Scrum

“Feelings and Paths” Retrospective

Many people complain about lack of team engagement in retrospectives. Because of that, the facilitator’s role is to guide the participants to reach the desired results. That means helping the team to create; understanding and accepting them. Therefore, the facilitator also has to be creative. The basic technique “what went well, what didn’t” fails to [...]

By | 2018-03-13T14:07:44+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Facilitation, Retrospective, Scrum|0 Comments

Five Fingers: A Facilitation Technique

Five Fingers Have you ever been in a never-ending meeting, discussing things for hours or trying to reach a consensus? It’s stressful, isn’t it? I would like to show you a facilitation technique developed specifically for reaching consensus. But what does consensus mean? Contrary to what many people think, reaching a consensus doesn’t mean achieving [...]

By | 2018-04-13T15:53:18+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?

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