I make photo avatars for everyone I work with. Photos are great for putting on team boards showing who is working a given task or story.
What is the difference between a good avatar and a bad avatar?
|Good avatar||Bad avatar|
|Clearly identifiable passport style photo (no sunglasses, facing the camera, take in the last decade etc)||Not really sure who this is? Maybe the American guy in the team?|
|Clear name||No name|
|Great for learning new names||No idea who anyone is|
|Helpful for visitors to address team members by name||“Um, who is this again?”|
|Great for showing ownership and pride||Still not sure who it working on this|
|Big. Avatars should be big enough to be read by anyone within three meters of the Team’s Board. Someone always asks me if their avatar could be smaller. My answer is that they could, but that they wouldn’t be fit for purpose||Too small|
|Usually only three per team member to encourage them to limit Work In Progress (WIP)||Why are there so many of these? Who is doing all this work? Why is nothing getting DONE?|
|There’s only one Harambe||Everyone wants to be Captain America (or Hulk)|
Once I have avatars for the whole teams I pull them all together and make them into a document that I call the Team Sheet.
- One goes on the top of the Team’s Board.
- One goes on the program board for Scrum of Scrums
- The team take one with them to planning events, hackathons, anywhere they are representing as a Team
- One goes on the front page of the deck they make for Showcase
- Three more get printed for lamination and cutting up into avatars.
Link to avatar template in Word