Fix for Scrum for Trello (for Chrome)

I use Trello a lot. Trello is a simple but powerful, kanban-inspired project management tool which allows you to create cards on lists to visualise what work you still have to do, work in progress and work that is done. I use it to manage most of my projects, and indeed most of my life.

A few years ago, a couple of developers released Scrum for Trello, a Chrome and Firefox plugin that adds aglie story points functionality to Trello. (Story points help you see the relative size of a task compared with the others.)

I use it all the time, but recenty it broke. This is what I did to fix it.

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Restoring the classic Trello label colours using Stylish

Screenshot of Trello showing lists of cards with colourful labels
Example Trello board showing the restored classic Trello label colours

I’ve written a Stylish CSS script that restores the classic Trello label colours after they were recently updated to a colour palette that genuinely makes me feel miserable looking at them.

You can use this example Trello board with all the labels to test if the Stylish script is working for you.

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User stories change people

Last year, while searching for a video on YouTube—that definitely sounded more purposeful than what was probably closer to the truth, “while I was mindlessly scrolling through social media”—I came across a video by story analyst, speaker and UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instruction and author Lisa Cron called “Wired for Story”.

This quotation (at 44′ 05″) stood out for me:

A story is about how what happens affects someone in pursuit of a deceptively difficult goal and how that person changes internally as a result.

Lisa Cron

It stood out for me, not just because I’m fascinated with stories and because I am in the process of a long writing project, but also because in my day job we use something called ‘user stories’.

I shared Lisa Cron’s quotation with a former colleague one day during our weekly one-to-one and we quickly started considering how this might speak to our discipline of writing user stories within software development teams.

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I was a guest on the new Ways of Agile podcast

On Friday evening, adding to my growing list of interesting life experiences, I was a guest on a new podcast from Romania called Ways of Agile.

The aim of the Ways of Agile podcast is to provide a guide for people to discern whether the IT industry is for them, map out different roles, career paths, required skills and accreditations and understand how they might ‘get a foot in the door’.

The podcast is hosted by my friend and colleague (scrum master) Andrei Gliga, and his friend and podcast producer (scrum master) Vlad Skrypnyk.

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A retrospective model for Modern Agile

Miro board showing my homemade model for Modern Agile

Earlier this year I was introduced to Modern Agile which defines four guiding principles for modern agile methods:

  • Make people awesome
  • Make safety a prerequisite
  • Experiment and learn rapidly
  • Deliver value continuously

Many companies are using these principles to discover better ways of delivering results.

Shortly after learning about Modern Agile, I wondered how I might use this in retrospectives to understand what my team was doing well and where we had room for improvement.

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