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My Spotify tools

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Last week i quit my assignment at Spotify. I was there to help and act as a stand-in for Joakim Sundén while he was on paternity leave. He’s now back in the saddle as Agile Coach in the More Than Music Tribe.  I had the pleasure to work closely with the Agile Coach Christian Vikström on Spotify and together we have been coaching the Browse, Growth and Customer Support squads. A was also a member of the tribe management team, and together we did some new interesting stuff.
Facilitating from the Back of the Room
It’s has been fascinating and fantastic to work with such dedicated people and a product that has such a traction. Spotify is also really trying to build an awesome and agile organization and culture that can win and sustain in the long run. What is there to do at such a fantastic company? That’s a reasonable question. A lot I discovered. Spotify is shock full of super smart people, but many of them has not worked there for long, many of them has not worked long at all, teams have been newly formed and are under constant change. Simply put: even Spotify needs a lot of basic agile coaching.

When I now look back at what we did during these last 8 month I see a lot of tools and experiences that I think others also can find useful. During the next couple of month I will share them through this blog. Hope you will find them useful. Here’s the planned list:

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Ranking in Jira

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I’ll just start out by saying that I’m no Jira expert, in fact I don’t even have Jira admin privileges at my current project. I do however use Jira at least once a day. I manage versions, and create components. I also create stories and epics, and try to maintain sprint and product backlogs in Jira. My project also uses Greenhopper.

My problem today? Greenhopper stopped ranking my stories! Or rather started randomly ranking my stories! In the Greenhopper planning board view, every time I edited a story or epic and saved my changes, my backlog would get re-ordered. It didn’t take long before my whole backlog was scrambled, the more I tried to fix the ordering the worse it got.

If this happens to you, do not try to fix the ordering! Stop making changes, and… “Optimize(repair)”  your ranking field!? Yeah, that’s right, you need to fix the ranking field every once in a while. You’ll find this “great” feature under Tools -> Configuration, under General find the Ranking Field section. Here you’ll find the Optimize(repair)link, just click and wait… and wait… and wait… and then your ranking problems will be solved.

Unfortunately, you’ll still have to come into the office tomorrow and somehow get your product backlog back in the right order, because it’s still scrambled.

No solution is perfect, but sometimes it feels like Greenhopper is a just way too far from perfect.

nb the version of Jira we’re using is v4.0.2#472 and Greenhopper v4.3