The inaugural monthly edition of One Hour Upgrade was a quieter affair than usual as the Digital team was ravaged with Christmas plague. Thankfully our numbers were bolstered by a couple of One Hour Upgrade neophytes eager to get involved.
Fewer participants meant fewer stories added to the backlog (11) and a higher than average occurrence of pairing on stories. In fact, there were no lone wolves in this upgrade.
As always, we started with a Thursday prep session where upgrade ideas are jotted on post-its and pinned to the wall for consideration by the wider team. On Friday, we took a few minutes to organise ourselves, pair up and decide on the tasks we wanted to take on.
What we got done
- John, Rod and Phil added a touch of Yuletide glitz to the office, with a decoupage Christmas tree made from stationery, some Health and Safety-baiting boughs of holly and artisanal paper chains.
- Miao designed beta badges for our new starters who had yet to receive them. As a result she was then officially sworn in as a licensed beta badge creator.
- Justin and Rhian added much needed disabled access information from our main travel advice page.
- Dan and Tegan improved our default link state colours, in particular by removing the inaccessible yellow 'focus' state.
- Tom and Iris added ‘last edited’ information to the status bar in our Content Publisher app. This makes it a lot easier to see when a content item was last changed and by whom.
What we learned
- Even a small team can ship real improvements in under an hour.
- Holly fixed at eye-level to a doorframe with sticky tape is not a good idea.
- If a One Hour Upgrade task needs further technical or design review, it *will* overrun into normal sprint time and should be captured as a new story in Pivotal.
Our next One Hour Upgrade is scheduled for 13 January 2017.