This week, we started to organize ourselves, it did me some good.
At the beginning of the week, it was chaos! The team needed to know everything. They wanted all the details that I couldn’t provide. I had the feeling of being completely disorganized. In addition, with the new approach, there is so much to think about, I didn’t know where to start.
Luckily, we started with a first sprint, called sprint 0. Gilles recommended workshops to prepare our project charter. He had good questions for the team:
- Do we know our constraints?
- What are our goals?
- How to determine the business value?
- How to use inspection points?
- And finally, what is our leverage with the client and the organization?
Fortunately, Gilles is there to guide us through the transition. It allows us to focus on what needs be done as a priority and not worry about the implementation of the method. Through Gilles’ coaching, I’m learning to play my role as Product Owner well. He showed me how to write clear user stories and have an ordered backlog. Several things are new to me. For instance, I’m learning to have a vertical view rather than a horizontal view. With Scrum, the Agile approach we are using, I do not have to detail all the requirements at the beginning of the project. However, there must be enough information in the user stories so that the team understands them. The clients’ needs have to be clear and the stories have to reflect these needs.
After several preparatory meetings, I feel ready to begin. I think the team does not worry about the next steps. And even though we do not yet have all the answers, there is enough information to begin. Turns out the Agile approach is motivating. Despite the little time we had to prepare, we are ready to start; what a difference!