#EngineerSpeak Status Update After my prolonged absence due…

#EngineerSpeak Status Update
After my prolonged absence due to a very long business trip (22 days, new personal record), the #EngineerSpeak community resumed work on the Yavin Thruster by conducting our first sprint planning session last Thursday. As this was our first sprint planning session we did not quite complete it (that should happen this Thur night), but we did do some great work. Here are the highlights:

  • Committed team members for our first sprint are @jedibfa, @wwenchlabs, @wrightjmf, and Aaron (sorry, don’t know your handle on P2). I am very excited to have all of these folks on the team for our first sprint
  • We will try out 6 weeks for our sprint duration since this is an after hours, all volunteer activity (we will see how that works during our retrospective)
  • We have basically wrapped up prioritizing the list of Project Backlog Items (PBIs) and I think some very interesting results came out of that work including the importance of completing the Export Control review early (I am happy to see this fall out as part of good process) and that the best initial demo of MTK is the pressure vessel calculations not one of the nozzle or thruster performance calculations (in no small part because it is lower hanging fruit than the other demos – a good reminder that agile methods are sustainable methods as they share a common interest in capturing low hanging fruit)

Next up – the team will select those items it feels comfortable committing to for this sprint. I am eager to report on how that meeting goes…. Stay tuned.


#agile, #mtk, #open-source-space, #oshw, #yavin-thruster

Howdy everyone @lizthefair reminded me about Amazon Smile…

Howdy everyone. @lizthefair reminded me about Amazon Smile after she bought something and listed Mach 30 as the non-profit to give a donation to based on her purchase amount. It turns out any non-profit is eligible if they are registered with the IRS and Guide Star. Thanks to the hard work of the Mach 30 founders, we are listed appropriately to be found by shoppers using Amazon Smile. But, in order to claim the donations, we have to register to receive Amazon Smile donations. See here for details – https://org.amazon.com/ref=smi_ge_rl_cc_cc

Given many of us use Amazon for a lot of our shopping, I wondered what the Board thought about registering and then (within bounds) sharing the Smile link with our community. I ask this with all deference to the planning work we just completed. I want to keep us focused on the good planning we have done, and make sure we process the new data reasonably. Perhaps this could go on to a list of possible PBIs for the RGC? And then Greg and his cohorts (as they are available) can evaluate the program and recommend if (and when?) to sign up.


#agile, #amazon, #fundraising, #rgc

Links on Agile/Scrum

We’ve been referencing Agile/Scrum during our 2015 planning work (at Perigee and beyond). So, I did some searching for links about Agile/Scrum. Posting them here for later reference.

  • 5 Levels of Planning with Agile – http://www.pragmaticmarketing.com//resources/scaling-agile-processes-five-levels-of-planning?p=0
  • Scrum Effort and Story Points – http://scrummethodology.com/scrum-effort-estimation-and-story-points/ (also has a list of intro videos on the right hand side of the post that I am finding very useful)
  • A reference card about Scrum – http://scrumreferencecard.com/
  • More on estimation in agile – http://www.allaboutagile.com/estimating-in-agile-development/
  • Checklist for Scrum Masters – http://scrummasterchecklist.org/

#agile, #perigee, #planning, #processes, #scrum