Case study on agile planning sessions

Daphne Ogle daphne at media.berkeley.edu
Wed Oct 17 01:34:27 UTC 2007


Awesome Allison!

Comment below...

-Daphne

On Oct 16, 2007, at 6:01 PM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> As I mentioned at the Fluid UX team meeting today, I found a few  
> interesting ideas in this paper from XP 2007: http:// 
> www.springerlink.com/index/y635315rm1038005.pdf
>
> For instance:
> * http://www.cardmeeting.com
> * http://www.danube.com/scrumworks/basic
> * http://www.rallydev.com/products.jsp
> * http://www.versionone.com/products.asp
> * http://www.xplanner.org/
>
> CardMeeting is free, and though it doesn't seem to work in Mac/ 
> Firefox, it does work in Mac/Safari and seems well-suited to help  
> our distributed team collaboratively re-arrange story cards. The  
> main disadvantage I see is that I don't think there is a way to  
> print out the cards when you are done ordering them. If that is a  
> requirement for us, we may want to investigate some of the other  
> solutions.
Sure would save time for those that want to hang them on their  
wall :)   Perhaps print to pdf would work?
>
> I created a group, Fluid UX, ID C1691, and a meeting, Fluid UX  
> planning, ID M2884. Please contact me for the password if you'd  
> like to log in and create a test meeting in our group area to play  
> with. Alternatively, you can play with one of the meetings they  
> have already set up or check out the screenshots here: http:// 
> www.cardmeeting.com/screenshot.jsp.
>
> Allison
>
> On Oct 11, 2007, at 1:48 PM, Daphne Ogle wrote:
>
>>
>> On Oct 11, 2007, at 1:23 PM, Michelle D'Souza wrote:
>>
>>>>
>>>> Some questions to ponder before next week's meeting:
>>>>
>>>> -  Are there applications that can help us replicate the  
>>>> interactive moving around of story cards in our distributed world?
>>>>
>>>
>>> I think Breeze has a whiteboard feature but I haven't played with  
>>> it. Could that be used?
>> It could.  What would be really good is an application that allows  
>> us to drag the virtual story cards (like post-its or index cards)  
>> to see in real time how moving activities around affects the  
>> schedule.  Then we can do things like move a card up an iteration  
>> and see that we'll have to move something out to allow the new one  
>> to fit in the allotted time for an iteration.  I'm not sure this  
>> is doable on-line.  We used to have all the cards spread out on a  
>> table (as shown in the pics in the case study).
>>>
>>>>
>>>> -  What's the best way to do estimating?  My experience has been  
>>>> that each team member gives an estimate for a particular  
>>>> activity based on that individual doing the work and then an  
>>>> average is used for planning.  In that case, we didn't know who  
>>>> would be assigned to each activity at the point of estimating so  
>>>> it made sense to take an average.  We may have more information  
>>>> about who will be working on particular activities.  How does  
>>>> Toronto handle estimates?
>>>>
>>>
>>> Generally, we estimate our tasks together deferring to the person  
>>> with the most knowledge or experience with the specific work. We  
>>> sit down together, go through a stack of features and quickly put  
>>> times on them. It's easier and quicker to estimate when we can  
>>> think in ideal time - meaning uninterrupted time to spend on the  
>>> task - so we don't worry about how long in real time it will  
>>> take. We've been tracking how many ideal work days worth of work  
>>> we accomplish in an iteration and we use that history to schedule  
>>> work for iterations.
>> Makes sense -- thanks!
>>>
>>> Michelle
>>>
>>>
>>> ------------------------------------------------------
>>> Michelle D'Souza
>>> Software Developer, Fluid Project
>>> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre
>>> University of Toronto
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>> Daphne Ogle
>> Senior Interaction Designer
>> University of California, Berkeley
>> Educational Technology Services
>> daphne at media.berkeley.edu
>> cell (510)847-0308
>>
>>
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> Allison Bloodworth
> Senior User Interaction Designer
> Educational Technology Services
> University of California, Berkeley
> (415) 377-8243
> abloodworth at berkeley.edu
>
>
>
>

Daphne Ogle
Senior Interaction Designer
University of California, Berkeley
Educational Technology Services
daphne at media.berkeley.edu
cell (510)847-0308



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