» Regarding Backlog Refinement not being mandatory in Scrum.
Backlog refinement is not mandatory as per Scrum and is considered a complementary practice. This is my understanding, however, I found myself in a position having to defend this and the counter argument that the other person made was th...
» Reliable form of technical document
Besides the source code itself, which below are most reliable form of technical document are reliable? Development Team's whiteboard UML model Passing test harness with clear naming Spreadsheet of passing manual test Release notes Help f...
» burndown chart
Hello Every one I'm a junior scrum master of a young team, we are on the 12th day of our 2-week sprint and the burndown chart is a straight line with steps! could you please guide me on how this chart can be moderated? team members estim...
» Passing the PSM, what next?
» Should UI/UX tasks we sized or not?
Hi everyone. Some time ago I posted a similar question on Spikes, and I concluded from your answers that Spikes should not be sized but assigned a time-box and be considered inside the percentage of the capacity reserved for refinement, ...
» How to calculate Velocity?
I have 3 different Boards in jira for a single Project, Do I need to calculate the velocity for each board? or I can combine all the board items and then calculate the velocity ?
» Does role of "Agile Project Manager" exists in scrum?
I referred below link - https://pmbasics101.com/project-manager-vs-scrum-master-career-path/
» Running out of work, but nothing is Done
Time after time, my team is running out of subtasks to start in a sprint but most of the subtasks don't get completed within the sprint. This is exacerbated when they start bringing in more stories to do more subtasks to create even more...
» Renaming "Master" in "Scrum Master"?
Given the recent updates to terminology with respect to Black Lives Matter, such as GitHub abandoning the term "master" branch and some realtors removing the term "master" bedroom , are there plans to change the title of "Scrum Master"?...
» Not development tasks in SCRUM
Hello. I am delegated to new function of Scrum specialist in my company and trying to grasp all issues regarding SCRUM. I have question. How to approach to task that are not development tasks (discusses, analyzes, writing mails etc)whic...
» Scrum team starts working on stories part of current release but scheduled for upcoming sprint
Some Scrum teams in my organization start working on stories which are potentially part of the release, but not part of the current sprint. 1. Teams plan the next few sprints (at a high level) during each SAFe PI planning, so they have a...
» Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) Exam Study Tips
Read and thoroughly understand/internalize the Scrum Guide. Read it several times in different sittings. We recommend that you download the PDF and read it like you would a book. Over, and over again! Take the Scrum Open assessment numer...
» The End of Kurt Cagle: Or At Least the End of his Movie Studio Model.
Disclaimer Up Front: I have been “Crazy” about Scrum since I first learned about it, and I myself have been known to act a little “Crazy” at times in my life, and this is why my blog and company operate under the...
» More Aspects of Agile Communities of Practice
This is a follow up article to my article about An Agile Community of Practice Starter Kit. I wanted to share some details on other aspects of CoP’s. Scope and Nature of a CoP The scope of an Agile CoP can be of varying sizes and ...
» Better SAFe Than Sorry
The presentation demonstrates why SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) is the most widely adopted agile scaling framework. SAFe’s practices have evolved from Agile practices and methods, Lean product... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...
» Agile Coach Camp Canada, Cornwall, Canada, June 7-9 2019
Agile Coach Camp Canada is a conference that creates opportunities for the Agile and Scrum coaches community to share successes, learning, questions and unresolved dilemmas. All this happens in an... [[ This is a content summary only. Vi...
» AgileCraft Acquired by Atlassian
Atlassian, the vendor of the JIRA tool, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AgileCraft, a provider of enterprise agile planning software. AgileCraft helps... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...
» Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free
If the development of open source Scrum tools was in vogue some years ago, a lot of these projects have now been abandoned. Some are still active, but this is because their development is sponsored... [[ This is a content summary only. V...
» ZenHub Adds Agile Reporting
ZenHub project management tool for software development teams using GitHub has released a new Agile reporting suite aimed at enterprise software teams looking to optimize their development lifecycle.... [[ This is a content summary only....
» Agile Coach Camp Denmark, Dragor, Denmark, May 23-25 2019
Agile Coach Camp Denmark is a three-day event that serves as an unconference for Agile and Scrum coaches of Denmark and other countries. The Agile Coach Camp Denmark is a free, not-for-profit,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...
» ScrumImpulz, Bratislava, Slovakia, May 30 2019
ScrumImpulz is a one-day conference focused on the Scrum approach for Agile project management that takes place in Slovakia. Local and international experts share their practical experience about the... [[ This is a content summary only....
» Agile Open Canada, Vancouver, Canada, May 27-28 2019
Agile Open Canada is a two-day conference that creates opportunities for the Canadian Agile practitioners and enthusiasts of Canada to share successes, learning, questions and unresolved dilemmas.... [[ This is a content summary only. Vi...
» Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) Exam Study Tips
You may notice that steps 1-10 are a re-hash of suggestions for studying for the PSM I exam. If you took PSM I recently, then just quickly re-do these steps again (or skim instead of read, etc). If you didn’t take PSM I recently, t...
» Look at Capability, not Title.
Development team or Delivery team. Continue reading →
» User Stories to Represent Backend Services, Web Services, SOA, etc
Sometimes you have a need to represent User Stories that describe a back end service, API, web service, or similar. First of all, a couple of warnings. 1. Make sure that you’re not creating a “Technical Story”. Technica...
» The Best Scrum Product Owner Book Ever Written!! (Must Read for PO’s and Agile Coaches)
Full disclosure: I actually sometimes compete against Don, one of the authors, for Scrum Coaching and Training work, so while we are friendly, we are also competitors in the marketplace. People who know me know that I “call ’...
» Product Backlog Refinement Tips (formerly called Grooming)
Executive Summary In this article, I discuss some tips for how to do effective Product Backlog Refinement. “Refinement” is the new term in the Scrum Guide for what used to be called “Grooming” — this change...
» An Agile Community of Practice Starter Kit
As I describe in my article An Agile Architecture Community of Practice, a very mature Community of Practice has mechanisms that represent that the community has come to agree upon, over a long period of time. Those standards and workin...
» Story Testing Patterns
Be sure to remember to mix and combine the patterns as necessary! You can also download a One Page PDF or view the Story Testing Patterns Presentation that goes along with this summary. Pattern Generally Good For… Generally Bad For...
» Agile User Story Slicing – An Alternative to the Vertical Slicing Metaphor for Valuable User Stories
Vertical slicing is a decent metaphor for how to ensure that User Stories are indeed valuable to users and key stakeholders. However, I’ve found it a little bit lacking for more complex systems, especially ones that also have upstr...