Agilo Quickstart Guide
Welcome to Agilo for Scrum
Step 1: Activating your Account
Step 2: Logging In
Step 3: Creating Your First User Story
- Title - An example of a title might be something along the lines of "Create Login Page"
- Description - This is where you would describe the story (ex: "As a User, I require the ability to login to the application, so that I can use the application in a personalized manner")
- Acceptance Criteria - Here you might say "Entering a proper username and password should log me into the application, while entering these values wrong should present an error message"
- Story Status - The current status of the story (Open, Completed, Accepted, Rejected). As this is a new User Story, leave it in the default Open state.
- Story Points - The number of Story Points assigned to the story. This story isn't particularly complex, so maybe we select '5' as a value.
- Tags - Here you can tag stories for quick filtering and retrieval
- Notes - Completely optional, this value is entirely up to you
- acceptance criteria
- story points
- business value
Definition of DoneAfter you create your first user story, it is important to describe the Definition of Done. To do so, click on the "*" button and select Definition of Done. A window will shows up where you can describe the DoD and select to show it every time the last task of a story is completed.
Step 4: Creating Your First Sprint
Sprint CreationNow that you've created an initial User Story, we'll need a Sprint for it to occupy. To create a new Sprint, click on "New" label on the top left side of the page and select "New Sprint".Now start entering data for your Sprint:
- Name - How about something simple like "The Login Page Sprint"?
- Team - Which Team address this sprint
- Vision - This is where you'd define your Sprint's overall goal.
- Objective - This is where you might enumerate through the objectives of the Sprint.
- Starts at / Ends at - When the sprint should start and end, if you want to track burndown data properly, you should set these to accurate dates.
- Velocity - What is the established velocity of your team? Enter it here (ex: 40)
Sprint planningWhen the sprint is selected you will see the name of the sprint on the top left bar. To switch among other sprints just click on the sprint name and select the sprint that you want to see. To plan the User Story into the Sprint click on the "Planning" button and a two column page will show up. The column on the left represents the Product Backlog and the one on the right is the Sprint Backlog. To add User Stories on the Sprint Backlog just drag and drop them from the Product Backlog. The bar below represents the total velocity of your sprint and it will be filled planning the stories basing on their story points. You will also notice that on the right side the activity bar is showing to you and to all your team the important action executed.
Step 5: Using the Scrumboard
Now that you've added your Initial User Story to the Sprint, you can begin to perform Task Breakdown on that Story. This is where you create individual Tasks based on the description and acceptance criteria of a User Story. These Tasks can then be performed by Team Members. Go into the Scrumboard section by clicking on the "Sprint" button. The page showed up has four columns. The first one is filled with the User Stories planned, the other three columns will be filled with the planned tasks, the in progress tasks and the completed tasks respectively. Until the Sprint is committed the last two columns are not enabled. To create you first task double click on the plus '+' button in the planned column of your User Story. You will then be able to enter a brief Summary of the Task. After you type 'Tab' the Task will be added to your User Story. To set an actual hour estimate for the Task, just click on the clock icon on the top left of the Task and choose the amount of hours. Now that you have a User Story in your Sprint, and a Task created for that User Story, you are ready to Commit to your Sprint. You may do this by clicking on the 'Commit' button to the top of the Screen. This will enable the other two columns. When you're ready to begin working on this Task, you can drag it to the 'In Progress' column which will automatically assign you as the owner of the Task. When you've completed work on the Task, you can drag it to the 'Done' column. You'll notice that when you drag the last Task of a User Story to the Done column, the Definition of Done will be presented and, after accepted it, the status of the Story will change from Open to Completed. It is at this point that your Product Owner may choose to review that progress of that User Story. The Product Owner will be able to do so by clicking on 'Review' in the Navigation bar.
Step 6: Completing a Sprint
Step 7: Observations and Retrospective
Have fun with the new Agilo for Scrum and give us feedback :-)
The Agilo Software Team