Scheduling our regular UX team iteration plan meetings

Allison Bloodworth abloodworth at
Tue Jan 29 06:45:56 UTC 2008

Do iterations need to start on Mondays? If not, I'm a fan of starting  
the iterations and doing the planning on Tuesdays. We could also  
consider doing the planning Mondays and just moving it to Tuesdays  
when there is a holiday if it's important that iterations start on  


On Jan 25, 2008, at 11:06 AM, Barbara Glover wrote:

> Hi Daphne
> While I'm open for any day, I know we did have regular meetings in  
> the fall on Tuesdays.  That is earlier in the week and iteration as  
> well as not being a Monday.  I'll throw that out as another  
> possibility.
> Barbara
> On 25-Jan-08, at 1:58 PM, Daphne Ogle wrote:
>> One thing I'm wondering about is the timing in regards to the  
>> start of an iteration.  Our iterations start on a Monday and end 2  
>> weeks later on Friday.  Does it make more sense to meet closer to  
>> the end of an iteration or right at the beginning?  I'm thinking  
>> if we meet Wednesday we'll still have 2 to 3 days of work left in  
>> an iteration.  Does that matter?
>> We talked about moving forward that we'd like to have the project  
>> leads do the work of breaking out the tasks for and iteration and  
>> move any forward from the previous iteration that didn't get  
>> complete prior to the planning session.  If that's the case we  
>> could meet at the start of the iteration (I know Monday's are hard  
>> so it's a tradeoff) and be ready to hit the ground running.
>> The other question I have is how long should the meeting be?  I  
>> suggest we schedule 2 hours and just use what we need.
>> Thoughts?  Toronto folks -- when do you have your internal  
>> planning meetings in relation to your iteration schedule?
>> -Daphne
>> On Jan 24, 2008, at 1:56 PM, Colin Clark wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Fair enough. So does Wednesday at 12:30 pm PST/3:30 pm EST work  
>>> for everyone? This seems like it might dig into lunch time on the  
>>> west coast. Does this work, or are there other suggestions?
>>> Colin
>>> On 24-Jan-08, at 3:17 PM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>>>> I think the no Fridays request is a good idea, and we might even  
>>>> want to avoid Mondays due to them often being. The one problem I  
>>>> see with scheduling the meetings up right next to each other is  
>>>> we've been trying to start doing a bit more preparation for the  
>>>> Sakai UI meeting (which will I think every other week will be  
>>>> dedicated to design patterns, and include other members of the  
>>>> Open Source Design Pattern library community), and this might  
>>>> make it a bit harder to do so. My preference would be to have a  
>>>> little time between the meetings, perhaps just a half hour? That  
>>>> timing could actually be perfect since folks would all be  
>>>> reminded we have a Sakai UI meeting coming up momentarily which  
>>>> could jog their memory to do any needed prep work. Otherwise,  
>>>> there are usually emails to be read. :)
>>> ---
>>> Colin Clark
>>> Technical Lead, Fluid Project
>>> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
>> Daphne Ogle
>> Senior Interaction Designer
>> University of California, Berkeley
>> Educational Technology Services
>> daphne at
>> cell (510)847-0308

Allison Bloodworth
Senior User Interaction Designer
Educational Technology Services
University of California, Berkeley
(415) 377-8243
abloodworth at

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