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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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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Agile Team Facilitation

Look what I won!

I returned to work today after a wonderful two weeks off with my three amazingly fun and funny children.

Among the 180+ emails in my inbox (I got off likely, one of my colleagues returned to over 600 emails) was a link to download this colourful certificate for a two-day course I completed in late June.

Look! I’m now an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (or ICP-ATF).

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