As anyone who takes on a new position I wanted to make an impact and try out some different approaches to enable the team to work as efficiently as possible.
There are a series of videos that are available through work about agile development. One of the videos featured "Walls of work". There were a few different types of walls of work, such as:
- Release Wall
- Iteration Wall
I thought I would give it a try and see how well it works.
The layout for an Iteration Wall is as follows:
As new tasks came up they would be written down and added to the iteration wall. It is a good way for visualising all the tasks that you are focusing on for the iteration and is quite rewarding when you can get up and move the post-its across.
Our scrum team all sit in the same area and the wall was placed where everyone could see it, which was great for tracking. The issue is that we go to a separate meeting room to hold our daily scrums as there are other teams sharing our area as well. I think the iteration wall would have been much more effective if we could stand in front of it at the scrum and update/add things during the scrum.
As we didn't really have the opportunity to do this then the wall often became out of date and then required extra work to update it.