No, I'm not going to start singing to you :)
I've had a rather uneventful week again - things are 'going' at work. Every time I get something finished (another chore checked off before going on leave) I start on something else and obviously want that to be finished as well!
I have had a bit of fun this week though - I have started our welcome document for new developers. It's not an 'On-boarding' document because that word makes me cringe and brings up images of stiff corporate offices where people are not allowed to think for themselves.
No, the place I work for is very informal and so I have tried to keep the document informal as well. Maybe too informal - I am waiting to hear what the other team leads think!
I was happy though as it wasn't my job to write it - but the others were busy and I could see it never being done. Three hours of thinking with the keyboard and I think we have a good basis that simply needs to be completed, and of course implemented (we currently have no fixed welcome process, it's all a little off the cuff...). I'm quite proud of it really!
The second document I wrote was going to be a cheat sheet for Scrum as a way of bringing it back into focus in the Scrum teams and helping the development teams and the product owners understand the responsibilities they have, and how they can make it work more efficiently.
It's not really a cheat sheet any more - in fact I think it is now a 7 page document :)
But, it's finished and either I, or another of the Scum Masters (should I be on leave) will be going through it with the Scrum teams over the coming weeks.
And... My Scrum blog, that has a grand total of one post still, is going to have a few entries based on it. I wonder what feed back it's going to get...
Yesterday I was watching the latest episode of Hij is een Zij and for the first time it had me in tears. In fact it completely screwed up my entire morning.
One of the women went back to her school with her brother, revisiting their childhood. It sounds like she had as good a time in school as I did. An emotional, gentle person who was constantly bullied because of it (the fact that I never backed down to the bullies, a trait I picked up from both of my parents, didn't help me either). Not wanting childhood photos to be used in the program due to the feelings those photos bought up.
Slowly my eyes filled, and then that was all that was in my head for the next few hours.
It's amazing what you think you have left behind, but actually is lying just under the surface.
I'm fine by the way, it's nothing that is going to cause a spiral in me (that is more than 20 years ago now - I feel old!) it's just something that hit me at the time.
And of course the update... Well I have time to write this, so I'll let you guess :) (Everyone is doing fine btw)