Yearly Archives: 2017

The Daily Scrum

Scrum has a daily team meeting that we call the Daily Scrum or the Daily Standup. The maximum timebox is 15 minutes.  If the team is 7 people, the minimum timebox is 7 minutes. The whole Team attends. Others may attend, but they must be silent during the meeting. (More on this below.) Note: The […]

The Sprint and the Meetings

The next subject we turn to is the Sprint and the meetings in the Sprint. First, the Sprint is an important time box (one of many timeboxes) where the Team must  build working product, and then get feedback on what they have built at the end of Sprint.  This concentrates their minds wonderfully. For most […]

The Team

The Team needs to be considered on its own. The Team is the whole Scrum Team.  Normally that would be about 7 people, including the PO and the SM.  And normally the Team will be full-time, a real Team, and stable. Why? First, we assume you are working on one of the top ‘things’ for […]

Scrum Roles – Team role

The next role is commonly called the Team role. I am not happy with the name. There is only one Team worth talking about: the whole Scrum Team, which includes all 3 roles.  The Team wins or loses together, because of all of the efforts of all of the people, including those who help the […]

Scrum Roles – ScrumMaster

The ScrumMaster is a hard role to explain, I think.  It is easy to misunderstand, and in fact it is commonly misunderstood. The ScrumMaster (SM) must first help the Team learn how to self-organize. Self-organizing is a thing we as humans all do, and we all can do more.  And even most of us can […]

About the New “Path to CSP”

Below is key information about the “Path to CSP.” Two main take-aways: You can move to a new level now by taking the Advanced CSM course — as soon as I offer the course. To become a CSP you need to take two courses and have 2 years of experience (starting January 1, 2o18). The […]

Using a “Definition of Agile” in a Large Corporation

Fairly often a large corporation will mandate Agile. One thing to consider is Open Space Agility — more on that before and later. For now, I want to suggest a “Definition of Agile.” This is vaguely similar to the Definition of Done concept. The idea here is that often teams will… make up what Agile […]

Is the PO full-time?

“Is the Product Owner a full-time position?” This is a good question. Here’s a partial answer now… First, people and teams typically get more done if things are simpler. So, KISS!!!! This is so important. Do you have to keep it KISS every time? Well, no, at least not to play by the Scrum rules […]

The PO Role — some controversy

Here is a quote: This is far different from the Product Owner role in Scrum, which directs the PO to simply hand the development team a prioritized backlog of work to do. This quote is from a post on LinkedIn, and a bunch of senior agile people are fervently discussing it, on at least two […]

5 Key Suggestions for Change

In agile, we want things to improve.  Improve a lot. Here are my first 5 suggestions: Do something and learn You know how to do something small.  Do it.  Don’t wait; do it now.  And learn from that. Just do Scrum (more) and learn If you do Scrum, the transparency of Scrum will force others […]