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The team has just completed Sprint Planning, committing to four stories:
As a first time book buyer I would like to read a review so I can see if a book is worth reading.
A review has text and isn’t empty
A review has an author name
A review has a title
At most a review is 2500 characters long
As a first time book buyer I would like to...read more
The recent Backlog Refinement session helped split the upcoming User Stories.
The team was able to get from a very large Story: “As a first time book buyer I want to read a trustworthy...read more
Have you seen a developer react after they’ve spent three days writing a feature, only to have the tester say, “Um,..N o that’s not right.” after 5 minutes?...read more
Daily Scrum is about a group of humans working out how they will collaborate for a day. It isn’t a status reporting meeting. Its not for management. It can’t be replaced by...read more
The Team are struggling to payoff the Technical Debt (or mess) that they’ve spent the last six months accumulating. They’ve started to institutionalize writing Unit Tests (by adding...read more
Part of an ongoing series called Scrum Master Tales. The series covers ScrumMaster John and his team as they develop an online bookstore.
Last time we read about our team they were...read more
Caveat – given the way I’m writing this series occasionally things will happen out of order, i.e. I will be reminded of points I wish I had made earlier.John, Sue and the...read more
I’ve been struck how little is written about being a great Scrum Master. There is heaps written about Scaling Agile and a lot of great Technical books, but very little on playing...read more
In my Certified ScrumMaster Training, I ask students not use their laptops and CrackBerry’s. Why?
Some people want to take notes using their laptops. Unfortunately my experience...read more
Shopping in our local Grocery Store (Farm Boy) on a recent Saturday made me realize what a good job they do Limiting Work in Progress (WIP) and Self Organizing. Driving into the parking...read more
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When trying to instil a new habit with a team I often find it useful to add a new question (or two) to the daily standup. Perhaps the team needs to pay more attention to Code Smells...read more
In response to my recent Story Splitting post, I had a few questions and couple of confusions that need clearing up.
A few elements of the INVEST criteria need some discussion:
Sorry for falling off the radar for so long. I’m doing some coaching work in Toronto and find myself working late enough most nights that I don’t have the energy to write when I’m...read more
I recently published an article “Technical Debt a Perspective for Managers”. On another forum I got the suggestion that the team should take a break every couple of months and spend...read more
When Agile/Scrum Trainers teach about new teams about User Stories, we usually talk about Bill Wake’s INVEST criteria which includes Small:
Good stories tend to be small. Stories...read more
According to Dictionary.com, a community is:
1. a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical...read more