All posts filed under: agile

The Role of the Scrum Master

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scrum

I’ve stumble upon this list, and I like it – as it clarifies again a bit the role of the Scrum Master. Source: https://age-of-product.com/70-scrum-master-theses/ Scrum is not a methodology, but a framework. There are no rules that apply to each and every scenario — just practices that have worked before in other organizations. Successful practices of other organizations cannot simply be copied to your own. Every practice requires a particular context to work. You need […]

Done!

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The most important objective of a sprint in Scrum is to deliver a DONE product increment – a piece of working software delivering value for the end-user. That is the goal today, and always has been the goal. In a context, in which multiple Scrum teams work on the same product, it’s the goal – and only goal –  to deliver each (and every) sprint an integrated product increment – so no UNDONE work left […]

Scrum – It is what it is.

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And I don’t intend to say that with a negative perspective. Quite often people wonder why Scrum – a framework for complex product development – has the rules as described in the Scrum Guide. The authors of Scrum (Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland) say that the framework contains the roles, events, artifacts, and the rules that bind them together necessary to operate. Adding, changing or removing something will not make it Scrum anymore and a […]

Agile Transformation is a strategy, not a goal.

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I came across an interesting article on InfoQ, it’s titled “Transforming from Projects to Products“. If you want deeper understanding on topics, InfoQ offers descent and great articles. So I’d like you (someone in any position who plans or is part of an “agile transformation” to read this). Excerpts of the article: The general understanding and perception of “Agile” or “agile” ” ‘Agile’ as we have come to know it whether we mean Scrum, Kanban, […]

Agile/lean podcasts!

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agile / lean

Listening to podcasts Podcasts are a great way to learn and to listen in to conversations with people you’ve might have heard of, but you don’t really know who they are. Podcasts are a tremendous source to learn about new topics – virtually anything! I’ve been listening to podcasts for a while, mainly topics relevant to my professional occupation – but there are many many podcasts out there! I listen to podcast when commuting to […]

Scrum Without Innovation Culture is a Car Going Nowhere

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agile

Great article on why approaches like Scrum and Lean startup are about innovation, and change the culture of an organisation towards innovation. The author advocates that Lean/Agile coaching should be mostly change management. It should be about creating a culture of continuous innovation. I couldn’t agree more! … if this explosion of Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters isn’t leading to a whole host of Scrum zombies, which will then lead to the conclusion in three […]

Scrum Master

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Scrum Master

“A good Scrum Master helps the team to solve their problems, helps them to reach the sprint goal.” “A great Scrum Master helps the team to solve the most crucial problems, creates an environment for the emerge of new practices and emerging knowledge.” Source: A Scrum Master’s Practical Toolbox Image: http://paulheidema.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Blog-graphic-scrum-master.png

Challenging Sprint Retrospectives

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continuous improvement / scrum

For the readers: A reference for organising retrospectives is the book “Agile Retrospectives – Making Good teams Great”, by Esther Derby & Diana Larsen. They describe the main steps of an agile retrospective. The prime directive of retrospectives has been formulated by Norman Kerth in his book “Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews”. “Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they […]

A True North for Lean-Agile?

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agile / lean
compass

There are many manifestos written, principles and values. I sympathise a lot with this: Imagine… everyone able to work consistently at their best: Individuals, teams, between teams, across the organisation Right conversations, right people, best possible moment Needs anticipated, met at just the right time Source: A True North for Lean-Agile?

The Agile landscape – should we care?

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Yes, “agile” is an umbrella term, the word was chosen by the signatories of the agile manifesto. Who-ever would be referring to the agile method, doesn’t understand what agile refers to. The existence of many agile methods, frameworks and approaches (no, Scrum is not the only agile method) for single teams and multiple teams illustrates the continuous journey of exploring and uncovering new and better ways of developing products. And that’s a good thing, isn’t it? […]

Agile Manifesto Values add-on for large enterprises

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agile / manifesto

We are uncovering better ways of working in large enterprises by doing it and helping others do it. We value: Delighting Customers First over Shareholder Returns First Focusing on Delighting Customers First leads to Shareholder Returns Enterprise-Wide Agility over Agile for Software Development only Optimise for flow, learning and feedback along the whole value stream Empowered Product Teams over Command & Control Role based Work Passing Long live teams with high Alignment, Autonomy and Safety […]