Agile planning poker

For a few months we’ve been starting to use Agile, and specifically Scrum, methods in planning and managing our Web projects at work.

This week we adopted a new practice: planning poker.

Agile / Scrum iteration planning board
Agile / Scrum iteration planning board

Like many teams starting out with Agile practices we didn’t just jump in feet first and adopt every Agile method going; that would have been too much to take in. So we began with a few methods:

The photograph above, taken a couple of months ago, shows the planning board in our office — an information radiator — that shows us at a glance how many tasks are left to do, what’s currently being worked on, what’s in testing, what’s done and (unlike, I would guess, most other Agile boards) what we’re waiting for.

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Woohoo! I’ve just installed Ubuntu

I’ve just updated the previous post, but I’ll say it again:

Woohoo! I’ve just successfully installed Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.

Here’s how:

  1. Updated the BIOS to the latest version (08 August 2003)
  2. Ran the Live CD
  3. Used GParted to manually delete the current partitions
  4. Ran the Ubuntu installer
  5. Er…
  6. That’s it!

It’s now installing 186 updates … Woohoo!

Now … what Microsoft software is available for it? I much prefer Microsoft software to any of that homemade stuff. They’re a proper company and everything.

😉

p.s. I’m only teasing. I love Open Source software.

Microsoft XP update cripples IE6

Spotted on PC Pro:

Patch Tuesday paralyses Internet Explorer

Last week’s critical security update to Internet Explorer has crippled the browser for many users. The problem is reportedly affecting Internet Explorer 6 users on Windows XP. The fault causes the browser to crash in a number of different scenarios, such as when printing web pages.

Read the full article.

But why are people still using IE6 under Windows XP?  Why haven’t they at least upgraded to IE7? Or better still moved to a better browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Opera?