Scrum Boards for Organization

Kelley Dodge ’16, guest blogger

IMG_1712 IMG_1710While the pictures on the left may seem like a jumbled mess of sticky notes, I have found the Scrum Board to be a great way to organize project management. Throughout Winter Term, my ENG Publishing class has been using a Scrum Board to monitor the progress of our long-term project – writing and publishing an eBook.

To begin making our Scrum Board, the class created sticky notes of every task that would need to be accomplished to complete the eBook. This ranged from stages in the writing process, to choosing a software program, to editing content. All of the initial tasks were placed in the “To Do” column of the Scrum Board. Next, we chose a select number of tasks to move into the “In Progress” column. These IMG_1722were the tasks that we focused on immediately, moving them to the “Complete” column before adding more to “In Progress.”

It is important when making a Scrum Board that the “In Progress” column is the smallest. Only place tasks in the “In Progress” column when they are truly attainable at that moment in time. The largest column should be the “To Do” column at the beginning, and eventually the “Complete” column towards the end.

While the board may be a little overwhelming to begin with, the satisfaction of moving sticky notes to the “Complete” column is so rewarding. It is especially exciting when the “Complete” column begins to fill up as you near the end of a project. Overall, I found the Scrum Board to be a logical and worthwhile approach to project management. Just look at all we accomplished by the end!


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