(…of what your team has done)

Did you get one of these questions in your journey so far?

I do take the time at the beginning of the year to recap the last one. Content and number/statistic wise. Here are two examples of how I do that.

Graph the # of items and their duration

Because JIRA doesn’t support fancy reports out-of-the-box I do it by hand in several steps (if you have shortcuts to get same results, pls. …

Most of you may know the following effects and biases. If not, you maybe will learn something new. If yes, I just want to remind you and give you a short checklist you can print out and read regularly. Because we often know the stuff in the back of our head, but do not use them.

So, print yourself a “Are you sure?” sign and remind yourself of your known biases. And then change something or keep on doing it, but mindful. Enjoy!

Are you affected by Dunning–Kruger effect?

Basically it burns down to Dunnings cite:

“If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent. […] The…

In my teams I found it useful to have a Confluence page available where you can easily get the team’s JIRA-issue-health. I have computed and commented the following JIRA Query Language Statements (JQL) for you. Pls. find my last Medium-Article worth reading before.

If you are experienced with working with JIRA and Confluence you maybe skip the Groundworks part and take the JQLs as an inspiration.


Add a macro by typing “{“

Get a new Confluence page and start by adding the JIRA Macro to it. Just start typing {ji… and select JIRA.

After that you can paste the JQL (see below), edit the project and…

As you were reading Albina Popova’s articles [1, 2 & 3] about #NoEstimates you might have wonder how you would do some kind of measuring without story points and explicit estimation. These JIRA and Confluence shorthands may help you:


First of all, please open your Board Configuration by clicking “Board” in upper right corner and then “Configure”. Navigate to the “Estimation” Tab on the left column. Here select “Issue Count”.

Burndown Chart

This has the impact, that “Issue Count” is default option for Burndown-Charts from now on. And this is as helpful as Story Point Burndowns were. They’re a pretty good indicator…

Hamburg harbor view from conference

I just attended the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2016 (#LKCE16) here in Hamburg, which was held on 8th — 9th of November.

Disclaimer: This is my personal review and influenced by the sessions I’ve attended. For others this might not copy or apply as well.


First of all: For me the form won over content. It was simply terrible cold. Wait, why was it cold? Because someone picked a nice designed, small restaurant like place for over 200 people (guess) and pimped it with two tents outside. …

…in the same instand you have finished reading this article

Yes we are agile. We are doing the right things and we are doing the things right. And all that stuff. It is great to work in a real agile surrounding. It is fun, it is productive and effective. But then, when the year is over, tax men come along and say something like:

“Your profit is this high? You have to pay taxes this high!”

And perhaps now your values, your fun and your effectiveness go overboard like a reuse in a storm at Bering Sea. Old management overtakes, because “agile didn’t work”. …

Simon M. Kühn

Agile Coach / CGN / HAM / Foodist

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