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 | 2017-08-21T11:12:16+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 | 2017-08-21T09:32:54+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 | 2017-08-17T15:46:10+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, 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 | 2017-08-22T10:57:11+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 | 2017-08-22T14:23:20+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 | 2017-08-15T16:51:31+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Automated Tests, Scrum, Scrum Developer|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 | 2017-08-22T14:27:38+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Planning|0 Comments

Controversy: The Best Product Owner Is Not the Client

The Product Owner (PO) is certainly the most neglected of the three Scrum roles. Precisely for this reason, many organizations end up finding a solution that seems to be easier than training or hiring a good PO: giving that title to the client. Because of that, we often hear the notion that the best Product [...]

By | 2017-08-22T13:17:20+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Product Owner, Scrum|0 Comments

“New System Version!”

Almost everyone who works with computing, or at least works closely with an IT team, has heard this sentence: “We have to rebuild the system!” The result is a new system version released frequently. There can be many reasons: Replacing outdated technology A new platform Or the most genuine reason: providing maintenance to the code [...]

By | 2017-08-22T13:35:22+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Scrum, Scrum Developer|0 Comments