The first sprint for the Libre Food Pantry software went very well for the most part. Since it was a spike sprint, it was mostly looking up tutorials, making sample projects, and brainstorming ideas.
What did not go so well was my understanding of the project as a whole/how it all fits together. Studying the architecture of the project a few times did not do it for me. It took a while but learning Express, eventually asking my teammates about the technologies they are working with, how they fit in with the rest of the project and studying the architecture again after each new piece of knowledge finally helped it all click.
Some things my team and I could improve on would be to be more interactive on GitLab. By the time we made a repository to upload all of our progress, it was more than half way through the sprint. This meant that we could not review what our teammates were doing and have an understanding of our progress as a team. Also, our communication and teamwork could have improved as well. Instead of working on individual sample projects, we all should have worked together on a single sample project using everything that we learned. This would have been a better learning experience for us since that is what we will be doing eventually for the main project. We also could have had better communication with the product owner. I felt at times that not just me but my whole team was confused or stuck with what was wanted/expected from us. Towards the end of the sprint we eventually asked the product owner some important questions that really helped us move forward for the next sprint. Since we were mostly learning the foundation for new technologies this sprint it did not necessarily effect our productivity, but our motivation and confidence.
A change that I could make as an individual is to improve on communication. I felt that I did not have a good understanding of the technologies that my teammates were researching and how they intertwined with what I was working on. For example I did not understand what RabbitMQ was and what it had to do with the project when all I had to do was ask my teammate researching it to explain. Eventually towards the end of the sprint I did this and it helped my understanding of the project greatly.
https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/client-solutions/theas-pantry/reportingsystem/new-sample-project/-/tree/main/Backend/NodeJSTutorial/NodeJSPractice – Repository where I uploaded files from each tutorial video.
https://gitlab.com/LibreFoodPantry/client-solutions/theas-pantry/reportingsystem/new-sample-project/-/tree/main/Backend/TodoListApp – Repository holding files for the to-do list web application
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4cUxeGkcC9gcy9lrvMJ75z9maRw4byYp – The tutorial I used for my sample to-do list app.