Feasting on Elephant: The Full Course Menu of Agile
There's the old wisdom we're all familiar with that begins with a simple, somewhat absurd question: How do you eat an Elephant?
Yes, you know the answer already. You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Eating an elephant is a great metaphor for what we often come up against in daily lives: the need to break a daunting and large project down into smaller, easier to consume chunks. Taking something larger and breaking it down has made its way into many aspects of our daily lives. Whether it's the trend towards microtraining, the short films we consume during our breaks at work, or even text conversations instead of emails, we're a society that's starting to ingrain the principles of this elephant-sized wisdom.
For me, the Agile methodology best embodies this line of thinking. It allows you to take the most daunting of projects and break them down over time. You don't need to think out the entire project at one go, you have the ability to change direction as you need to, and perhaps more importantly you have built-in customer interaction and requirements.
Over the next few blog posts, we're going to take a look at how Agile works, using the example of a group of friends that want to put produce a season of their favorite role-playing game as a Twitch series. Producers are the Project Managers of the creative world, so this application should work well. Together we'll walk through the steps of defining the stories, creating the sprints, and delivering the final product. I'll provide screenshots of how this might be organized in a project management tool such as Asana, and by the end we'll have some sample templates of project documents that you can grab if you want.
Throughout the series, I'll post weekly polls to get your input on the direction you would like the project to go in. You can look at the comments section of the most current weeks' blog to get to the poll for the next session. Polls will open on Thursdays when the blog is posted, and run until Sunday night. I'll let this first survey run until Tuesday to get us started.