How Product Owners manage their Product Backlogs tells you how agile they are. When the backlog becomes a place to maintain requirements, agile is no more than a process. In such situations, Scrum teams are blocked from achieving their highest potential. However, when the backlog is continually adapted to reflect learnings, the team is on the way to unleash their true potential.
Strong Product Owners know how to bypass the pitfalls ahead of them. They know what not to do while managing the backlog. I’ve been in different scenarios as a Product Owner; the truth is, many times I’ve been…
With all the misguided attempts at Agile and Scrum flying around, it’s easy to fall into the same common traps.
To capture true value from Scrum, you must modify your organization to fit Scrum rather than modify Scrum to fit your organization. Read that again. Most do the latter and wonder why Scrum doesn’t work.
If you are an Agile Leader, you must support your teams. To do this, you will need to change long-held beliefs in your organization running contrary to the Agile mindset. And trust me here, you will find many of these.
Watered-down Scrum results by not…
“I’m sorry, but what you ask for isn’t Agile.”
Harry can’t believe what he just heard. “What? What do you mean?”
Angela shakes her head and sighs. She hates this part of her Scrum Master role. Another manager who doesn't seem to understand. Scrum is supposed to be simple!
“You want to know when we will finish the MVP. Well, it will take longer than a Sprint. It’s bigger than a Sprint. So we don’t know when it will be done. We don’t plan beyond a Sprint. That’s not how Scrum works.”
“But don’t you have an indication? A rough…
The Product Goal received renewed focus in the 2020 Scrum Guide as the commitment of the Product Backlog. It states: “The Product Goal describes a future state of the product which can serve as a target for the Scrum Team to plan against… The Product Goal is the long-term objective for the Scrum Team. They must fulfill (or abandon) one objective before taking on the next.”
Getting bored with the format for your Sprint Retrospectives?
Timeline your Sprint and collect useful insights to improve team performance.
No requirement for a fancy DeLorean time machine, just some key messages from Doc Brown to support the technique…
A Frequently Used Format…Useful But Can Become Monotonous
The Three Question Retrospective format consists of asking the team members to describe, what went well, what didn’t go so well, and identify where improvements can be made in the Sprint they’ve just worked on. This format also allows for continuous improvement to flow into the next Sprint, however, it can get repetitive.
“We need more output! Let’s add more people to the team!”
Whenever I hear this sentence, I get goosebumps because false expectations are quickly created. Managers still think that by adding more people, the team immediately gains speed. That could be the case with assembly lines, but not always with software development. More people means more complexity, and dealing with it is the biggest challenge.
In software development, it’s easy to conclude we are not reaching our true potential because we are missing something. Then, we start adding processes, tools, people, and so on. Surprisingly our results don’t get any…
[We] will focus on the good parts with occasional warnings to avoid the bad. The subset that will be described here can be used to construct reliable, readable programs.
If you had suggested to me just a few months ago that I would be writing an article in…
Since Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK I) certification became available (25th April 2018), only 2777 people have passed the certification as of 10th May 2021. Clearly, this is not the most popular certification compared to PSM I with 389,987 certifications and PSPO I with 103,636 certifications. Maybe that is why there are very few resources available to prepare for PSK.
I attended the PSK training and passed the assessment last week. The training was good but it is neither necessary nor sufficient to pass this assessment.
There are some accounts of experiences on how to prepare for PSK here (May…
I hear many reasons for not facing change head-on.
But every once in a while there is a bright spot. Out of the blue, someone asks for help in taking a vulnerable step into the unknown. One recent example stands out.
To me, a director said, “We would like to build safety for our teams to feel comfortable raising problems. Can you help us with this?”
In my mind, I thought, “What? Wow! Did you say what I thought you said?” With enthusiasm, I replied, “Yes, I can. When do you want to start?”
I’m sure you have heard how…
When you ask people what comes to mind first when they think about Scrum, they often mention the Scrum Master. Many believe the Scrum Master embodies the framework. Without a Scrum Master, there’d be no Scrum.
It also shows when you look at the number of people who have a Scrum Master certification. Around a million of them are Certified Scrum Master or Professional Scrum Master. This is more than four times higher than the number of people with Product Owner certifications. Granted, the Product Owner accountability wasn’t as completely new as the Scrum Master. There was less to discover…
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