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Ep 24 – Azure DevOps Series, Episode 2: Sprints & Boards

July 26, 2023


In the second episode of our series on Azure DevOps (ADO), we discuss the importance of determining a sprint cadence for your project or product and how that sprint cadence can be used within ADO. Sprints are a great way to determine how much time you have to get work items complete. You’ll learn a lot about your team and how to structure sprints by monitoring burn down rates and how many story points you finish in a sprint. 🏃🏽‍♂️🏃‍♀️

We dive into using sprint views and configurations within ADO, and how you might use backlogs and board views instead. 🗓️

If you want to learn more about managing your products or projects within ADO while working within sprints, this episode is for you!

Come back again next week for another episode on ADO that covers everyone’s favorite topic, ADOPTION. How do you get your team to use ADO effectively? 🤔Come back to find out! 😉

Show notes:

Azure DevOps is a collaboration tool: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/user-guide/what-is-azure-devops?view=azure-devops

Whare are Sprints: https://www.atlassian.com/agile/scrum/sprints

Set up an Azure DevOps sprint: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/sprints/define-sprints?view=azure-devops

What is Azure Boards: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/get-started/what-is-azure-boards?view=azure-devops

Setting a sprint cadence: https://agilityfeat.com/blog/2013/04/agile-cadence/

1-week sprints?!

What day of the week should you start a sprint: https://medium.com/@max.sather/dont-start-your-sprint-on-mondays-308fcc982e0c

 Using the burndown chart in Azure DevOps: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/report/dashboards/burndown-guidance?view=azure-devops

Differences with the sprint & board views in Azure DevOps: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/sprints/scrum-key-concepts?view=azure-devops

Effectively using the Backlog: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/backlogs/best-practices-product-backlog?view=azure-devops

Azure DevOps statuses and how to use them: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/work-items/workflow-and-state-categories?view=azure-devops&tabs=agile-process

Using ADO tags: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/queries/add-tags-to-work-items?view=azure-devops

The fun stuff!

Y’all vs Yous Guys: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2336660/Yall-you-guys-Dialect-maps-showcase-Americas-linguistic-divides.html

Midwestern accents and the words tag/bag: https://www.wuwm.com/news/2017-10-20/bag-or-bay-g-understanding-wisconsins-accent-as-best-we-can

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