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Getting Started in Lyght

Elliott Counts

Introducing Lyght

At Lyght University, our core principles are simple: team collaboration and continuous learning. The goal of Lyght University is to help seamlessly integrate Lyght with your team through an understanding of its common uses and unique features.

Lyght is a simple but powerful collaboration tool designed to accelerate workflow in a modern team environment. By leveraging team potential and reducing barriers to communication, we put the power back in the hands of innovators and their hardworking teams.

To help you along the way, we have created a comprehensive catalogue of all of Lyght’s features in one set place. Though it may seem like yet another project management tool at first glance, it ships with fresh enhancements guaranteed to make all the difference. Whether you are an entrepreneur with a mountain of work or simply on a quest to find a better solution to team collaboration, our hope is to illuminate the impact Lyght can have on productivity and innovation...

Welcome to Lyght University.

The Benefits of Agile Design Without Dependency

The Lyght platform is a vehicle for frictionless workflow. To put it simply, we created a system that removes all of the unnecessary frills and confusing task management layouts to give you an alternative that works with you—not against. We found that the effectiveness of any modern tool depends on simplicity and versatility, and that’s why we focused our efforts on these concepts specifically during our creation process. After all, everything’s easier when you’re out of the dark and into the ‘Lyght!’ 

With a whole stack of project management tools, it’s easy for work to fall through the cracks. We created a system that resolves this issue through transparency and communication. In fact, Lyght is the fourth version of an internal software we built specifically to hone our own process, born of a need to find a solution without latency for our own teams to utilize. As Plato once put it, “Necessity is literally the mother of invention.”

Lyght combines time tracking, time log reporting, project management, kanban board planning, client management, and team chat in one location to increase collaboration and connection. By relieving teams from the burden of juggling disparate applications, seeing a project end to end has never been easier.

The Fundamentals of Lyght

Project management tools, at their core, all serve to solve a problem: Difficulty increases as complexity builds. The standard way to manage complexity is to break it apart into simpler pieces. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, what may seem easy at first glance can sometimes ultimately lead to a jumbled mess of tasks consisting of different naming conventions between project managers and team members. This leaves no real workflow to build off of whatsoever. However, in Lyght, workflow is built around stages you define as a team, not an individual. This lifts the burden off managers, and encourages a team-oriented workflow with room for optimization and flexibility. Through this system, your team can flow through projects organically and achieve set goals in a fraction of the time.  

Simple Terms for Seamless Work

Backlog: A Backlog is a list of Stories ordered by priority created to support a larger strategic plan that can include project Epics and the project itself. Usually, the items ranked highest on the list represent the most important or urgent items for the team to complete. A well-prioritized backlog not only makes planning easier, but broadcasts all the things your team intends to spend time on. 

Typically, the Backlog contains a prioritized list of items that a team agrees to work on next. The Lyght backlog can be organized into any number of Sections, which usually include a comprehensive overview of the milestones each story needs to take in order to be marked as complete. 

The backlog combines both intention and actuality when paired with Lyght’s time tracking and reporting features. So every project can have a solid plan and a detailed account of how well that plan went.

Epic: Epics in Lyght are used to help organize larger pieces of projects and create a manageable hierarchy inside it. The Epic paints a broad stroke across a project picture. It can stretch across teams, and marks key milestones along the project’s journey.    

You can think of an Epic as a big idea or initiative, a defined body of work that is later segmented into specific parts, called Stories, that can then be broken down into smaller pieces for your team to complete. 

Section: A Section is a divider for Stories in your Backlog. Fully customizable, you can use Sections however you like. When your backlog gets bigger, Sections serve as a method for prioritization, and can easily collapse or expand for a sleek visual organization. 

Story: Stories capture a description of a specific project feature. If an Epic marks the miles, a Story tracks in yards. The Story becomes more than just that though; it’s a central location upon which teams can connect, share their ideas, and illuminate key pieces to the project workflow.  

Assignment: It takes scores of steps to complete a project. While an Epic tracks a major milestone, and Stories signal the yard marks, you can think of an Assignment as a task—an actionable step you can take toward completing a Story.

Each Assignment is defined by your core project workflow. Custom assignment types allow all team members to cooperate based on a centralized flow fit for your team. If a team member falls under the role of a given custom assignment type, responsibility for an assignment’s completion isn’t tethered to a given person; it’s given to the assignment type itself.  

The Future is Bright With Lyght

All in all, Lyght may have started as nothing more than a solution for one team desperately searching for the ultimate project management tool to streamline workflow but, since then, has become so much more. Now, we are truly ecstatic to share it with other teams in need and ‘show them the Lyght’ we found in an otherwise dark and muddled workflow world. 

While many software solutions have users spend a lot of time on larger conceptual initiatives, Lyght opts to shift the paradigm to smaller initiatives, allowing teams to focus on the tasks at hand. Lyght guides users not just to efficiently manage projects, but also to improve the effectiveness of the team. 

With time tracking and time log reporting, along with traditional project management tools, Lyght provides a bedrock over which any team can practice, learn, and grow. Powerful. Simple. Versatile. Lyght reduces barriers to communication and workflow, helping facilitate a faster and more effective team in a flash (pun intended).

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