I’d like to share with you some tips and tricks of setting a scrum board I usually share with my clients. The bottom line is that too many tools have too many features that support old ways of thinking. Let’s look at the various items one by one.

Subtasks

Like the human tail bone, subtasks were once useful but are now mainly a source of pain. When we worked in Waterfall we measured progress with completed subtasks, but in agile when stories are short, subtasks are a burden.

A burden for developers who need to mess with subtasks using the…


A common phenomenon happening in organizations implementing scrum is that something is missing — the big picture. People are saying “We used to have High Level Designs — where are they?”, “We used to have an architecture before developing — where is it?”. The answer will usually be that as we are working with small batches we need to focus on what’s immediately coming up and so other things are getting neglected.

But this is a confusion. Nothing should be neglected. For sure we cannot neglect long term thinking and planning.

The reason for this confusion is that scrum focuses…


Intro

Earlier this month I was helping a software organization in an Israeli defense organization (that’s why there are no pictures) run their first PI Planning event. The day after I told my colleagues at Agilesparks that this is one event I will try to remember whenever I get into difficult times doing coaching, something that happens from time to time, coaching being what it is. I will try to remember that day because of the magic that happened somewhere around noon. And I want to tell you all about it.

If you aren’t familiar with it, PI Planning is…

Yaki Koren

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