Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Architecture team starts working Agile

The Architecture team (Tim, Erik, Hans and me) are going to use Scrum to guide our development. Today we've chosen to use Xplanner as it already used within the Sioux Development Center and it can be accessed remotely through the web pages. Possibly other sub teams can use it too.

We will have sprints of 2 weeks. As we all work in the Development Center most meetings are planned in extended lunch breaks. We still need to define what daily means for us in "daily scrum meeting". But well, just give it a try.

We have looked at Virtual SCRUM Board by Microguru Corporation. what we found is that it lacked remote usability. But it had this nice Scrum board.

What we would like is the best of both worlds with an actual virtual scrum board, using some technologies to collaborate remotely. Not with the focus on project planning but on collaboration, standing at the board exchanging information and move notes around.

At the Praatje-Pot-Inipi (internal training at Sioux) by the author of "Dromen, Durven, Doen" Ben Tiggelaar, I got in conversation with Maurice van den Heuvel and Erik Vermeulen about creating this Scrum board where we can actually move, add and remove "paper" notes while working on geographically separate locations. Technologies like Skype can then be used to speak with each other.

Perhaps some development which the .Net Expertise Group can start.

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