backlog, evaluate a dash plan, break down a function into smaller chunks of labor, have a retrospective, and even construct a program board. Having work gadgets on the canvas the place collaboration is going on retains workflows linked and groups targeted with out incurring a toggle tax by switching between functions.2

93 p.c of surveyed organizations who leverage agile skilled a rise in collaboration and productiveness following the implementation of Mural.3

All the things from consumer story mapping to retrospectives are extra productive, inclusive, and interesting whenever you join Mural and Azure DevOps.

How Mural and Azure DevOps work

Join Azure DevOps to your Mural account to view your tasks and simply import work gadgets as sticky notes. Use filters or run your individual question to seek out the work gadgets you wish to import.

A panel showing options to connect organization, search and filter results, selecting work items, using custom queries, and editing imported sticky notes

Design your import in Mural by selecting which fields, together with customized fields, to import as tags in your sticky. Stickies are mechanically colour coded by work merchandise kind to visualise and manage subsequent steps and stop delays in choice making.

Three screens showing how an object is imported, the metadata tags, and a live preview

Be much more efficient with Mural’s templates for hybrid agile ceremonies like program implement (PI) planning, dash planning, dash opinions, and extra to stage up collaboration and cut back time to market.

The Mural dashboard showing three sticky notes that were created to cancel an order form, update all link colours, and font not loading on checkout errrors

Companions in collaboration transformation

Mural is a Microsoft Companion of the Yr award winner, which acknowledges companions primarily based on their dedication to prospects, the affect of their options, and their exemplary use of Microsoft applied sciences. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Mural, an ISV constructing the subsequent technology of options with Azure know-how, to assist groups in all places plan smarter, collaborate higher, and ship quicker. Integration with Azure DevOps improves agility and might optimize your current cloud investments by serving to lower prices and saving developer time. With complete safety and compliance inbuilt, Mural is paving the best way for organizations to undertake a DevOps tradition. Mural integration with Azure DevOps is actually a “higher collectively” story as each groups acknowledged early on a necessity for the combination throughout each finish customers, DevOps, and builders. Within the early phases of growth, each Microsoft and Mural not solely helped check the combination, but in addition integrated it into their fundamental growth lifecycle of Azure DevOps, shortly realizing the total potential of each Mural and Azure DevOps as an all-in-one platform.

“In a hybrid, trendy office, organizations must collaborate and brainstorm with digital groups to develop modern options for his or her companies. We’re thrilled to companion with Mural and ship its newest integration with Azure DevOps to allow groups in all places to do their greatest work utilizing a shared collaboration house throughout platforms.”—Casey McGee, VP of International ISV Gross sales and Digital Natives, Microsoft

In the event you’re already a Mural buyer, take a look at the user guide to get began utilizing the Azure DevOps integration. In the event you haven’t tried Mural but, get began without cost on the Mural website or connect with Mural to study extra about buying Mural by Azure Marketplace.


1 Microsoft Work Lab.

2 Harvard Business Review.

3 TechValidate.