Scrum

“Feelings and Paths” Retrospective

Many people complain about a lack of team engagement in retrospectives. The facilitator's role in the ceremony is to guide the participants to reach the desired results - to help them create, to understand them, to accept them. Therefore, it’s also the facilitator's duty to be creative. Nowadays, the "Positive Points," "Negative Points" and "Improvements" [...]

By | 2017-11-16T15:48:57+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Facilitation, Retrospective, Scrum|0 Comments

Five Fingers: A Facilitation Technique

Have you ever been in a never-ending meeting, discussing things for hours, trying to reach a consensus? It’s stressful, isn’t it? Here I’ll explain a facilitation technique specifically developed for reaching consensus. But what does consensus mean? Contrary to what many people think, reaching a consensus doesn’t mean achieving unanimity – the concept of consensus [...]

By | 2017-11-16T16:05:25+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Facilitation, Kanban, Scrum|0 Comments

NPS – Measuring Client Satisfaction

The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a technique that is widely used to measure your customers’ satisfaction with a product offered by you or your company. It’s a simple and practical calculation. As the name implies, the result is the percentage of people who promote your brand/product, or in other words, the percentage of people [...]

By | 2017-11-16T15:51:39+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Marketing, Product Owner|0 Comments

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 | 2017-11-07T16:11:54+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

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-07T15:43:29+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Agile-Digital Transformation, Scrum|0 Comments

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 | 2017-11-07T16:06:25+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 | 2017-11-01T13:29:32+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 details 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, we [...]

By | 2017-11-08T09:41:19+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 | 2017-11-01T15:42:19+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Product Owner, Scrum|1 Comment