Scrum

Daily Scrum – Myths and Facts

In 2017, 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, the creator of Scrum, was there as our guest and Keynote speaker, along with Ademar Aguiar, one of the brightest [...]

By | 2018-04-16T14:32:35+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Daily Scrum, Scrum|0 Comments

How detailed should the backlog be?

Structuring 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 can make [...]

By | 2018-04-13T15:41:53+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 | 2018-04-13T16:18:29+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 | 2017-11-27T18:02:15+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 to learn more about what motivates their team members. Jurgen’s idea while creating this exercise was to provide a tool to reflect on individual motivation and see how organizational change is affecting them.   The Moving Motivators The exercise is simple. [...]

By | 2018-04-13T15:36:18+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 | 2018-04-17T16:11:35+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 | 2017-11-22T16:19:14+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 | 2017-11-23T09:46:40+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Automated Tests, Developer, Scrum|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 | 2018-03-28T15:28:25+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Planning|0 Comments