I really pleased with today’s calendar. I’m a fan of scrum as a way to make project much more agile. I have been experimenting with using Google Wave for organizing our scrum effort. Wave contains many of the elements which required organizing a scrum project. It has the option of creating all the content and collaboration.
One part there is missing is the ability to estimate each story. A tool used in for this is Planning Poker. Where each participant can select how many points they want to assign to the story. When everybody has selected their guess the guess is shared between participants, and they can figure out if all has the same idea of the difficulty of the plan.
I have recorded a small video of how the gadget works.
This tool is currently just in beta, and we want to improve it. The tool will only be for our subscribers, so please signup on our mailinglist to get access to the location of the file. We would sure like some feedback on what you think of the tool. So when you have signed up to our mailinglist and tried the tool out; drop a comment on this blog of your thoughts. I seen the like on Sunday, so signup now. There is a form for the mailing list on the right.
The gadget has been made in Adobe Flex, which makes it possible to make some better looking gadgets.
Google Wave is still on its early stages and we all know that there are still a lot of functions that are missing in the current release. One such feature which is really nice to have would be the read-only feature. As of now, it’s not yet possible but we are certainly looking forward to the day when we can set our blips or waves as read-only. But for those who cannot wait, you can use Read Onlie (firstname.lastname@example.org) robot. This robot allows the user to set their blips to read-only.
Currently, there are three keywords (case sensitive) that the user can use:
“OWNERONLY” – nobody can edit except the owner of the blip
“READONLY” – nobody can edit the blip including the owner
“RESTORE” – restores the parent blip data (still needs work)
How does this work?
Just include the keyword in the text and after the blip is submitted the robot will check if the keywords are present in the text.
We already covered the WaveBoarder application, which is a helper application to Google Wave. The gadget makes it easier to navigate in Wave with the iphone and mean you only have one place where you can work with it. The gadget is available on itunes.
The video I created can be seen bellow.
I feel the application has been user friendly. If that is because HTML version for the iphone has been improved. But the whole experience works much better now. So it could actually be an application you can use for something useful.
As we all know we can already embed youtube videos into our waves, but what if we don’t want the hassle of uploading videos at youtube? Good thing we can use Nimbb gadget. This gadget allows us to add webcam video recordings into our wave. With this gadget we can share video messages with our contacts.
Nimbb is easy to use but the gadget is only good for one recording. If you decided to send another recording, you need to add the gadget again to be able to record a new message. Another limitation of this gadget would be the maximum duration for a recording which is only 30 seconds. So for short video messages, Nimbb is for you.