the training Dilemma

Scrum is easy to understand but difficult to master. For a team to be successful with Scrum, developers have to learn new ways of working as well as adopt Agile Engineering practices. Building things iteratively and incrementality differs from traditional SDLC phased development. In addition, developers must apply new technical skills and techniques in to be…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – Canceling the Sprint Retrospective

ScrumMaster: “I’ve cancelled this week’s retrospective since we have all these production issues to tackle.” This one is a slippery slope. If the site is down, then the focus should be on getting it back up as quickly as possible. However, I hear the same arguments around automated testing, good design practices, and minimizing technical debt.…

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The product backlog refinement canvas

Use the Product Backlog Refinement Canvas as a template to help you and your team run effective refinement sessions. The Scrum Guide defines Product Backlog Refinement as the act of breaking down and further defining Product Backlog items into smaller more precise items. This is an ongoing activity to add details, such as a description, order,…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – When is Sprint Planning?

Developer: “I’m not sure when the next Sprint planning is. The ScrumMaster hasn’t scheduled it yet” Two things concern me here. First, the seemingly variability of events. Second, the reliance on the ScrumMaster. In Scrum, we work on a cadence. Once we determine the Sprint length, we mostly stick to it with a few exceptions around…

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How Developers Manage Their time in Scrum

Developers on Scrum teams split their time across 3 main areas each and every Sprint. Building the Product Increment During the Sprint, Developers work on Product Backlog Items that help accomplish the Sprint Goal and deliver a Product Increment. Developers on a Scrum team build the Product Increment. That is their main accountability. This involves all…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – The Sprint was a Colossal Failure

Scrum Master: “Team, the last Sprint was a colossal failure.” So when can a Sprint be considered a failure? Let us start by defining what does failure mean in this situation? Is it about the team's velocity being low? Is it the team not completing all the Product Backlog Items they took on in Sprint Planning?…

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What is a product increment in scrum

Many teams adopt Scrum but still approach development the same old way. Build widget A in Sprint 1, build B in Sprint 2, and build C in Sprint 3, and in Sprint 4, we put A+B+C together. In Scrum, a Product Increment is whatever you previously built, plus anything new you built in this last Sprint…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – Scrum Master Canceling the Daily Scrum

Scrum Master: “Team, tomorrow's daily Scrum has been canceled as I have a doctor appointment and I can't be there to run the meeting.” A statement like this indicates a misunderstanding of the purpose of the Daily Scrum, the role of the ScrumMaster as well as the importance of sticking to a cadence. A common misconception…

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What Is Agile Technical Coaching

Agile technical coaching is about helping teams adopt agile engineering practices that are essential to succeeding with Scrum. These practices help teams and organizations realize the benefits of Scrum, like faster time to market, faster return on investment, reduced risk, improved quality, and increased adaptiveness to be able to quickly respond to changing requirements and changing…

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Free Scrum Foundations Course

New to Agile and Scrum? Learn the fundamentals of Scrum covering Scrum theory values, Scrum roles, Scrum events, and Scrum artifacts by watching this 14 part video series based on the Scrum Alliance® Scrum Foundations Learning Objectives that are aligned with the Scrum Guide. Watch the video series here.

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