Monthly Archives: November 2012


La Mesquita, Córdoba Hello! This week my adventures continued as the group headed south to la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía (Spain is divided into 17).  Our first stop was the city of Córdoba.  We had some free time to get lunch and sit beneath the orange trees, simply enjoying the warmer weather (the south is much more “Mediterranean” in climate), before our tour of the cathedral. This cathedral was once an Islamic mosque, and is also called la Mesquita. It is beautiful!  The mix of the Islamic and Christian cultures are especially noticeable in Andalucía because that is the area the Muslims held the longest, before being expelled from the Iberian Peninsula by Los Reyes Católicos (Granada is [...]

2012-11-21T22:12:50+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Megan in Spain|

Sprint Retrospectives

An update from Trevor, a member of the Guildhall at SMU team blogging for Gamasutra: Sprint Retrospectives Projects that use Agile with Scrum use sprints to promise features to their product owner (customer/manager); sprints usually take place over a 30-day period. At the end of a sprint, teams conduct sprint retrospectives. These meetings discuss what was delivered from the team during the sprint, what processes were effective or ineffective (or could be improved upon), as well as actions to take place during the next sprint. In essence, they are small postmortems during development. Features Delivered: This section is simply a list of features the team completed during the sprint that the product owner receives. It is important to note that these [...]

2012-11-21T21:12:17+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Guildhall at Gamasutra 2012|

The Sprint Retrospective Process in Practice: Iterating on Salvage Runner’s Successes and Mitigating Its Risks (Part Two)

An update from Ben, a member of the Guildhall at SMU team blogging for Gamasutra: Retrospective Report Sprint 2 - Proof of Concept Gameplay 10/29/2012 - 11/2/2012 1. Introduction The purpose of the Retrospective Report is to describe in detail the specific activities that were most effective and those that need adjustments prior to the sprint.  A goal of the document is to inform future sprint teams of the obstacles encountered during this release. Sprint 2 began on 10/29/2012 and went through 11/2/2012. 2. Release Overview Sprint 2 was the second and last Proof of Concept sprint before moving to Vertical Slice.   It contains: Voice overs scripts written and outsourced for auditions Implementation of placeholder music and sound effects Salvage pickup [...]

2012-11-21T21:09:43+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Guildhall at Gamasutra 2012|

The Sprint Retrospective Process in Practice: Iterating on Salvage Runner’s Successes and Mitigating Its Risks (Part One)

An update from Ben, a member of The Guildhall at SMU team blogging for Gamasutra, and assistant producer of: Revenge of the Dragon King Raging Sushi: Enter the Roll Salvage Runner I am pleased to work currently as an assistant producer for three 2D student-created games at The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University. Each team consists of four underclassmen and I. The underclassmen are working on their first games at the Guildhall. At the Guildhall, the faculty teaches use of agile development processes such as daily scrum meetings, creating and maintaining scrum boards and product and sprint backlogs, and participating in sprint retrospectives. These three game projects serve as the first time that many of the team members have been exposed [...]

2012-11-21T21:08:16+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Guildhall at Gamasutra 2012|

Summary of My Sprint Retrospectives at The Guildhall

An update from Navin, a member of The Guildhall at SMU team blogging for Gamasutra: I am currently the producer on two projects at The Guildhall at SMU. Each of the teams consists of at least one artist, one programmer, and two designers. They are currently working on a new engine created internally by the Guildhall. The two games consist of: Miasma – 2D classic platformer Untethered – 2D gravity shifting platformer Throughout the ten week project, the team passes through six different milestones (Proof of Concept Technology, Proof of Concept Gameplay, Vertical Slice, Alpha, Beta, and RTM). After each milestone has been successfully completed, each of my teams goes through a sprint retrospective meeting. This meeting allows the team to discuss the effective [...]

2012-11-21T21:03:57+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Guildhall at Gamasutra 2012|

Guildhall Production Track 3: The Sprint Retrospective

An update from Dustin, a member of the Guildhall at SMU team blogging for Gamasutra: Last week marked the Proof of Concept Gameplay milestone for Team Game Project (TGP1) teams here at Guildhall.  These teams each consist of four or five student developers from the Guildhall’s newest class of students, Cohort 19. I serve as Associate Producer for two of these teams, and lead them through their Sprint Retrospective after each sprint. For projects this small, each sprint retrospective looks back at about one week of work for the teams. This is far more frequent than development in a professional environment, of course, but serves as a useful learning tool and puts us in the habit of using good practices. So [...]

2012-11-21T21:02:25+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Guildhall at Gamasutra 2012|

What makes a history?

An update from Rebecca, a senior vocal performance and music education major: I've spent quite a bit of time in Fondren Library the past few days looking up demographic and financial data for the Jubilee Park area. It's been interesting to track the rise and fall of the population in the area, as well as the way the African-American population in Jubilee Park seems to fall as the Hispanic population rises. It's also interesting to note that, when calculated for inflation, the average income between 1994 and 2008 in the area has risen only marginally, and some years, there are strangely dramatic drops in the population. I've been combing newspaper articles, especially in the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas [...]

2012-11-20T23:24:34+00:00 November 20th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

Rock Climbing Day Trip

An update from Manuel, David, Josh and Grant, Outdoor Adventures Leaders in Training: Getting up bright and early on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 for the trip would have to have been the only downside to the whole experience, but those feelings quickly evaporated in the first morning rays of sunshine on the highway towards Mineral Wells State Park. With the van full to the brim, everyone quickly became acquainted even before we stopped for some morning doughnuts! By the time we arrived, we noticed that Mineral Wells climbing site (penitentiary hollow) was already saturated by Boy Scouts on their very own climbing day trip, so we quickly set up our own anchors to make sure we had guaranteed walls to climb! We climbed for [...]

2012-11-27T21:27:36+00:00 November 19th, 2012|SMU Outdoor Adventures|

A community pre-1997

An update from Abi, a junior music performance major: This fall I have been involved with a project centered on a community in Fair Park called Jubilee Park.  My group was assigned the pre-1997 history of the park. The class is called Latino/Latina Religions and is taught by Professor Jill DeTemple. To be honest, I had absolutely no clue what the class would entail and certainly never imagined a research project on a Dallas community! The class has been very enlightening, and I have been privileged to be able to speak to some of the people who live in the community around Jubilee Park.  They are tied closely to the ideals of the park and the programs that it offers. [...]

2012-11-20T23:00:11+00:00 November 16th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|
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