How many meetings have you been in that you didn’t understand why you or someone else was there? Or perhaps you didn’t know why the meeting was happening or what the meeting was expected to deliver? On average, an hour meeting attended by ten people costs the business £500. Roll this out to a couple… Read More
I’ve been watching my team for a couple of sprints now, and I’ve generated some questions around how they groom stories. When stories are brought into sprint they are typically between 25% and 50% of the team’s average velocity. The ideal is that every story is around 6% to 10% of the average velocity. The… Read More
When I was a developer, I understood in theory that retrospectives were a good things and were there to help the team improve over time. The thing was, that isn’t how it worked in practice. Our ScrumMaster ran the same retro every time. He would walk in, draw three columns on a flip chart, and… Read More
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.