I was looking around this morning for more scrum software, and I came across scrumy. This appears to be a really basic piece of scrum software, that may just be enough to "just work". This may be better than the stickys I yesterday. I know it supports burndown, which is really useful, although it breaks all taks to 3 hours, which is editable.
I've been looking for something that might help me with Scrum over a distributed team, and still using sticky notes - they really work. Especially when you take into account "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools". People find things easier to follow when a tool is easy to use.
So anyway, the point? Well I found what seems to me the best online sticky site I've seen:
I'm going to try this out on the next new Scrum I start with experienced agile devs. I'm hoping this will take some of the pain out of distributed teams. After all, I've tried photos and webcams; they just haven't worked for me or the teams.
http://www.infoq.com/news/2008/10/iterating-for-knowledge - which is about iterating for knowledge, which I think is as important as iterating for business value. Both have their place, but I know it's a good idea to allow knowledge gathering. After all, the idea of just getting the project out the door with little or no effort, seems a great plan, but could lead to frustration in development teams.