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Daily Scrum – Myths and Facts

Two weeks ago, we had the fourth edition of the Regional Scrum Gathering Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was the largest one so far, with 500 attendees and 165 people on the waiting list. Jeff Sutherland, creator of Scrum, was there as our guest and Keynote speaker, along with Ademar Aguiar, one of the brightest [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:40:39+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Daily Scrum, Scrum|0 Comments

How detailed should the backlog be?

How to structure a backlog is still an issue discussed in some agile teams, and a recurring point has been the excessive detail s that go into all the backlog items. To help with this matter, we use the horizon metaphor to guide the PO’s job. Some problems found  When we work on a backlog, [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:03:47+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Planning|0 Comments

P.O. Surprised in the Review? Now what?

I often hear the following statement in my classes: "At the Sprint Review meeting, the Product Owner accepts or rejects the product increment developed by the team during the Sprint." Every time I hear this, I stop what we're doing and start a good conversation with the students to set everything straight. Having worked as [...]

By | 2017-05-10T14:59:41+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Product Owner, Scrum|1 Comment

Controversy: Can the Product Owner participate in the Retrospective?

Despite what people may say, the answer is simple: yes. And it's not only that they can participate, but they MUST participate! The Product Owner is part of the Scrum team, and as a team member, s/he must be present in every retrospective. The PO is part of the team! The objective of a retrospective [...]

By | 2017-05-16T14:08:40+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Product Owner, Retrospective, Scrum|1 Comment

Retrospective with Management 3.0: Moving Motivators

The dynamics of Moving Motivators, by Jurgen Appelo, father of Management 3.0, helps managers learn more about what motivates their team members. Jurgen’s idea when creating this exercise was to provide a tool to reflect about individual motivation and how it is affected by organizational change. The Moving Motivators The exercise is simple. If you [...]

By | 2017-05-16T14:17:29+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Management 3.0, Moving Motivators, Retrospective, Scrum|1 Comment

Dysfunctional Daily Scrum: how to identify them?

The Scrum Master looks at his or her watch. It's time for the Daily Scrum. The team doesn't move. The Scrum Master thinks: "Gosh, here I go, babysitting them again!" He or she pulls a team member by the arm, finding resistance. "Come on, guys, it's time for the Daily Scrum. Let's go!" The Development [...]

By | 2017-05-16T14:22:04+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Daily Scrum, Scrum, ScrumMaster|0 Comments

Approval or feedback in the Sprint Review?

The Sprint Review meeting begins. The Development Team and the Product Owner show the client what they did during that Sprint. The client observes, but doesn't say much, except for a few basic questions. At the end, the client approves (and even applauds) the work, says good-bye and leaves. Everyone thinks, "Phew! The meeting was [...]

By | 2017-06-02T10:35:14+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Planning|0 Comments

Product Backlog, Continuous Planning and the Horizon Analogy

Imagine this scenario: you're out in the street watching the city in front of you. Buildings, cars, people and other things are distributed from where you are standing to the distant horizon. To describe what you see, what level of detail can you use in your description? Now imagine your next software development project. When you [...]

By | 2017-06-02T13:37:14+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Planning|0 Comments