Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – I’m Responsible for Writing User Stories

Business Analyst: "I am a BA on the Scrum team and I'm responsible for writing the user stories." This is another common statement I usually hear from business analysts. Check out the previous post on the who of product backlog refinement that clarifies the responsibility of the business analysts and the rest of the Scrum team.

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8 Steps to Technical Excellence

Agile Engineering practices are essential for succeeding with Scrum and ensuring that teams are capable of delivering a Product Increment at the end of every Sprint. Let’s walk through an 8 step approach to guide your team to adopt these practices and make them easier to learn and apply. Some of these steps you’ll be able…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – Of Course We Are Agile!

Executive: “Of course we are agile, everyone is using Jira now!” A tool does not make you, your team, or organization Agile. I see many organization invest in tooling without investing in proper training and coaching. Our first Agile value is about focusing on individual and interactions over processes and tools. So, any tool we do…

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Free Coaching Sessions

Got a Scrum questions? Are you facing challenges with your Agile adoption? Need advice? We are here to help. Sign-up for a 15 minute slot at one of our weekly coaching sessions. Sessions generally occur on Fridays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (ET) however days/times do vary depending on schedule conflicts. Sign up by using…

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Online Certified Scrum Classes
Virtual Scrum Alliance Training

Online Certified Scrum Classes

Due to the uncertainties around COVID-19, we are temporarily pivoting to virtual classes. The classes will still be live, instructor led, learn by doing, with lots of exercises, discussions, and simulations to ensure an interactive and engaging online learning experience. This includes our foundation and advanced classes: Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)Certified…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – Refining the upcoming 8 Sprints?

Business Analyst: "I just finished refining all stories for the upcoming 8 Sprints. I marked them all as Ready." This is a common statement I usually hear from business analysts. Here we need to look at the who/when/how much of product backlog refinement. We previously discussed the who of product backlog refinement and emphasized that refinement…

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Top 5 reasons teams struggle with adopting agile engineering practices

Agile Engineering practices are not new. They originate from extreme programming back in the late 90s. XP specifically calls out these practices as things you should be doing. And here we are 20 years later still trying to get teams to adopt them. Why is that? We do Scrum not XP People might find these practices…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – The Code Freeze

Developer: “We do a code freeze 2 days before the end of the Sprint so we can start testing.” A statement like this typically means the team is not applying agile engineering practices, the team doesn’t properly break out product backlog items into small vertical slices, and the team is working in a mini-waterfall approach with…

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Top 5 Agile Engineering Practices

Let’s take a look at the top 5 Agile Engineering practices that are essential to succeeding with Scrum and overcoming the struggles team face with trying to deliver a Product Increment at the end of each and every Sprint. Test Driven Development (TDD) TDD is a development practice where we start with a very small automated…

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Tales of the Bizarro Scrum – Isn’t Scrum Just a Team Level Thing?

Executive: “Isn’t Scrum just a team level thing? Why do we need to train and coach the management team?” This sentiment is a common misunderstanding. However, for Scrum to be effective, it requires a change in organizational culture and operations. Without these changes, organization end up implementing Scrum-fall, Scrum-but, or Dark Scrum. It’s where everybody is…

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