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6 tips for defining successful metrics for your product

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6 tips for defining successful metrics for your product

Many companies face difficulties when it’s time to define the metrics which will be analyzed in order to know whether the objectives for the products are being achieved. Defining good metrics isn’t an easy task. There is no magic formula or rule which defines which metrics are the most important ones for your product. So… Read more »

Good feedback

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Right from early childhood, we’ve become used to receiving compliments and praise. We start listening only to people who admire our work and inflate our ego. Praise is welcome, but it doesn’t reveal points we could use to improve our product, process, our professional or personal lives. What we really need is good feedback. Seeking… Read more »

Agile Retrospectives

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Learn how to Optimize Your Team’s Performance. “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” (Agile Manifesto, 2001) In this ebook, you’ll find some of the most important techniques that we’ve developed in order to help teams overcome day-to-day struggles. Enjoy! Sign Up To… Read more »

Coaching the Agile Coach

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coaching the agile coach

At K21 I learned that, in order to achieve agile transformation results, you need to pay attention to the four domains of agility: Business, Cultural, Organizational and Technical. To be a good agile coach, I must know my competence in each of these domains. But how do I find out? Rodrigo de Toledo answered this question through… Read more »

BDUF: The art of doing things which shouldn’t be done

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BDUF: The art of doing things which shouldn't be done

BDUF stands for Big Design Up Front and is used to indicate that the whole design solution is done before execution. This is typical of traditional models of software development, where there is an explicit phase of Analysis prior to the implementation phase. So in short, BDUF is the art of doing things which shouldn’t… Read more »

Humans, not Resources

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humans yes, resources no

There are three reasons we don’t call Humans Resources: 1. Creative work isn’t linear (a resource refers to the idea of linearity); 2. It ignores the main variable in the result of a team: collaboration; 3. It labels people as if they weren’t capable of learning new things. Here in Part 1 of ‘Humans yes,… Read more »

Upward Spiral of High Performance Teams

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So-called modern companies count on a highly active and professional HR, with very well crafted Individual Development Plans (IDP’s), well-designed succession strategies and elaborate annual evaluations. But these policies and restrictions stifle the system and in the end, the HR becomes inefficient. One of the main principles of the Agile Manifesto focuses on individuals and… Read more »

Toxic Metrics: What can kill Agility in your team?

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Toxic Metrics: what you shouldn't use

In the article Metrics – How to measure your team’s agility we talked about why and how to measure a team using the four Domains of Agility. We used one of our favorite phrases, which is a warning: Metrics shape behavior. This is important because we have to be very careful with metrics which may… Read more »

Planning with a premature backlog? How about grooming?

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Planning with a premature backlog? How about grooming?

In some teams starting to use Scrum, you often see the backlog grooming taking place during the planning, in other words, all the stories in the sprint are explained, understood, iterated, estimated and sliced during the ceremony. This can cause some problems. Long or shallow planning: Leaving the understanding of new stories to one single… Read more »

What is STATIK? Tips on how to apply the Kanban method!

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Peter Senge systems thinking

Systems Thinking Approach to Introducing Kanban (or STATIK) is, according to David Anderson (the father of the Kanban method), the main approach for anyone wanting to adopt Kanban. Its application generally occurs in a group, involving all those taking part in the execution of the service for which the Kanban method is to be applied. The… Read more »

Tips for a more productive Daily Scrum

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Tips for a more productive Daily Scrum

We often see some dysfunctions which cause Scrum teams to have overly long, dense Daily meetings which a lack of focus. In 2017, Marcos Garrido wrote a post about the Myths and Facts of Daily Scrum, and that inspired me to write down a few tips about how to make the daily meetings more productive…. Read more »