Question: A technical challenge arises inside the Sprint

Hanna wrote again from Finland. [Shortened and lightly edited.] Hi Joseph, First, thanks for your [last reply]. I hope you will accept my next request, to answer this next question. Thanks! Hanna I replied. Hi Hanna, See my comments below, in-line. Hope that helps. Regards! Joe PS. Was that a PO question?  Or a SM […]

Question about: The PO, vague requirements and the Team members

Hana writes from Finland.  [Shortened, and lightly edited.] Hi Joe, …. I found this question without answer, so I have an interest to know it’s answer. Regards, Hana I responded: Hi Hanna, ….[See my response in-line, below.] …. Thanks! Joe Question – The product owner wants to build security firewalls into the product. How can […]

Agile Transformation: 4 Suggestions and Discussion

Last night I was at Agile Midlands in Columbia.  We had a good group of Agilists and discussed Agile Transformation. Here is the slide deck that I used to discuss a few suggestions.  You might enjoy it. Agile Transformation 4+Talk V3

Blog Posts About Scaling – 3 of 3

Here is the last of 3 listings of our blog posts regarding Scaling.  3 of 3. Scaling: How about the “Don’t do it!” option?   Scaling Workshop Montreal Spotify Scaling Model The Scaling Dilemma Scaling Whitepaper   7 Actionable Ideas Now   Scrum at Scale – 4 parts        

Blog Posts about Scaling – 2 of 3

More blog posts about Scaling.  2 of 3. Starting with Scaling Teams are More Important than Scaling A different kind of Scaling problem   Basic Agile ‘scaling’ terms   New Scaling Workshop Proposal: Scaling Workshop Our Scaling Workshop – What and Why?   SAFe, LeSS, DAD, and ScrumPLOP  

Blog Posts about Scaling – 1 of 3

Here are our blog posts so far about Scaling. Post 1 of 3. Learning from the Toronto Scaling Workshop Scaling Workshop – New thoughts Frameworks to Scale Agile – Some comments Alternatives to scaling Scale down! Scaling with Agile: A Patterns Approach Scaling, Part 2 Scaling: Don’t forget the Team  

Scrum Outside IT – 1

We are going to share a few key ideas, too quickly, about using Scrum outside IT (usually they really mean outside software development). Minor point: IT (meaning information technology) is a bit of an old-fashioned concept.  Probably somewhat inaccurate when used at your business.  But, no time to discuss here. First, Scrum can definitely be […]

ScrumMaster vs Agile Coach

Question Joe: I’ve found that an Agile Coach has been engaged to coach a Scrum Team. What is the difference in roles between an Agile Coach and a Scum Master?  I thought the Scrum Master would be responsible for coaching the team?  Or possibly the Scrum Master is new and/or not as effective as expected? […]

What do I do with a Distributed Team?

Question: How can I help a distributed Team be more productive? Answer: First, one of the most important things about a small team of knowledge workers is communication. Why is communication so important?   There are many ways to answer this question.  In creating knowledge together, the team is always learning. As they get to know […]

What should I do if I cannot get a real Team?

Question: What should I do if I cannot get a real Team? Answer: First, let’s assume you are doing something important.  That it is the next most important thing to do at your company (eg, a release).  If so, you would do best to get a real Team.  And Scrum will have a bigger positive […]