This is first of a series of blogs to support traditional project managers I am coaching. To help get their bearings in deep and murky waters of Agile projects and Scrum teams.
Before the scrum purists amongst you vehemently shake your heads or berate me on the title, consider being pragmatic. In the Professional Services world there is always a project manager to manage complexity and facilitate the Scrum team(s). My remit is to facilitate and empower the role to help the team, business and customers succeed, rather than debate its applicability and existence.Continue reading →
‘I want to create a practical guide for product owners to facilitate them in writing acceptance criteria for user stories so that their output is of value to the scrum team’
You’ll find pages after pages describing what an acceptance criteria is and how to write a good one, what it should include or not, however this post takes a practical approach for Product Owners to follow. You’ll find post after post describing how product owners ought to use Gherkin script to develop/write an acceptance criteria, which in my opinion is not a practical approach, there are a few things wrong with that approach, a few come to mind right now:Continue reading →
Our January meet up was in the making since the #DPSX BoF at DrupalCon Barcelona in September 2015, the sign up for the 13th Jan event was great but logistical challenges mid December left quite a few folks confused. In retrospect the meet up needs a permanent abode, if you’d like to host the next meet up please get in touch.
Despite that the turn out was good, we had 11 from a possible 29 and one late arrival found the venue doors locked! apologies Chris, have expressed much annoyance with the venue management.Continue reading →
This week a lot got undone, broken, recovered and then some.
Worked on the product backlog, not quite ready for public consumption yet but getting there, sprint backlog for the week:
Shop for VPS
Migrate to VPS
Fonts – via CSS
Sort out Contact Form (emails not working)
Sort our Domain name and DNS stuff (may need an expert’s assistance)
Backlog grooming – WIP
Acquia Cloud Professional would be nice, would make life much easier, support would be kick ass (and needed) but is out of my budget! time to count the pennies and find a candy store that fits the budget. Bluehost.com or DigitalOcean.com…. went with DigitalOcean, gives an SSD, quite a bit of computing power on a budget, has no developer tools though, will need to get devops help and learn some devops stuff myself (kind’a and kind’a not looking forward to that) but hey you get what you can afford!
Added an SSH key, instructions easy enough to follow
Am in as root! (nice!)
its an Ubuntu VPS, LAMP stack, phpmyadmin installed
explored setting up DNS and nada – haven’t got time for this, my sprint capacity is significantly reduced this week and possibly the next too! can’t wait, time to call in devops help, Asim enlisted to help set up DNS for agileforpeace.com for the VPS and opensocial.agileforpeace.com for my social transformation site (thank you Asif)
With not much to do, dived into CSS architecture (for Drupal 8)… 10 mins later… need to find an idiot’s guide to CSS in Drupal!
Had good wins today, the fear of the terminal is dissipating.
Need to migrate my site from Acquia Cloud to the new VPS environment.
Installed backup and migrate, activated it and disaster strikes! backup and migrate broke the site and can not access the extend page to uninstall.
Looked up uninstall backup_migrate using Drush since I could not access the extend page – nada!
But if I go to an invalid URL it seems to work but can’t access anything in the admin menu, insanity!
Tried disabling using Drush (drush dis -y backup_migrate && drush pm-uninstall -y backup_migrate), did not work, tried a bunch of stuff, whatsoever google threw up as candidate solutions.
Decided to take the simplest option and restored the site from backup on Acquia insight, easy enough.
I’ll take the small win and call it a day!
Started day 4 with a nice surprise, my first contribution! wooHoo.. the joy of little things!
It was a tough start, forgot my admin password again (blistering barnacles)! and remained locked out for the a good part of the timebox! tried a number of suggested means to recover the admin password using Drush, it was one fail after another! eventually reached out to @Dakku for help and it turns out its a pretty simple process!
Attempted migration from the DB back up – something migrated but not quite, need to figure out what went wrong, the theme didnt quite work even though its Bartik straight out of the box, am beginning to have doubts about maintaining a VPS by myself.
Am back in but am out of time, more on day 5.
Newbie Tip: reseting admin password
In terminal type: cd /var/www/html/yoursite.dev/docroot/sites/default
Once in the directory, type: /usr/local/bin/drush8 uli
You will get a return value that looks like: /user/reset/1/1448057351/JY2957SilWctPfNfN1gUQ2bT5lS-NvCwjt3heDqdu5A.
Copy everything from “/user/….” onwards and paste it after your domain in the address bar in the browser e.g. http://yourdomain.com/user/reset/1/1448057351/JY2957SilWctPfNfN1gUQ2bT5lS-NvCwjt3heDqdu5A
Go to that url, this is a one off password change process, you can reset your admin password.
Decision time! I can spend time building my site in D8 with dev tools to support me (on Acquia Cloud) or I can build without them and pick up needed devops skills to manage my VPS; time being the deciding factor am ditching the VPS route and will continue with Acquia Cloud, as for affordability found out as an Acquian I get an environment as an employee benefit! wooHoo! Though it seems this week was not as productive but got a couple of nice wins and picked up some more Drush (the fear of the terminal is dissipating! BTW DrushCommands.com is a pretty epic resource). Retro time
Shop for VPS
Setup VPS –
Migrate to VPS (theme isn’t working)
Fonts – via CSS
Sort out Contact Form (so that it sends out emails)
Sort our Domain name and DNS stuff (may need a subject matter expert to assist)
Backlog grooming – WIP
Having decided to stay on Acquia Cloud I can focus on the site backlog in week 5, (mental note: need to pick up the MVP backlog items soonish).
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