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Free Drawings + Agile = Good

While I’ve been working with Pictofigo, they’ve developed over 800 free drawings (and a few premium drawings).  It’s really exciting to discover blogs that are using Pictofigo drawings.  I see new drawings almost daily and more people will benefit from this free freehand drawing search engine.

Recently, I was asked to write a guest post about an Introduction of Agile for Waterfall PMs. Now, I certainly believe if you’re going to write a blog post, you have to have a drawing or graphic included.  Pictofigo Sprint Mockup
Where else should I turn to get my drawing or graphic to capture Agile for non-agile people? For several years, I’ve seen people go over to Mountain Goat Software and use their illustrations and figures.  These are awesome and free!  Sometimes the users give credit to Mountain Goat, sometimes they don’t (though they should).  So, to start fresh, I did a quick v1.0 mockup using free Pictofigo drawings.  It only took me about 20 minutes to do this.  What do you think?

For my first iteration, I captured the following:

  • Product Backlog
  • Sprint Backlog
  • 2-4 week iterations (Sprints)
  • Daily (Scrum or Stand-up) meeting every 24 hours
  • Potentially deployable/shippable product increment

Though this is just a rough mockup, you get the idea.  Get out there an build something!  Hopefully, by the time I complete my guest post, I’ll have a refined drawing for everyone to download.  Until then, iterate, iterate, iterate!

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of ALM Platforms at LeadingAgile. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon). Novice angel investor.

6 Responses to “Free Drawings + Agile = Good”

  1. February 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Well, it looks nice, but is not as clear as the standard scrum illustration. Maybe this is also just me and being so used to the default scrum chart. You should ask people who have never heard of scrum before which chart is more enlightening to them.

    • Anonymous
      February 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

      Rapsli, it’s not you. I know it’s not what it needs to be…yet. It’s the first mockup version. It still needs to have the labels for each drawing. We may add the roles and the artifacts as well. We don’t want it too busy. Give it a few iterations and I think it will be ready to go.
      I do appreciate the input.

      • February 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

        So, here’s the part I really like: The end with the gifts to really show that software is being delievered. I think the middle part is not clear enough. I like the idea of the calendar, but it’s not abvious that it’s an iteration. Looking forward to the endresult

        • Anonymous
          February 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

          That’s some pretty awesome feedback. I will see if we can’t get that 2-4 week cycle properly displayed in the next iteration. I see what you mean. The calendar needs the loop, like the day.

  2. February 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Ooh. I like this.

    • Anonymous
      February 5, 2011 at 12:09 am

      Thanks! It’s just Rev1. Still needs labels and polish.

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