Our First Board
For those of you that don't know, Jira is a platform which allows you to manage and keep track of tasks during software development using Agile techniques. We had 2 of these techniques to choose from: Kanban and Scrum. We have decided to use Kanban because it's the simpler choice of the 2. Instead of sprints and user stories, we get to use fun little to-do lists on a board which is perfect for a smaller team.
Near the end of the prototype's development, we created our first board just to get a feel of how it worked. It was a simple board with 3 lists: To-Do, In Progress and Done. While this worked for the completion of the prototype, we knew that to make a fully fledged game, the board had to be more detailed so we knew exactly what was going on.
Upgrading The Process
To upgrade our board and also learn a little more about how Jira works, we decided to complete a LinkedIn Learning course to find out more. From that course we learnt how to make our board more efficient and more accurate to our development process:
1) First we created a workflow map to visualise how a feature is moved through from planning and design to being added to the completed build of the game.
2) We then used this workflow map to add the appropriate lists to our Kanban board.
Most Kanban boards also include a backlog list at the beginning, however with Jira there is a separate page for that so our board doesn't need the list. We also decided to add limits to some of the lists so we wouldn't be doing too much at once.
It's Getting Epic!
Another useful feature of Jira's Kanban is Epics. The use of these is to keep track of larger chunks of your software/game's development. You can place individual tasks into an Epic and as you complete these tasks, you slowly start completing that Epic.
We currently have 3 Epics in the project: Finish Early Prototype, Version 0.1 and Freelance Pieces.
With this new found organisation to our development process, we hope that it will go a lot smoother and we'll be able to stay on top of the tasks we need to complete to get this game to you! Now all that's left is to add some tasks and continue to create Rise Of The Jemhaji.
To see if we can stay on schedule, follow us on our social media accounts!