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

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 | 2017-11-07T16:03:56+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 | 2017-11-01T15:42:19+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

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 | 2017-11-07T16:11:04+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Product Owner, Retrospective, Scrum|1 Comment

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 | 2017-11-07T15:55:16+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 | 2017-11-07T15:48:02+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 | 2017-05-16T14:17:29+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 | 2017-11-07T15:44:45+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 | 2017-11-07T16:07:26+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Planning|1 Comment