June 14, 2017

Physical Forms for an Agile Mindset #scrumya

Physical Forms for an Agile Mindset #scrumya As big fans of experimentation and also keen yogis.. when Anna came to us to say she had an idea to fuse the agile principles, scrum rituals and yoga poses, we didn’t need much persuading to get involved. After a few months of tweaking, along with Anna kindly presenting the…

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February 15, 2017

Understanding the Switch from Scrum to Kanban

Understanding the Switch from Scrum to Kanban This is a real-life story. It’s a story about addressing the concerns of senior managers who are wary of their delivery teams making their own independent decisions. It’s a common tale that many delivery teams face, and one where, as servant-leaders, scrum master and agile coaches need to…

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October 10, 2016

CSM, 26-27 October

Certified Scrum Master Training —Collaborative ScrumMaster In partnership with Adventures With Agile, I’ll be facilitating my first public Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) workshop since 2010. Naturally, I’m curious as to how it will play out. This Certificate May Not Mean What You Think It Means This is not a training course, it is a workshop—an experience. You will…

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July 5, 2016

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

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…

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June 8, 2016

What do you do when a sprint is cancelled?

What do you do when a sprint is cancelled? All the standard Scrum certifications (CSM, CSD, CSPO) pay little attention to the fact a sprint can be cancelled. At best you will get a single slide and the trainer reinforcing the idea that the Product Owner is the only one who can make the call…

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October 2, 2014

What is value?

Scrum We now have a set of core values from the manifesto and from XP. Let’s see what values we can derive from Scrum. Scrum doesn’t list a set of values or principles. Scrum does have three pillars which form a cycle that is repeated throughout the process on small and larger cycles. These pillars…

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September 7, 2014

The Self-Organising team is at the heart of Agile

From XP (1) and Scrum (2) we have the concept of self-organising teams. A self-organising team doesn’t need to be commanded or controlled to get its work done. This page is a discussion on self-organising teams and the opposite of the command and control top down approach. Self-organising means that the individuals within the team…

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August 4, 2014

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) – An Overview

The term Scaled Agile has emerged because Agile has traditionally been implemented as a grass roots movement across the IT industry on a team by team basis and not on an organisational level. Very bright developers and their immediate managers came up with Agile and then development teams have brought in and implemented the methodology…

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July 16, 2014

The Tester

Testing has become so important in software development that it is everyone’s responsibility. At every stage of the product development, tests are being created and run to ensure the code does what it is supposed to be doing. The old approach In the days of waterfall development, all the testing was done at the end…

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July 4, 2014

The Developer

What does the developer do? The developer is the person who codes (builds) the software from the lowest level components. The term developer has been expanded to also mean tester and deployment manager as these skills often require coding expertise as well. For this discussion we will use the term developer to mean anyone who…

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