Case study on agile planning sessions

Gary Thompson gary at unicon.net
Wed Oct 17 15:33:03 UTC 2007


Agreed, good stuff.  If nothing else, we should be able to do a 
screenshot and print the image.

Gary

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