Marty Andrews

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Musical Introductions to Agile Project Events

We have a bunch of different events that occur at regular times throughout the iteration on our agile project. Daily Stand-Up Meetings being a classic example. One of my colleagues, Perryn Fowler, has seen fit to delve into his library sound grabs to provide with a musical reminder of whats coming up...It all started a few weeks ago, when Perryn worked on a particularly long and drawn out task. A bunch of tests were broken as a result of the work being started, and Perryn slowly clawed his way back to a working build with his new features in it. It took a few days all up, and we were keen to integrate the work. When it was finally time to commit, we heard a song being played from Perryn's desk with the following lyrics:"I'm checkin' in.""He's checkin' in.""I'm checkin' in.""Checkin' chekin' chekin'."This is, for those who don't recognise it, is from the Simpsons episode "City of NY Homer Simpson" where Marge, Bart, and Lisa see a broadway musical in which a celebrity checks in to the Betty Ford Clinic.At the stand-up meetings this week (which people generally don't get too excited about being first thing in the morning), Perryn again decided to pep up the team with a tune. On Tuesday morning, we had a tune from "Caravn of Love" by the Housemartins:"Every woman every man""Join the caravan of love""(Stand up) stand up""Stand up""Every body takes a stand""Join the caravan of love""(Stand up) stand up""Stand up"Then on Wednesday morning, Perryn went for some Bob Marley:"Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!""Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!"We've had great success with our musical introductions so far, and are on the hunt for more tunes to show events during the iteration.

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