Here are our plans for the multimedia team’s next development cycle.
This 6-week cycle starts tomorrow, May 1, and ends on June 11 (second half of fiscal Q4),
and will include 6 weekly sprints. In this next cycle, we plan to switch our focus to
Upload Wizard and Technical Debt, while addressing Media Viewer's most critical
issues, as needed.
For this cycle, we propose to divide our time evenly between these three main projects:
* Media Viewer - address remaining critical tasks (e.g. serious bugs, global load
estimates, basic zoom feature)
* Technical Debt - fix serious issues that need quick solutions (e.g. image scalers, timed
media handler update)
* Upload Wizard - start planning for this project (metrics, feedback, UX designs, code
review, unit tests)
In subsequent cycles, we expect work on Upload Wizard and Technical Debt to continue to be
a primary focus for us. We also hope to start work on Structured Data and File
Notifications this summer, as time allows.
Here are our meeting notes, for your review:
And here is our updated wall for what is now our current cycle:
This cycle wall now includes separate columns for Media Viewer (~28 points), Tech Debt
(~29 points) and Upload Wizard (~21 points). We moved all leftover Media Viewer cards into
either this cycle wall -- or in one of the Media Viewer Release walls in Team Favorites
(see upper right corner of Mingle site). We could easily spend another quarter or two
working on Media Viewer, but our team is needed on other projects that were neglected
during this big product push. For the next few weeks, we will continue to front-load Media
Viewer tasks to address critical issues from our worldwide deployment, but then start
shifting more and more to Technical Debt and Upload Wizard projects.
The meeting notes also include results of the previous cycle and a team retrospective,
which will give you a sense of the agile development process we have been using in recent
months. We have found this agile process invaluable, and we note that it has helped
improve our overall performance, so we are now getting more work done, more efficiently.
Music to our ears … :)
Please let us know if you have any questions about these plans. We will be sure to consult
you as we start new projects like Upload Wizard -- and Gilles will update you shortly on
our current sprint, which we just planned today.
for the Multimedia Team
Product Manager, Multimedia