Week 1 – Orientation

I’ll start off by pointing out that this is my first time righting a blog for anything. It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do and I’m excited to look back on the module at the end to see how far I’ve come. Since it is my first time attempting anything in this format I hope my writing style doesn’t come across as too sloppy or anything, but even if it does, at first, I hope this will give me a chance to approve on it.

Time Management And Agile Development

The first topic we covered in our notes was one on project management. Coming from an Indie background, I have experience in the past of working with teams and using systems like Kanban boards on Trello to organise our tasks. But I’ve never approached the topic in a formal way before. It’s always been somewhat ignored and pushed to the side, only referenced when necessary.

Learning about the Scrum framework this week was a fantastic insight into what’s possible. Kanban boards have a been very useful when it comes to visualising the tasks in front of us, and seeing what stage of completion each task is at, but organising ourselves as a team has been difficult. With Scrum I can see some of these issues being alleviated. The regular meetings of scrum to discuss exactly who’s working on what, how long it will take, and what they are doing that day, would be a great way to keep all team members on the same page.

Challenge Activity

As a way of introducing ourselves and getting us talking, we were tasked with creating an avatar of ourselves using items found around our home. This was to be comprised of items we could then talk about in a paragraph introducing ourselves and our interests.

I talked about some of the interests that led me to this course, mainly programming and video games. As well as some of my other hobbies, including photography, reading and brewing coffee. Seeing everyone else’s avatars and reading their stories was a really nice way to break the ice between us.

Community

During the webinar this week it was suggested that we create some form of a group chat or other means of communication outside of the official college channels. Another student has since set up a Discord server for us to chat in. Getting to know the other students, where they’re coming from, and why they’re taking this course has been very interesting. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.