Andy Lester started with computers early by keypunching letters to Grandma on IBM 029 punchcards. Now into his third decade of professional software development, he's the QA & Release Manager for Socialtext. Andy is also in charge of PR for The Perl Foundation and maintains over 25 modules on CPAN. Andy's two latest book projects are Mac OS X Tiger In A Nutshell from O'Reilly, and Pro Perl Debugging from Apress.
04.19.2013 Platform Retrospective
Attendees: Vered, Sarah, Jeff, Marcel, Matthew, Laura, Adam
Start working together on Tasks within a Story for more successful completed storiesKeeps people more engaged in meetings since everyone is part of storyHelps keep team focus
Continue having shorter review meetings by getting early acceptanceKeep to 15 minute Stand Up MeetingsStart discussing issues prior to meetings to keep moving forwardStop stressing to get meeting over – feel good to discuss what is needed
Work outside of Sprint prioritizationWork with Manager outside of Team to align work and time spent
Start having notes ready for last/next 24 / blocks to keep reporting quick
Start calling ‘further discussion’ meetings if Open Floor is going longIf Open Floor topic going long, invoke 5 minute rule to move to another timeAsk if everyone is good to stay on or need a follow on
Start – G2 reach out to anyone needing to be on Stand Up
Start, more Product Owner buy in for the detailsTo help avoid missed details where no one person owns the full processProduct review of done-done - Demo
Watch for changes to environment requiring a retestingOut of Cycle Release – CCD for all to view, exposure of release to QAOther options to expose release/changes to code/environmentsPoss: build release managerAvoid too much “process”
Stakeholder – Product OwnerWhen differences occur, how best to communicateAcceptance Criteria is contract with Product Owners
04.05.2013 Platform Retrospective
Attendees: Marcel, Adam, Jeff, Sarah, Rachel
Do not add User Stories in middle of Sprint
A lot of stories rolled over
Multi teams are requesting time of same resourcesBoth people and environmentsTime put into tasks to handle issues of prev sprint deliverablesTasks can be added as needed – but wont show in planning
Stories small enough to be end:end deliver/testAdd hours in testing stories to have hours to fix failuresTest plans cover full expectations of the Business acceptors
Doable Acceptance Criteria
Shorter, more focused meetingsFull attention in meetingsAvoid being pulled into areas not covered by team/sprint
Get acceptance prior to Review meeting where possibleAssures story has been completed
Chris Stone (email@example.com) is a Senior Systems Administrator (the Mac guy) at O'Reilly Media, Inc. and coauthor of Mac OS X in a Nutshell. He's written several Mac OS X related articles for the O'Reilly MacDevCenter (www.macdevcenter.com), and contributed to Mac OS X: The Missing Manual from Pogue Press. Chris lives in Petaluma, California with his wife, Miho, and two sons, Andrew and Jonathan.
Chuck Toporek is a Mac technology geek. He is the author of three Mac books and one medical book, and he has written for MacAddict and Macworld magazines.
Jason McIntosh lives and works in and around Boston. He has co-authored two O'Reilly books, Mac OS X in a Nutshell and Perl & XML, and writes occasional columns and weblog entries for the O'Reilly Network. His homepage is at http://www.jmac.org.