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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February 16, 2016

Let Me Tell You a Story…

Have there ever been more beautiful words than “Let me tell you a story”?  This is what parents say to children. This is what a book or a movie says with its title. By some measure, the only difference between Homo Sapien and Homo Erectus is that Homo Sapien could tell stories. So, stories are more…

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January 21, 2016

Road map for 2016 – Have you made yours yet?

Warning! The introduction to this article uses a train metaphor but has nothing to do with SAFe. Emergency! My favourite Agile product teams have been derailed! The perfect click clack of the sprint cadence dropping of valuable software at every station has ground to a halt. The railway controller has been replaced with a new…

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September 29, 2015

A Day in the Life of a User Story

[process, story, done, bugs, improvements, product demo] ‘A user story is a planning unit, it is not a ‘requirement’. A user story has a life of its own. It starts as a twinkle in a PO’s eye, and ultimately it may be deployed in code. A lot can happen from start to finish. This article…

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January 30, 2015

Stories at scale – part 3

This series has a part one and two Additional artefacts There is nothing wrong with creating additional artefacts if they help explain a particular concept or help transfer understanding around complexity. Agile does not seek to limit the options we have in communication through artefacts. With the agile-mindset, we know from Alistair Cockburn’s work on…

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