The SM and Self-Organization

Let’s deal with a few Questions today. Question 1 Does the ScrumMaster facilitate self-organization? Yes. Question 2 What does that mean? It’s a bit complicated. First, many teams at first do not know how to self-organize.  So, the teaching of certain skills may require “less self-organization” at first. But then, the Team should start to […]

Open Space Agility: Executive Action Team

Here is an idea that you can use immediately. Almost always, you have a group of people that you need or want to adapt Scrum or Agile. Open Space Agility will help you get them changed faster and better than any other method I know of. What is it? OSA is a set of ideas […]

Agile Transformation: Don’t forget the Team

In Life and business one always asks oneself: what is real and what is not real?  What is important, and what is not important? And of course this is hard.  Well, parts are easy.  I am not interested in watching a Canasta game by random people (how many readers know the Canasta card game?), BUT […]

Velocity: How is it useful?

So, apparently people are doing Scrum and not tracking their Velocity.  Why? One key reason: they do not see how useful it is. Here are some explanations. Helps the SM focus The Velocity is the key metric for the ScrumMaster (SM). The SM should increase the Velocity 100% in the first 6 months.  Which means […]

Velocity: Some preliminaries

It is important to know the Velocity of the team. What is velocity? Each team has a DOD (definition of done).  The Team has small stories at the top of the product backlog. When each small story, which has story points that estimate the relative effort, …when each story is “done-done” per the DOD, then […]

Why not?

Rijon Erickson (sounds like “Ryan”) has an excellent post in LinkedIn. See here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/rijonerickson/detail/recent-activity/ His (currently) latest posts asks for a DOR (definition of ready) and then a DOD (definition of done) (visually, he uses post-its).  The next post-it says “Simple (but) Not Easy”. To me, he is saying: We should be able to use […]

Waterfall is done. Where is the debate now?

It is important to note that waterfall is over. Dr. Royce defined waterfall in 1970.  See his paper here. His son, Walker Royce, said that waterfall was over, and said we are on to iterative and incremental now.  He said this before we started calling it agile (before the Agile Manifesto was written).  See his […]

Agile Transformation: What is it? Success? Metrics?

Last night at Agile Carolinas we had a discussion around the following topics. What is Agile Transformation? (really) What is success? (That is, what are the characteristics of a successful agile transformation.) What should the metrics be? We hope these notes are helpful to you. What is AgileTransformation? Below are the notes we took.  Many […]

Agile Transformation – 2

I have already started talking, but want again to continue talking about an easy subject: Transforming a company to agile. Well, not so easy. But not as hard as some people think. ‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.’ We are too easily discouraged by what seems a daunting task. We too […]

Scrum – Observations from Sutherland’s book

Alisha Parry recently read Jeff Sutherland’s book, “Scrum: The art of doing twice work in half the time.” Here are some of her observations that she shared with a work colleague. 1. Bugs take 24x as long after you wait to work on them. We have seen this even on Kronos, as we have previously […]