We arrived in Helsinki on Sunday evening, ready to start our week long SDK sprint on Monday. Our hotel was in a nice location, by the sea.
The work stuff
The SDK is a core part of Ubuntu and provides an array of components and flexibility needed to create applications across staged and windowed form factors, with good design and user experience in mind.
The purpose of the sprint was to have the designers and engineers come together to work on tools and components such as palette themes, bottom edge, header, scrollbars, focus handling, dialogs, buttons, menus, text selections and developer tasks such as IDE, packaging and application startup.
Monday morning started with walking into our venue that looked somewhat like a classroom.
What we achieved
During the course of the week we achieved what we’d set out to do:
- Amended the theme palette to include any missing colours and then apply these to various components
- Completed the implementation and release the bottom edge component into the staging environment
- Completed the section scrolling prototype and have it reviewed by visual design and UX
The planets aligned… literally
In the early hours of Wednesday morning (before breakfast) a few of us managed to witnessed a planetary conjunction (Venus, Mars and Jupiter) which was truly amazing… a surprise benefit of sprinting in the arctic circle.
Even though there were a few hours of daylight, we managed to embrace the cold and stand outside to enjoy the beautiful views during lunch and coffee breaks.
All in all, it was a very productive and fun sprint. We left with a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie.