Food For Thought #51: Scrum in Relationships, Kill Backlogs, Customer Centricity

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of July 25th, 2016—shared with 3,558 peers—offers a rich summer buffet of topics: Spotify wants to be good at failing, or—one of my favs in this issue—how to apply Scrum to relationships. (Better start stocking Post-Its…) And you should consider joining the revolution and kill backlogs and roadmaps, or at least be inspired to make them usable. We also...

Minimum Valuable Problem

Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds.  Finding that “one thing” you can do, which people want, is really about a lot more than picking one thing.  It is a combination of solving the minimum valuable problem...

What I Did Not Learn At ScrumMaster Training

I was perplexed in the difference between the velocities of the two Agile (Scrum) teams. When I examined the metrics of two different Scrum teams, I noticed they produced wildly different outputs. The first, let’s call them Team Alpha, produced excellent work....

7 Rules For Running Effective Meetings

This article is part of our Team Dynamics series. Admit it. You don’t always run ineffective meetings. But when you do, you make sure they last an eternity, have pointless agendas, and cause participants to run and hide each time you call one!   Yes…we’ve...

The Flying Trapeze

I’ve never attempted to try the trapeze. I have friends that do it and love it, but I’m not so sure it’s for me. I’m pretty adventurous about many things, but flying around at what seems like 100ft seems to be a little risky. Trying new...

Article Review: Agile Teams Bend But They Don’t Break

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramIn an out-dated model of work environments, there are clear “rights” and clear “wrongs.” Usually, the management or leadership determines this and they...

Online Scrum Training

Over 80% of software projects in the world today are run using the Scrum framework. Big companies sometimes offer their own training programmes, but often Agile Scrum Masters take courses from one of a growing number of registered training companies. Every...

The Retro Game

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program The Hunt for Better Retrospectives The rumours had started to spread, retrospectives at our organization were flat, stale and stuck in a rut. The prevailing thought was that...

4 steps to solving issues in projects

In many different projects and organisations, I’ve seen people struggle with techniques on how to solve issues without creating huge issue registers that weigh down the project and takes an inordinate amount of time to manage, resulting in the actual problems...

Splitting User Stories

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramA common challenge faced by inexperienced Scrum teams is related to splitting Product Backlog Items (PBI) so that they are granular enough for development. The INVEST model is...

4 Stages Of High Performing Teams

This article is part of our Team Dynamics series – all you need to know about how to make high performing teams.  In our previous article from Team Dynamics series, we emphasized the importance of culture fit over skill fit when selecting the right people...

Achieving Collective Purpose

“The best teamwork comes from [people] who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” — James Cash Penney JC Penney’s wisdom on teams is undebatable - writing about the benefits of great teamwork seems redundant. We all know that...

Agile Change or Adoption Always Starts with Why

Your organization has decided to become more “Agile.” Why? As we learned in a previous blog post, “Because Our Competitors Are” is not a valid – or sensible – reason. Before embarking on a change, adoption, or improvement program, you need to know the...


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