Fluid Academic team retrospective Wed, April 15 8 am PDT /11 am EDT / 4 pm GMT / 5 pm CEST

Jess Mitchell jess at jessmitchell.com
Thu Apr 2 18:04:32 UTC 2009

Dear All,

I've put on the Google Team Calendar a Retrospective planned for  
Wednesday, April 15th starting at  8 am PDT /11 am EDT / 4 pm GMT / 5  
pm CEST in Adobe Connect and lasting an hour and a 1/2.  We can do a  
quick standup and then go straight into the retrospective.

Michelle had a really great idea for how we could structure this:  How  
about we get our pairs of 2 together (our paired designers and  
developers) per component and we spend the retrospective hearing the  
"how the component came about" stories.  This is reflection time folks!

I would ask that the pairs get together before the retrospective to  
talk through how you'll tell your story and I'll also recommend you  
not only walk us through the life of the component, but you also talk  
about any issues, gotchas, or rethinking that had to go on.  This is  
storytelling, but please plan to keep your component stories to 15  
minutes or less.

Consider this an exercise in articulating what we've been up to, what  
processes we've used, and how we've overcome issues along the way to  
produce a component.  This "thought experiment" may prove useful to  
you in the future... it is a lot like the presentation that Antranig,  
Gary, and Jen Bourey from the uPortal community gave at Jasig Dallas.   
It was an amazing demonstration of how something grew out of a  
definition of a perceived problem and is now so important to a  
community.  Spend some time putting your stories together and even  
consider "documenting" them in a presentation format...


Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks y'all,

Jess Mitchell
Boston, MA, USA
Project Manager / Fluid Project
jess at jessmitchell.com
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jabber: jessmitchell at gmail.com

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