This March we brought the sunshine with a productive One Hour Upgrade.
We had a record 19 stories submitted to the backlog, pruning those down to a manageable 8 with careful voting and some team discussion.
Participants opted to pair on 4 of the stories, with all the pairs comprising of team mates from the same discipline - content, development or design.
What we got done
- Sean and Justin K got stuck on writing tests whilst trying to update our inventory parser to allow output ordering.
- Rod attempted to tackle a tidy-up of our Google Drive account. He made some progress but had to admit defeat this time around. Due to Rod's competitive nature it's likely we'll see this story again next month.
- Hanna and John mapped out an entirely new approach to our training processes and documented this on Trello.
- In his first One Hour Upgrade, Rhodri reviewed the proposed audio for a project page screencast. He also discovered a new-found liking for his own voice.
- Tegan and Dan investigated the accessibility of our main site navigation and came to the conclusion that nothing needed to change. They then updated various wiki pages documenting browser accessibility plugins.
- The dynamic design duo also looked at creating a new Slack icon for the digital team. Ideas were sketched out and a few worked up in Sketch. Final designs will be put to the vote with the team later this week.
- Tom looked at allowing content item editing via URL in the Content Publisher. The story's in review and will be finished off soon.
- Iris remedied the weird title truncation in our filtered lists. It's in accept/reject and should ship soon, so no more chopped off titl…
What we learned
- We should encourage more cross-discipline pairing on stories.
- Directory tidy-ups seem like an easy win but rarely are. Because files come from across the team it's almost impossible for a single person to judge their relevance.
- Before undertaking a One Hour Upgrade dev task consider tests that might need to be written first. Can both be the tests and the work be done in the hour?
- Representing the digital team in a 128 x 128 icon is tricky.