Blogtober

How a Scrum Master does Blogtober: Post Ideas

Blogtober day 3 covers the Blogtober Backlog, October Sprints, and post ideas for the month.

Blogtober is so much fun! What an active community. I see other Bloggers participating in Blogtober are making schedules and blogging bucket lists. I think that’s a good idea. It’s not the smartest thing to go into something like this blind.

I am going to get real nerdy on you guys. I am going to use my Scrum Master skills and turn this month into a backlog of blog posts and commenting goals.

Step 1: Create the Blogtober Backlog

A Product Backlog is a list of all the things needed to build the product. They’re typically written as User Stories. Anything from the biggest “must have” to the smallest “nice to have” feature can be added to the Product Backlog. The Product Owner sorts, prioritizes, and schedules the features later (with help of the Scrum team).

According to Scrum Alliance,

“The Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that is known to be needed in a product. It is constantly evolving and is never complete.”

scrumalliance.org

Step 2: Define the Sprints

I’ve broken October town into two, 2 week Sprints. Sprints are typically 2 – 4 weeks long. I think two, 2 week Sprints gives me more flexibility are room to adjust for Blogtober.

Sprint 1: October 5 – 18

Sprint 2: October 19 – 31

Step 3: Define the Sprint Goal

Goal: Post daily to meet Blogtober requirements and comment on other Blogtober posts to engage the blogging community.

Step 4: Assign initial User Stories to Sprints

Here is where the Scrum team would create a Sprint Backlog based off the User Stories selected for the Sprint. The Sprint Backlog tracks in more detail the day to day status of a story. However, since this project is just me I’m going to break the rules and work off the Product Backlog.

Step 5: Get to work!

Blog, comment, and check off those Users Stories as DONE.

Lilyotron’s Blogtober Backlog

How other Blogtoberan’s are planning the challenge

The Library Looter teamed up with annieks library to create 31 Blogtober prompts.

Raven Black wrote a list of 40 Fall blog ideas.

#First Draft Life came up with a simple list of rules for how Blogtober will work for her.

As my blogging stakeholders, do you see something I’m missing? Can you identify a post that I haven’t? Let me know in the comments below!

2 comments

  1. My husband is a software engineer and I’ve heard a lot about “sprints” and “scrum” and “product owners” and that never-ending “backlog.” Thank you for putting those terms in such a way that I can understand them 😀 I might have to start incorporating some Agile techniques into my own planning. And thank you so much for the shout-out!

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