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Backlog Refinement – The Rodney Dangerfield of Scrum Ceremonies

I tell ya’ sometimes it seems like Backlog Refinement just don’t get no respect!

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8 April 2015
In
Events, Scrum

 

I tell ya’ sometimes it seems like Backlog Refinement just don’t get no respect! 

 

Seeing the Patterns

  • Have you ever been in a Sprint Planning session only to realize that the team doesn’t have enough understanding of the product backlog items (PBIs) or related requirements to properly plan the Sprint?

  • Does your team feel like they don’t have time to "waste" elaborating PBIs, learning about Acceptance Criteria, or collaboratively estimating as a team?

  • Has some manager decided that it’s “too expensive” or “inefficient” to bring the whole team together regularly and that just one or two ...

Scrum horrorscopes for sprint 7, 2015

Changes in the cosmic energy change the future of your Scrum team too. Be adaptive and flexible and read the signs

On
1 April 2015
In
Scrum

It is with sadness that we have followed the discussions on predictability in software development, as well as the raging Twitter debates on #NoEstimates. On one hand, Scrum practitioners are much aware of the difficulties inherent in estimating and predicting, but on the other hand we are all drawn towards the perceived certainty in a well-defined plan.

However, since software development is a complex-responsive system, it is clear to any thinking and knowledgeable individual that changes in the constellations will for sure affect the events happening to a Scrum team*. The experienced coaches and trainers from agile42 have gazed into ...

Mile High Agile: Breaking Down Technically Complex Stories

Some stories may look easy on the surface but hide a mountain of intricacy underneath, in supporting systems, database design, or a dozen other areas

On Friday, April 3rd, I’ll get the chance to talk with other Agile practitioners at Mile High Agile 2015 about a topic I’ve been excited about for years – breaking down technically complex user stories.

The stories we’re talking about are the ones that may look easy on the surface (maybe as simple as a single button) but hide a mountain of intricacy underneath, in supporting systems, database design, or a dozen other areas that may not be visible to the end user.

To break these kinds of epic stories up, we’ll need to reestablish our ...

There is no Planning in Agile. Right?

No Planning in Agile?

On
28 March 2015
In
Product Owner, Scrum
Tags
agile estimation and planning, planning, planning board

Several times over the past few weeks, I've been told by people that there is no planning in Agile.

I believe the source of this misconception comes from the Agile Manifesto's statement "Responding to change over following a plan".

It does not say ‘instead of following a plan'.

I’d like to simply share a short and partial list of just a few examples of how and where planning may happen in an agile context.

In the hopes that a partial list will change this myth….

Mike Cohn, Agile Estimating and Planning -
http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/books/agile-estimating-and-planning ...

Keynote at "Embedded meets Agile" 2015

agile42 is a sponsor of Embedded meets Agile 2015 and Andrea Tomasini will deliver a keynote "Large Scale Agile System Engineering"

On
22 March 2015
In
Events
Tags
embeddedagile

We are very happy to participate again at the "Embedded meets Agile" conference in Munich this week. Agile software development as well as agile management approaches have been established also in the embedded industry by now. They benefit from the methods and practices both in software- and hardware development.

Embedded Meets AgileThis year agile42 is a sponsor and I will deliver a keynote on Wednesday 25 March 2015 on the topic of Large Scale Agile System Engineering.

More and more companies are adopting Agile and Lean approaches to product development in the context of System Engineering. This includes both software and hardware ...

agile42 sponsors Agile Testing Days Netherlands

The Agile Testing Day NL are held on the 19th of March in Hotel Houten near Utrecht

On
18 March 2015
In
Events
Tags
scrumtisch, scrumtisch berlin, stammtisch

ATD NL Logo 2015

We are excited to announce that agile42, like last year, is sponsoring the Agile Testing Day in the Netherlands on the 19th of March.

There are keynotes from Rachel Davies and old friends of agile42 Olaf Lewiz and Mike Sutton. Go check out the program and looking forward to meet you there.

Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!

Full video, slides and transcript of the closing keynote of Scan Agile 2015 in Helsinki

On
13 March 2015
In
Events, Transition
Tags
etf, scanagile, slides, youtube

Companies of all sizes need to grow their own agile way of working, becoming more agile is a journey, not a destination, it is not about implementing a model or another…

Watch the session video on YouTube. If you are unhappy with the sound quality you can try the presentation given at Manage Agile 2016 that covers the same material.

What to scale?

Asking the question triggers the most diverse answers. It nearly seems people don’t know what they want to scale, they just know then “need” to… it feels like someone presented scaling as the ultimate solution to ...

Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!

Andrea Tomasini will present the keynote at Scan Agile Conference 2015 in Helsinki on 11th March

On
6 March 2015
In
Events, Transition

I'm very happy to present the closing keynote at Scan Agile 2015 in Helsinki, in the conference day of March 11th. Scandinavian Agile is a conference for everyone involved, as they say, "in the magical act of creating software". This year they want to push the boundaries further and even break them in order to become better in what we do.

Strategic advantage lies in being yourself and doing the right things the right way. Those who copy what their competitors are doing, place themselves behind the pack — a sure way of losing. This is why “scaling” agility is ...

What makes a good Agile game?

Just playing a game for learning isn’t working and in this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game in the Agile environment

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3 March 2015
In

In my previous blog post Why we play, I focused on the value of agile games in our training. They build a safe-to-fail environment and let participants get a first hand experience of new concepts. One the one hand, playing games for learning is especially helpful for concepts, which can be easily misunderstood because they are different from existing ways of working. While on the other side, just playing a game for learning isn’t working. In this post I will summarise my understanding of a good learning game.

Clear Learning Objectives

A good game is oriented towards clear learning ...

Thoughts On Scrum From A Newbie

Scrum isn't something only rugby players do. I had no idea, for example, that Scrum is the most popular approach to agile software development.

Here’s what I understood before attending CSM (Certified ScrumMaster) training earlier this month (a week after I joined agile42):  Scrum is something boys in short shorts do on the rugby field and women do when they’re fighting over a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s on sale.  I went in, suitably garbed in boots and leggings (just in case I had to break out into a sprint) and was surprised to find techy-types in long pants and shirts.  They seemed to me, woefully unprepared.

Training started with Dave separating the class into groups of people who had ‘lots of ...

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