it’s the new board
On friday I finished the preparations for our next sprint. Not enough to mention, but …
Let me sketch the circumstances: In our BI environment based on SAP BW we are currently bound to a 2 month release cycle, which shall be expanded to 3 months. I started agile program management with pieces of scrum nearly 8 month ago, so we finished the so called fourth sprint on friday. All things finished and tested and delivered are put into a big envelope and saved for generations to come.
In a retrospective meeting the team decided to plan acitivities in more detail (move from days to hours) and with a focus on the high priority tasks / stories. Additional we split the formal release into different sprints of 3 weeks duration.
- Some rows containing the top stories of the varoius business lines we are serving; the first row is reserved for Incidents, which must be treated with highest priority
- First column with the story and the identified activities
- Second column with the activities the team is working on
- Third column with things done
- The final fourth column now contains some information like burndown chart and a legend of activite card colors
The old board was different: First column reserved for the name of the business line, no content at all, second one for the plan, 3rd one for the current activities and 4th one for things testable. The final 5th column contained the activities / tasks released by the business department.
Then we introduced colors. The first idea was to have a color per team member to group and assign tasks. I argued that with such a logic we loose the abillity to re-priorize the tasks and help each other. Now we have colors for different aspects:
- Yellow for technical stories
- Green for business stories
- Blue for activities
- Orange for 3rd party activities we triggered
- Pink for Incidents
It may be bad manner to be off at sprint start, but I’m sure they will do well without me. I’m really looking forward coming back in one week and see the progress on the new detailed level.
Add on: WordPress automatically sugested comments / related sites, so I found or better were forced to:Task Boards: Telling a Compelling Agile Story on a page about agile tools. I think I add the site to my blogroll.