A day in the life
“I’m working with HMRC right now, and would usually be in their office, but because of the pandemic we’re all working from home. I like to be up and ready for my team, so I tend to start at about 8.30am.
“I’ll assess the live services to see what’s happened overnight, talk to whoever’s been on duty in preparation for a 9.15 team meeting. There we’ll go through any issues, discuss work that needs doing that day and touch on what we’ll be doing next.
“There’s then a half-hour window before our 10am stand-up meeting. What I do after that varies day to day. I’ll pick up any issues identified in the two meetings and take things away from the team – it’s my role to ensure a smooth workflow.
“Where mornings are about workflow afternoons are about what’s coming up next.
“Our work is built around two-week sprints, so we have daily rhythms and weekly rhythms. Every other day we’ll have a ‘three-amigos’ meeting – where three different professions or disciplines get together to discuss what work we’ll be picking up next.
“On alternating days we’ll also have a mini version of a backlog refinement meeting, where we’ll review the backlog of work and remove things we’ve finished.
“Every fortnight we’ll have sprint review meetings where we’ll share what we’ve been up to with the stakeholders and gather feedback. We also have weekly meetings of Opencast’s product delivery community.
“At the end of the day we’ll have a stand-down meeting where we’ll go through what we’ve achieved during the day, issues arising and lessons learned. We finish between 5pm and 5.30pm.
“Outside of work, I’m a pro gamer, playing under the name WireMan. I specialise in Street Fighter 5. My next scheduled tournament isn’t til 2022, so I've been focusing on tutorials to help others.
“There’s been a lot of DIY during the pandemic. I’m hoping to have the place done before everyone's vaccinated so they can come around when it's safe to do so. It's been a helpful motivator and source of exercise among all this.”
Scrum master links
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
The Barcelona Way by Damian Hughes
How to be Miserable by Randy J Paterson