Monthly Archives: April 2017

How to Balance Short-, Medium- and Long-term Horizons

My friend Paulo Caroli wrote in his blog about a project that K21 carried out for a large client. The service provided was inspired by McKinsey's horizons nomenclature. McKinsey's planning horizons: H1: Short-term horizon. This is the dedication to the business that currently pays your bills. H2: Medium-term horizon. Companies have to allocate part of [...]

By | 2017-11-27T17:53:53+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Kanban, Management 3.0|1 Comment

“When will it be ready?” isn’t the most important question

With agile methods, we deliver more value ahead of schedule and with quality. Even so, some people still ask, "When will it be ready?" It's a valid question, but this is not the most important question. We do have to be ready to answer it and there are several techniques that make it simpler to provide [...]

By | 2017-11-27T18:02:15+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Kanban, Lead-time, Scrum|0 Comments

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 | 2017-11-27T18:06:43+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Management 3.0, 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 | 2017-11-27T17:57:17+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 | 2017-11-22T16:19:14+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Planning|1 Comment

Automated tests? Where do I start?

Today’s text intends to explore a question that we sometimes hear from clients. It’s common to hear things like: “Now I understand the importance of having automated tests! The tests which are 100% manual are sacrificing our time and the quality of the release. But where do we start? What types of tests should we [...]

By | 2017-11-23T09:46:40+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Automated Tests, Developer, Scrum|0 Comments