Alice learns to let go of the past, including her old self. She adapts to a new reality.

In this series, we are mapping the narrative of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Agile and Scrum. (go to the first chapter)

This series is a part of Medium’s Mad Hatters Mashup Party. Medium and The Public Domains released Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. All images below are by Sir John Tenniel from the 1865 edition via Wikimedia Commons.

Alice represents someone who is exploring the ‘Agile’ wonderland. …

Alice adapts to the new power structure.

In this series, we are mapping the narrative of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Scrum. (go to the first chapter)

This series is a part of Medium’s Mad Hatters Mashup Party. Medium and The Public Domains released Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. All images below are by Sir John Tenniel from the 1865 edition, via Wikimedia Commons.

Everything seemed to have changed since her swim in the pool, and the great hall, with the glass table and the little door, had vanished completely.

Very soon the Rabbit noticed Alice, as she went hunting about…

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If you work with Scrum Teams, and you wonder what you can do to benefit your relationship with the Scrum Team, you’ve come to the right place.

Before we go into what makes for a happy marriage…
What sets Stakeholders and Developers apart, and what makes them alike?

Stakeholder: a person external to the Scrum Team with a specific interest in and knowledge of a product that is required for incremental discovery.
The Scrum Glossary

Developer: […] researchers, analysts, scientists, and other specialists [doing] the work. We use the word “developers” in Scrum not to exclude, but to simplify…

Exploring the Product Domain in Scrum

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Definition of ‘Product’:

“A product is a vehicle to deliver value. It has a clear boundary, known stakeholders, well-defined users or customers. A product could be a service, a physical product, or something more abstract.” — The Scrum Guide (emphasis added)

Definition of ‘Product Domain’:

“A Product Domain is the boundary of the product, known stakeholders, well-defined users or customers, the market and technical environment that the Product directly influences or is influenced by.”

The Product Domain is not defined in the Scrum Framework, it is a complementary activity for teams who are not all that knowledgeable about the ‘the…

A Masterclass on the Product Goal in Scrum 🎯

The Product Goal describes a future state of the product which can serve as a target for the Scrum Team to plan against.” — The Scrum Guide

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by Sjoerd Nijland

This article will help you set Product Goals and measure value through Evidence-Based Management using Scrum. We will cover the following subjects in this article:

  • Why a Masterclass on Product Goals?
  • What qualifies as a Product Goal?
  • Worst-case scenario.
  • Methods and techniques.
  • The Product Goal in context of Scrum Artifacts.
  • How to get started.

Why a Masterclass on Product Goals?

As a Product Owner, you are responsible for “Developing and explicitly communicating the Product Goal;” — The Scrum Guide.

Alice performs her very first Sprint!

In this series, we are mapping the narrative of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Scrum. (go to the first episode)

This series is a part of Medium’s Mad Hatters Mashup Party. Medium and The Public Domains released Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. All images below are by Sir John Tenniel from the 1865 edition, via Wikimedia Commons.

We return to Alice, barely escaping her own pool of tears (previous episode).

It was high time to go, for the pool was getting quite crowded with the birds and animals that had fallen into it: there were…

Is your organization drowning in its own pool of tears?

Medium and The Public Domains released Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. All images below are by Sir John Tenniel from the 1865 edition, via Wikimedia Commons.

Now that we are Down the Rabbit Hole things are about to get:

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‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); ‘now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!’

Mastering the art of storytelling

Tragedy is an art form that transcends the pessimism and nihilism of a fundamentally meaningless world. ― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy

I’m passionate about agility and embrace it. I pursue its dream. But I must beware; in dreams loom mirage.

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The Removal of Nuance

‘Agile’ is often defined as a ‘mindset’ which is developed by living a set of values and principles. Yet ‘mindset’ itself is a fickle concept. It’s hard to talk about this without taking into account psyche, personality, and identity. With Agility, many claim the aim is to move away from “think first, then do”. Though that might not…

Mapping Alice’s adventures in Wonderland to Scrum.

Medium and The Public Domains released Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. All images below are by Sir John Tenniel from the 1865 edition, via Wikimedia Commons.

During the Road to Mastery, I often referred to Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Now it’s time to lay it out in full.

The Scrum Guide is rather bland. It’s not all that great at explaining ‘why’ it reads what it reads. It’s somewhat mystifying. When you go down its rabbit hole, you will do a lot of unlearning. No wonder you’ll end up in wonderland.

Stories are fundamental to how we perceive, think, and act…

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Kill Bill Volume II 2004 Real |Quentin Tarentino, Uma Thurman, David Carradine. Mauritius Images / Collection Christophel / Miramax / A Band Apart

Are you ready to learn Scrum’s Five Point Palm technique? It’s a super-secret mastery technique which is not at all part of Scrum… or is it?

The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique is the deadliest, most fatal blow in all martial arts. In the movie Kill Bill, this move was taught to Beatrix Kiddo by Pai Mei. Pai Mei would also train Elle, an enemy of Beatrix, under the same conditions. Except the latter would murder the master Pai Mei, vengefully failing to endure his path.

“No wonder you can’t do it, you acquiesce to defeat before you even…

Sjoerd Nijland

Scrum nerd (PSMIII, SPS, PSPOII, PSD, PSU), Agile geek (PAL), Serious Scrum founder

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