Agile@School 2017 – let’s start over

Agile@School 2017 – let’s start over

As a recurring project, Agile@School is started again on February, with a new set of projects and ideas. Gabriele will help me again, but it will be a very difficult task. During the past year we followed a Scrum approach, in order to comply the team structure. As you can read here, there were one team with a small bunch of members. Now, we’re getting “bigger”. As a result, we’ll have micro-teams of two/three member each. Great chance for Kanban. Let’s give it a try.

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How will we approach in the beginning?

  • defining a set of micro-team, that we call “task forces”
  • designing a Kanban board
  • describing personas
  • speaking of some ceremonies we’d like to get rid of
  • speaking of some ceremonies we’ll keep
  • describing the customer journey and the story map practices

The task forces

The term not fits very well, actually; indeed, a task force is something that could be considered as a “defcon 1” team. However, we would give the teams a label which is “strong”. To be honest, we have a little amount of time, so in the end we can say that we’re in hurry already 🙂

The Kanbard board

As we said above, we will have more task forces, most likely six. Therefore, the board will use columns (as usual) for the status management and rows (aka Swimlanes) for separating teams and projects.

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The board will be created in Visual Studio Team Services, in order to use also the Source Control Manager which relies on it.

Personas

Each team member will populate a simple card, the Persona card, which is depicted in the picture below:

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As you can see (in Italian), the first column is for Persona details, the second for interests and the third is the “role” which the member would like to have. I know that the last column is not included in any best practice, but I feel that some student could start to think about its job and its future. Could be interesting.

The customer journey

During the next meeting, we’ll ask the students to show us their customer journey. Each team will have to describe the journey of a typical user, with mood for each action it takes and the value which it gets by the action itself.

Conclusions

Kanban, task forces, boards, customer journey, personas, etc. This year is full of new things to get knowledge from. Also the source control manager will change. We will use git on VSTS so we will get different projects in the same place in a quicker way.

And now, let’s start over! 🙂

SQL Server Latest Updates (Feb. 2017)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2014:

Cumulative Update #11 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

Cumulative Update #4 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

and then, again, new public preview of SQL Server vNext Management Pack!

Stay Tuned! 🙂

SQL Server Latest Updates (Jan. 2017)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2012 and 2016:

Cumulative Update #7 for SQL Server 2012 SP3

Cumulative Update #16 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

Cumulative Update #4 for SQL Server 2016 RTM

and then, SQL Server vNext Management Pack!

Stay Tuned! 🙂

SQL Server Latest Updates (Nov./Dec. 2016)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2012, 2014 and 2016:

Cumulative Update #6 for SQL Server 2012 SP3

Cumulative Update #15 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

Cumulative Update #3 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Cumulative Update #10 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

Cumulative Update #3 for SQL Server 2016 RTM

and then, SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1!

Stay Tuned! 🙂

SQL Server Latest Updates (Oct. 2016)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2014 Sp1 and Sp2:

Cumulative Update #2 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Cumulative Update #9 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

The new SQL Server installer (version 2) here.

SQL Server Latest Updates (Sep. 2016)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2012 and 2016:

Cumulative Update #2 for SQL Server 2016 RTM

Cumulative Update #5 for SQL Server 2012 SP3

Cumulative Update #14 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

 

SQL Server Management Studio 16.4.1 is available here.

SQL Server Latest Updates (Aug. 2016)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2014:

Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

SQL Server Management Studio 16.3 is available here with its high resolution support.