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All About Agile - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:38
I've never met a Scrum team that was highly performant (one commonly stated end goal) that did not have a highly engaged and participatory Product Owner. I've also not met one person that can do all that that role requires for Scrum tea...
All About Agile - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 09:00
Okay…I think this is the 5th post (or so) we have in our series on the Fundamentals of Agile Transformation. You might ask yourself… wait, Mike hasn’t said anything about the Fundamentals of Agile Transformation… and, you know what, you’d be right. What I’m trying to do here is lay the foundation for a different […]
All About Agile - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:15
If you estimate the size of your stories in relative story points, realize that the more large stories you have in your backlog, the less reliable will be your velocity (trend) for planning future work. The velocity trend values will be less accurate when there are bigger stories in your backlog, than when the stories […]
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All About Agile - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:00
The ScrumMaster duties make up a full-time job on a Scrum Team. The ScrumMaster should not be a manager, a developer or have any other partial duties outside the role of ScrumMaster. This focus allows a ScrumMaster to complete their … Continue reading →
All About Agile - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:02
Mike Cohn has the phrase ‘planning poker’ registered. So, this is acknowledgement of that. And, like Kleenex, that’s what we call the thing itself. It no longer has a generic name. And, as some readers know, I like Priority Poker … Continue reading →
All About Agile - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:00
The Scrum Team needs a great deal of help from their ScrumMaster. This help includes: removal of obstacles, advancement and reminders of the Scrum principles and practices, ongoing facilitation of effective Scrum meetings, accompaniment of the Team Members to develop … Continue reading →
All About Agile - Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:17
I frequently hear or read people suggesting using User Stories for relatively long-range planning. Sometimes they mean something as short as a release in a few months. Sometimes they’re talking about multiple releases over a year or two. In all of these cases, they’re talking about breaking down the work to be done into small […]
All About Agile - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 15:11
Hi Everyone, I don’t do announcements on here too often, but I wanted to let everyone know about the official launch of our new product: the Scrum Team Assessment – an online tool for your team to get a report … Continue reading →
All About Agile - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:42
In one of my previous articles (Project Managers: Nurturing vs. Hiring?) I’ve written on why we prefer to nurture product owners (we call them feature owners) internally, instead of hiring newcomers. Quite some time has passed since we decided to try this approach, and it has yielded good results mostly. It’s safer and more reasonable [...]
All About Agile - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:52
The foundation of predictable delivery is to make a commitment to an iteration of work using story estimation. In order to make a commitment, delivery teams need to estimate how much work there is and determine whether that work will fit within the iteration timeframe. So, how do you make sure you’re doing a good […]
All About Agile - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 06:50
The Perfection Game can be used to get feedback on a product or service that has been provided. It is also a retrospective exercise usable to discover strengths and define effective improvement actions. The perfection game gives power to the teams and helps them to self organize and become more agile. Continue reading →
All About Agile - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 07:09
Like I mentioned in my last post, the problem we think most execs are trying to solve with agile (are we building the right product), isn’t the problem they are actually trying to solve with agile. Walking into a room of senior vice presidents talking about empowering teams, enabling them to inspect and adapt, and figuring […]
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All About Agile - Thu, 12/12/2013 - 11:39
This week I did a talk at Skills Matter about my agile journey and some of the key learnings I’ve taken from it so far. They have published a video so if you’d like to hear it you can do so here - http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/agile-scrum/my-agile-journey-if-only-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now Kelly.
All About Agile - Wed, 11/20/2013 - 04:48
Wow, that went fast! I went independent back in May and have been working at the Guardian as interim director of engineering for the digital division. What a fantastic and exciting time it’s been. The Guardian really is the awesome place it’s perceived to be and deserves all the accolades and awards it’s received in [...]
All About Agile - Sat, 11/16/2013 - 10:47
Jeffry Hesse wrote this blog post. And it inspired me to write the post below. The new Scrum Guide says that PBIs (product backlog items) must be well-understood and granular enough (just before going into) for Sprint Planning. And that … Continue reading →