July 5, 2016

Why is it so hard to do the right amount of refinement?

Teams don’t do enough product backlog refinement. Yes, it’s a sweeping statement and yes there are teams where this isn’t true but for the most part I feel it’s a common problem for new and existing teams. All the coaching for Scrum talks about a team using 10% of their time for refinement. If you…

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January 13, 2016

Backlog refinement versus Sprint planning

Coaching teams that are new to Agile and Scrum is often about finding the right trade-offs for that team and the domain they are working on. No one size fits all and that is the reason why implementing Agile is often hard. One of the trade-offs is in which meeting the product backlog ordering and…

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October 28, 2015

Backlog refinement techniques

It never ceases to amaze me that teams can come up with more and more inventive ways of improvement. Just yesterday, I was in a backlog refinement meeting where we resized / refined the entire backlog in 15 minutes. The technique starts with a free jira plugin called Cards, which allows you to format the…

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