Calming the storm !

During my busy schedules, some times at the end of the day, I am totally tired, and hit the bed immediately after the day’s work. Some days I work very long. Today I had a very calm day (Sunday). Slept nicely, watched a movie, did not do any official work, went to church, went for the local Y’smen get together and read the bible…and this is what I got;

‘Without warning a fierce storm hit the lake, with waves sweeping the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They woke him and cried, Lord save us!. We are Lost!. But Jesus answered, Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?”. Then he stood up and ordered the wind and the sea; and it became completely calm….”

Can we really get rest, without being spiritual!. I really doubt.

Adding one more white board – for the product backlog

While doing the sprint planning meeting, very often new feature ideas crops up and if not recorded immediately can be lost. Why not have another white board with post it notes, for the product backlog itself. This gives the team absolute visibility on the shape of things to come, ans their brains also will work on “how to improve the product better”.

In the classtube project, we have three white boards; one for the design to evolve, the second one for the product backlog and the third one for the sprint tracking. It is working well for us.

Implementing SCRUM in small teams – the need

Antony and Me are working on ClassTube for the last 3 months. It is just a two member team working together, based on continuous brainstorming. He is good in designs, coding where as my contribution is by way of  finalizing and prioritizing the features, removing the bottlenecks (getting uninterrupted power, upgrading the system, getting the right softwares, ensuring availability of drinking water etc etc 🙂 ) and testing the system. It is a great informal way of working and we are happy about the deliverables and team satisfaction. We really enjoy the work !

Now the product has taken it’s basic shape and the nature of work is more of a continuous improvement nature plus some solid features.  When my team member is engrossed in real technical work, I have started interrupting him  every now and then. Nobody is complaining about it right now, and at the same time I am sure that somebody will soon, if this continues. This can really eat into the job satisfaction levels, which in turn can bring in all sorts of issues.

Now we have decided to adopt SCRUM, to formalize the informality. The white board and the post its are ready !

The fun quotient @ work !

Working from home – from  that small office is great fun !. You can enjoy the most when you really add all those small stuff in installments. Like going for that desktop and the lap top.. then waiting for another month to get the printer, fax, copier. Then really debating with the small team on whether we should go for a generator or a UPS or a better office or a better airconditioner – all these without an office assistant !  Believe me, it is great fun.

This is even greater fun when I come across factions fighting over the temperature setting of the air conditioner and people complaining about the pizza (free luch paid by the company) and people complaining about lack of time to use those swimming pools and gyms within their offices – and no time to sit idle for a while – and even after getting all these facilities stll unhappy about everything and complain and still live with total under utilization of their potential with those golden handcuffs ON!.   Till how long friend?.

The answer is really really going after that dream project 🙂

Have a great day!

Aby from his car shed getting converted to an office. Most of the great companies started in car sheds !.  HP, Microsoft, Infosys, Novell, Google all had very humble beginnings. I think scarecity of resources, improve the team bonding and the commitment levels.  

ClassTubing from Prologic Innovation Campus

Hey we are really working as a team now. There is that burning desire to wake up early to see the developments at http://www.classtube.com . Always daring to dream. We want to make it the best in it’s class. Day by day our product is evolving and she is getting more and more attractive day by day!. I am talking about www.classtube.com

In my workshops I preach about the need of a compelling product vision and what will happen when it really gets into you. You are really obsessed with what you are doing. You are really enjoying what you are doing.

Today Antony left our lab at 5.30 p.m and again at 7.30 p.m I am seeing him on Gtalk logging in from his home. He too is obsessed with classtube !

Classtube it guys!

If you have software development work to be offloaded to us, please email me. We need to make some money too -)

Aby from the Prologic Innovation Campus !