Our team is comprised primarily of relatively new staters, with all but one being here between four months and four weeks. One developer (let’s call him Jack) has been here much longer and is very familiar with the product. As I’m sure we’ve all seen in this scenario the team has developed a level of… Read More
This week is my first week with the team I’m going to be working with for the next few months. I started on the last day of sprint 28, which was also my predecessor’s last day. This week we setup sprint 29 and I broke the golden rule of not changing anything in the first… Read More
Are you getting full value from your user stories? Do you know why you’re writing them? Are the right people involved? Does everyone understand the work? Read More
Agile is a term being used a lot in software development these days. From start-ups to international banks, everyone says they’re agile or they want to be. So, what is agile?
The role of ScrumMaster is becoming more and more popular. As this popularity grows, so do the amount of people who are trying to break in. Here are five things I would advise any budding ScrumMaster to do.
I’ve worked in many organisations undergoing an agile transformation, both as part of the development team and as a ScrumMaster. Over the years I’ve seen the behaviour of the development team have an impact upon the agile journeys of organisations. Given agile was designed by and for developers, its they who have the most to… Read More
We tried to cancel a sprint for a release, but were told that failing was unacceptable. We failed the sprint, and the release.
Agile retrospectives are something that all agile teams are by now familiar with, to one extent or another. Retros are built into the manifesto in Principle 12; At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly. Retros were built into frameworks such as eXtreme Programming… Read More
Since my career delivered me to the world of agile, I have mainly worked with organisations that were in the process of an agile transformation. This is a very different environment to any other. When an organisation makes any kind of large scale cultural change it is almost inevitable that it will face problems from… Read More
Over the last few months I’ve heard many experienced agile practitioners talk about their thoughts and feelings around agile adoption in London, and the wider world. A common theme between them all has been that there is a difference between saying that one is ‘doing’ agile, and actually being agile. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken to… Read More