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Enterprise scrummish and some don’t try this at home with EPIServer’s scrum dashboard

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I’m currently involved as an administrative resource (you could say something of a scrum master even if we don’t use scrum for this project) in a very short project which has many resources. The resources are divided into multiple teams with shared resources and many dependencies between the tasks of the different teams.

We decided on using Team Foundation Server with the Conchango Scrum For Team System Work item template and EPIServer’s Scrum Dashboard. We are as I mentioned not using scrum but are moving in that direction and by slowly introducing some of the artefacts and tools, I hope to build an understanding for what we want to accomplish. Most of the guys had never used the dashboard before but they loved it. We sit in an open space but with this big a crew, it is hard to get a picture of how things are going for the other teams. Hence, the dashboard and scrums of scrum.

It is really interesting to see how these simple tools work in an enterprise environment. Having only handled one scrum team at the time, this is almost amazing to watch. I can’t wait introducing scrum to these guys and girls.

Think about this if you’re using the EPIServer Scrum Dashboard

But, back to the subject. Since people are new to the tool and I want them to see WHY we’re using the tool, I’ve taken upon myself to fill the product backlog and help out creating the first tasks on the sprint backlog. With so many teams, you can imagine that this takes some time. And since I’m not familiar with all the terms and systems, I can hardly guess what they mean.

So, what I did was that I used the team explorer to create a product backlog item. Then I created related sprint backlog items by right clicking the product backlog item and selecting Create Linked–>Sprint backlog item. Then if the next product backlog item shared many attributes, I right clicked the first product backlog item and selected Create Copy–>Product Backlog item.

Let me put it mildly: don’t do that. What happens is that Create Copy also creates a link and when I then opened the Scrum Dashboard the sprint backlog items of the first product backlog item was instead drawn on the latter product backlog item.

So, instead I created all the product backlog items using Copy from, and then I added the sprint backlog items. I guess the same problem occurs if you do the same with work items of the work item type Bug.

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