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How to Balance Short-, Medium- and Long-term Horizons

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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… Read more »

Retrospective with Management 3.0: Moving Motivators

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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…. Read more »

Dysfunctional Daily Scrum: how to identify it?

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Dysfunctional Daily Scrum: how to identify it?

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… Read more »

Approval or feedback in the Sprint Review?

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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 fundamental questions. At the end, the client approves (and even applauds) the work, says ‘good-bye’ and leaves. Everyone thinks, “Wow! The meeting was… Read more »

Product Backlog, Continuous Planning and the Horizon Analogy

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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… Read more »

“New System Version!”

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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… Read more »