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Hi everyone! Happy news - I’m getting married on April 3, 2021! I’m really excited and have had a lot of fun planning my wedding so far. In celebration of upcoming Valentine’s Day 💘, I wanted to share my story with the community!
I’ve been mostly using a combo of Jira, Trello and Google Docs to organize things, but nothing official for managing all the streams of work that has to happen. The time is ticking… I have less than 2 months. So, I’ve turned to Jira to help with my planning and core team to get it done!
Check out the screenshots below to see how I’ve used Jira to manage my work!
Maid of honor and fiance’s tasks in swimlanes
The video below shows how I plan sprints
I’ve used Jira to help me visualize and keep track of all the moving parts of planning a big event - like a wedding. I use it in a lightweight way with monthly sprints, where I break up the activities that need to get done based on the timeline of my big day! It’s been really helpful to visualize the progress and keep focus on priorities. When you zoom out at the roadmap view, it can be really overwhelming to see all the things - a reflection of what wedding planning actually feels like, but within my board, I have a focused, manageable world of work. I also have swimlanes with my maid of honor and fiance’s tasks, which gives me comfort knowing there’s one less thing I have to worry about! It also allows me to provide daily standup reminders to my fiance to get his tasks done!
I like to use Jira for it’s powerful planning capabilities, even when I’m using it in a lightweight way... and for it’s baked in agile concepts like sprints and backlogs. Planning a wedding (in a pandemic no less) is incredibly stressful. There are lots of unknowns and you have to be agile and creative. On the creative side, I like to use Trello for visual brainstorming things like moodboards for my bridal party looks or arranging things like my seating plans. I almost always use custom fields with Trello to tag and capture information to help me when I sort things. I suppose I have way too much fun planning and organizing things. I must be a nerd since Jira and Trello are my playground!
Head of Design, Agile & DevOps