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

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

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

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

“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