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SCRUM BASICS

The roles, events, and artifacts explained

Scrum is everywhere. From software development to the space tech industry like SpaceX. It is an Agile framework that provides minimum game rules to organize and deliver complex work in changing conditions.

Scrum is one of the most popular frameworks to organize work followed by thousands of teams all over the world.

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What is Scrum?

What is complex work?

Complex work is when more is unknown than known. Unlike a classic assembly line, in software development, we cannot predict the outcome and we don’t have one simple recipe to follow.

That is why waterfall methodologies don’t go so well with software development. Before Scrum and the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, waterfall was the only way to produce anything. …


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Is failure celebration a way to go?

What does failure mean?
Does it mean that something did not turn out the way you wanted it to? Is trying and failing a failure? What about not trying at all?

They say that to be innovative you need to actively celebrate risk-taking and failure. Laura Garnett explains in INC Why failing can be a critical stepping stone to successand describes the failures of Elon Musk. It is inspiring indeed!

Could it be that every experience, failed or succeeded, is actually a success?

The author of the text asking a question “Should we celebrate failure?”
The author of the text asking a question “Should we celebrate failure?”
Should we celebrate failure?

But is failure celebration a way to go? I see a lot of articles emerging about, so-called, failure porn, like the one written by Geoff Lewis Failure porn: There’s too much celebration of failure and too little fear. He explains that the celebration has gone too far. …


SCRUM BASICS

Explaining the whys and wherefores of each step of a Retro and a Postmortem

A picture showing start, stop, continue signs as per one kind of a Retrospective.
A picture showing start, stop, continue signs as per one kind of a Retrospective.
Start, Stop, Continue — photos by Jon Tyson, Luke van Zyl, Colin Maynard on Unsplash.

Scrum is all about Inspecting and Adapting while providing Transparency. Sprint Retrospective is one of the most prominent events to radiate these values. It means achieving continuous improvement by constantly learning from our experience.

How do we do that? By doing regular Retrospectives and frequent, ad hoc, Postmortems. It’s not about who is to blame, it’s about what to improve to avoid making the same mistake all over again.

Today we will talk about how to structure a good Retrospective. And where to look for ideas to run engaging Retrospectives both in-person and remotely.

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What’s the structure of the Retrospective?

As per the “Agile Retrospectives” book by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, highly recommended for anyone who wants to facilitate a fruitful Retro, there are five stages of a Retrospective. I will list them below along with whys and wherefores of all of them, and some ideas and examples from my experience. I will also add how and if a Retro differs from a Postmortem. …

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Maria Chec

Agile Coach and Content Creator at Agile State of Mind https://www.youtube.com/c/AgileStateofMind

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