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Re: [XP] Fun with Cards and Tape

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  • Adam Sroka
    Get some of these: http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Acid-Free-Restickable-Stick-Ounces/dp/B00006IFBO(They sell them at the office supply place near my house. I
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 27, 2012
      Get some of these:
      http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Acid-Free-Restickable-Stick-Ounces/dp/B00006IFBO(They
      sell them at the office supply place near my house. I think the big
      chains carry it nationally, but I couldn't tell you which aisle to look
      in.)

      Apply liberally to the back of cards. When the cards lose their sticky like
      normal sticky notes do just slather some more on.

      On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM, George Paci <gpaci@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > All,
      >
      > My team keeps talking about constructing one of those story card boards
      > William Pietri built (
      > http://www.scissor.com/resources/teamroom/#storycards ),
      > but right now we have a 4-by-7foot* patch of wall and some blue painter's
      > tape (which is a particular grade of masking tape; go look it up on
      > Wikipedia
      > for the usual stupendous amount of detail).
      >
      > Our Soon/On Deck/In Progress/Coded/Accepted columns are demarcated by the
      > tape. We've also experimented with a couple ways of attaching the cards
      > to the wall with the tape:
      >
      > 1) Make a loop, put it on the back of the card in the middle near the top.
      > This is quick, easy, and obvious. Unfortunately, it makes it hard to
      > work with the cards on a table: you have to take the tape loops off all
      > of them, and put them back on when you're done. One solution is to
      > keep the loop on and stick a blank card on the back of the story card.
      > This lets you move cards around, but it's still a little awkward and
      > time-consuming, and makes it harder to stack the cards.
      >
      > 2) Put a twisted piece of tape on the wall (I got this idea from an Open
      > Space
      > at some conference or other). This way, the tape sticks to the
      > wall, and
      > the cards stick to the tape, but are easily detachable. The downside is
      > that the cards can stick too much, and pull the tape away from the wall.
      > It's also hard to twist the tape without creating a tangle and
      > ultimately
      > a tape ball. An advantage of this and the following methods is that
      > they
      > all keep the cards in a straight line.
      >
      > 3) Make a big tape loop on the wall. Make a foot-long loop, sticky side
      > out,
      > and put it on the wall vertically. Stick the cards to that. This
      > didn't
      > work well at all, since there was a lot of slack in the loop. Sometimes
      > the card pulled away from the tape, but sometimes the tape pulled away
      > from the wall.
      >
      > 4) Make a tape monorail. Take a foot-long piece of tape, put it against the
      > wall sticky side out, fold back the top and bottom a bit to stick it to
      > the wall, then add cross-pieces (sticky side in) about three times
      > as long
      > as the tape is wide. Spacing them about one width apart works for
      > us,but
      > one of the advantages of this method is that you can adjust the
      > stickiness
      > by varying the spacing. Now you can put a card against the wall
      > where the
      > monorail tracks are, press on it in the middle, and it sticks. Pull on
      > one edge, and it comes off easily (no fuss, no tearing).
      >
      > I like this solution the best, though some members of the team prefer some
      > of the other solutions. One elaboration is to use half-width tape
      > for the
      > cross-pieces (hint: cut the tape in half while it's coming off the
      > roll).
      >
      > Upon further reflection, I guess most of these methods would work
      > horizontally,
      > as well, but I don't have any direct experience with that (except for (2),
      > which was horizontal at the conference I encountered it at).
      >
      > Incidentally, about 30 feet** of wall in our team room is floor-to-ceiling
      > whiteboard, courtesy of special paint. The space below 2 feet and above 8
      > feet is unused, but the rest of it is covered with useful information. The
      > only downside is we probably wait too long to erase stuff, since we don't
      > actually need to make space very often.
      >
      > I hope our experiences prove helpful to somebody else out there.
      >
      > --George Paci gpaci at tiac dot net
      >
      > PS: The company I work for is hiring great programmers; Python is a plus
      > but
      > not anabsolute requirement. We're located just outside Washington, DC.
      > Email me if you're interested.
      >
      > (* For Canadians: 1.33-by-2.33-beaver-pelt)
      > (** 10 C.b.p.)
      >
      >
      >


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