Agile and life

I had a very interesting weekend recently.  Aswell as enjoying the England vs Peru football match I also attempted to bring a bit of Agile to our day.


We always tended to rely on spreadsheets and plans and agendas for our outings, So we discussed if rather than spreadsheets and dates we might draw up a backlog and discuss a priority.


The purpose was to give visibility to all the things we wanted to do this year.  To make sure that we were doing the things that we all thought were most valuable (value measured as enjoyment which translates as pleasure – pleasure consists of multiple brain processes including liking, wanting and learning displayed by distinct yet partially overlapping brain networks).


So we wrote down all the things we wanted to do on post its – got them out of the evil spreadsheet with dates and onto the window.


Once on the window we ordered them as a group based on discussions i.e. a bike ride in November is risky due to the weather and a trip to Belgium needed to be December due to one persons holiday and anothers desire to see the Christmas market.


We put the backlog together and in an order agreeable  AS A GROUP.  One item was deemed out of scope, most disappointing. We put months we were aiming for against the backlog but this is an aim and not a promise.


We then created a sprint containing tasks to get us the pleasure value we wanted from the backlog items.  Some tasks directly related to the next i.e. booking things and others were more research led to inform activities we would do later in the year.


Our sprint would be 2 weeks and we would meet again to discuss progress and review the backlog.


We aren’t doing standups at this stage and we put the items into Trello but some of the group (non IT) have struggled to use it (interesting)


There will of course be a retrospective.


Why not try this yourself.  It’s great to help give visibility to things.  This along with personal kanban boards for tasks at home help clear the mind.  A sense of organisation which is great for people with mild OCD like myself.  The brain space can be used for other things, like remembering lines from Bottom in honour of Rik Mayall.


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