There is a lot of talk these days about SAFe. I have a lot of respect for what Dean Leffingwell has done but there is a minor use of language that has been bugging me in recent days. Just as I disagree in using farm animals to describe people on a Scrum team, I believe the Release Train metaphor is dated and has its limitations. I believe, when doing Agile a scale, a Release (Jet) Plane offers a...read more
We’ve all seen it happen. Though we try to show organizations the benefits of using a mature agile delivery framework, we still run into roadblocks. Though the status quo is...read more
What is it?
The purpose of backlog refinement (grooming) is to make improvements to the product backlog. Though there is no official ceremony detailed in the Scrum Guide, the activity...read more
Earlier this week, I facilitated a backlog refinement meeting. In the past, the team was used to the analysts to complete all of the requirements in advance. The delivery team would...read more
queue size compared to utilization
As recently as this week, I’ve been involved in conversations with customers about how we can help make their teams deliver more predictably....read more
The proclamation by Marissa Mayer last month, informing Yahoo employees that working from home is no longer an option, really seemed to bring an important conversation front and center.
If your team is new to Scrum, they don’t have the advantage of looking at their previous velocity before making commitments to the business
A while ago, I published a post titled: Simple...read more
There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t hear some awesome quote or analogy. I put as many as I can into my mental back pocket, hoping for an opportunity to pull one...read more
Regardless of the client I work with, the teams seem to initially struggle with understanding how big (or small) a User Story is, relative to Epics, Features, and Tasks. It doesn’t...read more
Have you ever had a stakeholder who wanted to change work priorities mid-project, mid-release, or mid-sprint? Certainly, one of the reasons we choose to use agile practices as a delivery...read more