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After the first two-week period of Sprint 1 things were still quite blurry, but with all the tasks accomplished it was time to move on to the next level of confusion.
Would I eventually understand some of the technical questions?
Maybe the world would be less confusing if it didn't consist of so many acronyms. MVP (in our case: Minimum Viable Product) is one of my favourites, as it can stand for anything from "most vandalised pages" to "major vault protein", and no, I'm definitely not going to bother trying to understand that one.
The beginning of the next stage was marked by an afternoon of planning called "Sprint transition". It's basically a meeting of the entire team to discuss the tasks for the next Sprint and then vote on how difficult they are.
The fun thing is that everybody gets to vote on every task, regardless of who is supposed to be doing it or whether you have the faintest idea of how a particular task is going to be achieved. Well, to be honest, I'm most likely the only one who hasn't got a clue how most of the things work, but I still get to have an opinion. Just like in real-life democracy, I guess.
Several times that afternoon I was tempted to vote "impossible", or "I have no idea, I need a coffee". Luckily nobody else seemed to think that magic would be the only way to produce the app in the end, so we managed to settle on actual numbers instead. If you are faced with levels of difficulty ranging from zero to infinity, 20 seems less intimidating somehow...
Oh, and there was the thing with the tomato. It turns out that it is actually a timer in the shape of a tomato which is meant to increase your productivity. It was placed on my desk to help me manage my time more efficiently, it even came with instructions. Unfortunately, all it did for me was manage to achieve the opposite. This was due to the fact that the ticking is so loud I have to interrupt whatever it is that I'm doing and wait for it to stop so I can concentrate again. In the end I decided to stick to the old-fashioned way and went about accomplishing my tasks without the aid of fruit or vegetables.
And miraculously, I did.
Most of them were fun, like taking pictures of the team and coming up with an idea for the blog. Others were more challenging, like "making the website express what we want to achieve - even though we are not sure what exactly it is going to be in the end". Judge for yourselves.
Conclusion of Sprint 2: