Our second Sprint had the end goal of deploying a demo Kubernetes Cluster. This cluster would most likely be deployed locally using Minikube and Kubectl, and would use a demo so we could understand the process.
We weren’t able to get to the issue that would have us create a Kubernetes Cluster, but we still made a lot of progress and ended up getting close.
What worked well was the use of teamwork between issues. What I mean by this is, one team member would research something for one issue, and that research would be important for another team member working on another issue after the fact (1). The research and the results of what we produced while working on our issues is informative, and is vital for our goal of our team for this class and what was our goal for Sprint 2. The quality of our work was pretty good, and I think we’re progressing nicely, albeit a bit slowly, to a competent end product.
What didn’t work well was some of our organization during the sprint. As mentioned above, we weren’t able to finish the demo for the end of this sprint (2), and I believe there were a few examples for this. The first reason was spring break. We didn’t progress on any issues during the break, and coming back took time to get back into gear. The second reason was the class cancellation on the 21st of March. This was right after spring break, and it was a bit difficult to get back into it. Even still, we should’ve started working on issues like normal, but it took some time to organize and it caused us to stall for a few days (3). Finally, a lot of work relating to a Kubernetes Cluster is a concept that is new to us, and it involves quickly learning new things. (4) This spring required us to deploy a demo within a relatively short amount of time. As such, I think Sprint 2 was more difficult than the first sprint, and this spike in difficulty was a big factor in our work progress.
As an individual, I felt that I could improve by interacting with my team more. Some of our issues could’ve been worked on concurrently, and it’s very easy to simply keep working on individual issues without understanding the greater context of what we’re doing. Since we’re trying to set up the infrastructure for a Kubernetes Cluster, everyone needs to understand the context of their work in the project (5). I felt like maybe I could’ve started a conversation or two with my teammates about the project. I did it once or twice, but maybe initiating one or two more conversations would have been helpful.
As a team, communication is something that I think we need to improve on. For example, after the break we should’ve started communicating to roll back into action after not working on anything for a while. Another thing that we struggled on was communicating outside of class on setting up some of the sprint issues, which caused us to lose one point on our grade.
By the end of Sprint 2, we progressed and learned a lot. I feel comfortable about this project, and our work for our next sprint as laid out by our second sprint.
(1) https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/28 – This issue provides a lot of good information about Kubectl, which will be very helpful on deploying a demo cluster.
(2) https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/41 – This issue is the demo issue. It is not yet done at the time of writing this.
– An example of me starting this issue a few days after coming back from break, which should’ve been done by Monday.
(4) https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/24 https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/35 https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/28 https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/39
– Four examples of different things that we need to know while working with an issue.
(5)- For example, the demo would require us to deploy the projects listed by this issue: https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/34, concurrent to understanding and creating anatomy posited by this issue: https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/common-services/aws-deployment/general/-/issues/35
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