» How to conceptualize/structure certain requirements
10/04/24 08:25
Something I've been pondering in my mind. If you imagine you're doing a project to implement a COTS system, which is becoming increasingly common for corporate BA's. It's likely you'd have gathered some user requirements around the goals...

» Is Scrum the correct approach here?
10/04/24 00:04
I'm seeking a second opinion on a work situation involving the implementation of a manufacturing system. Personally, I don't think using Scrum for this project is the right approach. I believe a traditional waterfall method would be more...

» Should only functional user stories estimated ? What about technical, QA user stories
09/04/24 05:46
Hi I would like to hear more estimating different types of user stories. I came across one thesis in one forum that only functional user stories should be estimated. because those are adding direct value to business.  But apart from...

» correlation between more than 3 teams working on one product
07/04/24 13:45
I am scrum master for a product which is some how new in world and difficult to add new values and increments. the problem is that there are 4 different groups working on this product and each are developing a part that is independent fr...

» Can a line manager play dual role as product owner as well (dual role)?
05/04/24 11:03
Most of the scrum team is reporting (as line) to the product owner. How do you see this? is this realistic to have?

» Scrum of scrums: Competencies and soft skills of the team
05/04/24 10:00
I have been given a new challenge that I am not sure how to solve.

» Keeping the backlog structured, visible and relevant (for stakeholders)
02/04/24 14:13
I have worked in numerous setting in which an entire team had to develop more than one product, or a rather big product (or product line due to proper domain scoping). There were questions as to the scope of one particular backlog: Shoul...

» Good practices around defining suitable acceptance criteria
02/04/24 13:18
Hello there I have experienced the Scrum framework for a long time now and have witnessed numerous approaches for defining backlog items (user stories), including different strategies for defining acceptance criteria. Sometimes the given...

» Release burndown chart starting story points.
02/04/24 05:14
I have always been told that to size only a few items in the product backlog (maybe good for 1-2 sprints). This is basically a gradual process as what I have been told. Why do I see release burndown charts that start with "an original es...

» Darshan Hiranandani - How Scrum and Agile methodologies intersect with budget management in projects?
01/04/24 05:58
Hey, I'm Darshan Hiranandani, curious about your thoughts on the intersection of Scrum and Agile methodologies with budget management in project environments. How do you think these approaches can be effectively aligned to ensure optimal...

» Scrum Guide
25/09/23 16:08
I have been getting queries recently. People want to know when the next Scrum Guide is coming out. The 2020 Guide took Ralph Jocham, Don McGreal and me six months to write. We removed inconsistencies and normalized the prior Guide. If yo...

» Scrum Guide 2020
30/08/20 14:50
Lean and focused. Thirteen pages long. To be released this fall.

» Migration and Clarity
14/08/20 15:08
Massachusetts, my home, has experienced progressively warmer winters. One consequence is that many birds that used to migrate through Massachusetts now stop in Massachusetts for the winter. The result is birds everywhere. Ben, a farmer i...

» Mildred the Goose
13/07/20 15:00
Overview:  Agile processes are easy to grasp after you’ve been on a project that employs them. Until then, many have trouble understanding what an agile process or an agile project is all about. Whereas traditional project management app...

» Muck the Duck
12/07/20 15:52
These are the jokes I told in my Scrum Master classes. Brick-Laying Duck New buildings were going up all over town. The best were made from brick. And, as you would expect, bars were always nearby to salve the pains of the working folk I...

» Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) Exam Study Tips
08/05/20 14:01
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.
10/09/19 03:01
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
25/07/19 02:14
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
25/03/19 15:38
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
21/03/19 07:00
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
20/03/19 14:48
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
19/03/19 07:00
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
15/03/19 14:42
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
15/03/19 07:30
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
15/03/19 07:00
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
15/03/19 06:00
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
27/02/19 22:12
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.
04/02/19 15:50
Development team or Delivery team. Continue reading →

» User Stories to Represent Backend Services, Web Services, SOA, etc
15/01/19 20:50
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)
15/12/18 16:44
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 ’...

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