If this were the last Sprint ever, what would we deliver?

A good Scrum team needs to be prepared for any given sprint to be the last one on the project. Think of this sprint as if it were the last one ever... Of course, a sudden announcement that the current sprint is the last would certainly cause a reaction, since people are so involved in the [...]

By | 2017-08-31T16:09:56+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Product Owner, Scrum|0 Comments

Replace documentation with short videos

I like to begin my training sessions by asking those involved in project management what their biggest everyday problems are. I ask the group to list five or six main issues, and there is an issue that never fails to make the list: communication problems. And this directly impacts the documentation process. How many times have [...]

By | 2017-08-28T09:59:51+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Scrum|0 Comments

Agility and Moral Harassment in the Workplace

In this post, we’re going to talk about hostile work environments for individuals, and how agility plays an important role in breaking the patterns that foster moral harassment. What exactly would constitute a threat in the workplace? Losing your job? Losing your salary? Disliking the work that you do? Being treated harshly? Some examples Some [...]

By | 2017-08-16T14:35:45+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Management 3.0|0 Comments

Agile Marketing Mindset

Imagine an extensive and detailed marketing plan that took months to complete. Pages and pages of reports, full of charts and analyses. Financial projections and deadlines. All exactly as prescribed in traditional business planning methods. This is the mindset that many of us learned, and that is still very widespread. But are such detailed and [...]

NO as a strategy to develop lean product and avoid waste

Software development is a complex activity, and it can become even more so if we don’t avoid waste. Several decisions must be made along the way, such as: What problem are we solving? Who is the final user? Which programming language should we use? Which frameworks? Should we use our own layout or bootstrap templates? [...]

By | 2017-07-25T16:25:17+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Planning, Product Owner, Scrum|0 Comments

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 | 2017-07-25T16:57:03+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 | 2017-09-01T10:37:33+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Planning|0 Comments

Agile-Digital Transformation

Agile-Digital Transformation is the redefinition of the products and services a company offers to fully leverage the opportunities generated by the constantly evolving digital technologies, blurring the digital and physical worlds and changing how it connects with its customers and creates value for them. The most successful startups today were born with an Agile-Digital DNA. [...]

By | 2017-08-15T17:05:01+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Agile-Digital Transformation|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 | 2017-08-15T17:09:43+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Product Owner, Scrum|1 Comment

How far does Agility go?

It is usually difficult to map the border between what is agile and what isn't. Making this border clear is important to answer various questions: How much progress is an organization making in terms of Agility? What are the points a team needs to improve on? What is the next knowledge an individual should acquire [...]

By | 2017-08-21T10:10:26+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Agile-Digital Transformation|0 Comments