So what are the 5 core values? Focus - Courage - Openness - Commitment - Respect.Read More
So what is an Information Refrigerator? Simple, it's any type of chart, graph, project plan which involves digging around for.... before you find the ketchup your actually looking for!Read More
Scrum is probably the most famous and popular implementation of Agile going....
It's established, structured and well documented - with clearly defined roles, responsibilities and ceremonies.
I've written a few blog posts about Scrum but if you're new to Scrum it's probably worth reading my article
I find this technique works well where you have a medium to large sized product back-log... As a very rough rule of thumb anything under 25 items is probably manageable with Planning poker.... beyond this number is where Affinity Estimation can be a really useful tool in the Scrum Master's arsenal!Read More
I love Agile! I really do, it's brilliant!!! It really is and one of the things I love most are the words we use..... Scrum, Grooming the Backlog and ceremonies, I love a good ceremony... and as Scrum Master I like to think I'm the grand master of ceremonies... I might even buy the big red robe one day!! But one of the things I love more than any other... is the 'The Information Radiator'.
What a brilliant name! I wish I'd coined the phase.... but what is the Information Radiator?Read More
I've used the technique of Story Mapping countless times at project inception to assist in understanding the problem domain area, ensuing a shared understanding of the problem and a collaborative approach to building a product backlog. Unfortunately I can't really claim any credit for this methodology!!Read More
What team isn't trying to be more collaborative these days? However one of the problems you can face as a Scrum Master is how do you encourage the team to work closer together or work with other teams more?
One of the great things about agile is the terminology we use... Theres nothing better than grooming the backlog, updating the information radiator and attending all of our ceremonies!
But being honest - those of us in the agile arena do ourselves no favours talking about velocity and Kanban boards without first explaining some of these terms!
Ideally the goal of the iteration should be set by the product owner ( PO), It’s their opportunity to set the agenda and to ensure that everyone understands what the focus of the sprint is. It’s also the responsibility of the scrum team to commit to the goal or if the goal is unobtainable within a single iteration to explain this to the PO. In determining if a goal is achievable the final say is with the scrum team and the PO should be respectful of their opinion (That doesn’t mean that the PO shouldn’t challenge the team however)Read More
if you're doing Scrum there is in my opinion 10 must do's!Read More