This last year has been a great year for my software-making skills. The team I’m on at Desire2Learn has really embraced Agile SCRUM. So far it’s been an adjustment, but with a lot of immediate rewards. More than anything (more than improving quality, or throughput, or any of that), it just feel like a better, more integrated way to work.
I did a presentation yesterday about what I think is the single most important piece that was hardest for us to get right initially: Sprint Planning. Sprint Planning was initially difficult, as it was challenging for us to come up with Stories and Tasks that actually reflected the work we were going to do over the next two weeks. The slides perhaps are not for people new to Agile, but if you have any understanding of sprints, stories, and tasks, it’s worthwhile to take a look at.