Jeffry Hesse wrote this blog post. And it inspired me to write the post below.
The new Scrum Guide says that PBIs (product backlog items) must be well-understood and granular enough (just before going into) for Sprint Planning. And that PB Refinement is the process we use to get them to Ready.
Those are not quotes, but that is how I read it. I think accurately.
Jeff Sutherland and I and others...read more
All of you should be aware of the Agile Manifesto and the Agile Principles.
To me, they are not perfect, but they are an excellent expression of many of the key ideas behind Agile. ...read more
First, I wanted to say that I feel each ‘large scale agile’ situation is different. The key problems are different. And therefore, the solution(s) should be different.
I was just doing a course with Dave Muldoon in Canada. One of the workshops was scaling. In that context, we discussed release plan refactoring or product backlog grooming.
To me, the...read more
Some of us in the Agile community think: an organization’s culture needs to change before agile can be fully adopted.
This certainly seems to be true.
Let’s define this...read more
Why do we want to deliver fast, and then faster?
Well, the first reason is…that’s what the customer wants. The customer is thirsty. They want a drink now. She does not want...read more
Fernando Cuenca has an excellent blog post, here. He discusses what he learned at Agile 2013.
I will summarize his learnings in my words.
The ultimate question is: how to have a...read more
Imagine that you have gotten some interest in Agile. Perhaps you read a book, and talked with a friend who is doing it at his firm.
And then you take a Scrum course.
Now what do you...read more
The classic phrase from Sutherland and Schwaber is: Scrum is simple, but Scrum is hard.
And yet, with almost any decent Team, Scrum is fun. Unless the personal chemistry is dysfunctional.
I was asked this question in a class recently. (When should I not use Scrum?) I gave an answer, but I want to give a better answer.
To be fair, it is a hard question. And a hard...read more
Here is a good quote:
Now I have to tell you something, and I mean this in the best and most inoffensive way possible: I don’t believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential...read more
In Saturday’s (8/2/2013) Wall Street Journal, Dan Ariely suggests that to reach a decision, and often just to make progress, you need deadlines. Deadlines ‘force’...read more
The second line in the ScrumButt Test says: Software must be tested and working by the end of each iteration.
This is the second of three items that confirm that the team (project)...read more