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Scrumtisch April - Multiproduct Solution, Big Scrum Projects & Multiple Teams

Today we are pleased to announce again a full house and interesting discussion around Scrum. Beside the speech from the Scrum Gathering in Orlando: Agile Creation of Multi-Product Solutions, we discussed also about the Topic Big Projects with Multiple Teams...

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27 April 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
multiproject, scrum, scrumtisch

24 people attended at the Scrumtisch on April 22nd. The "official" Part of the evening started with the usual collection of topics, like

  • Dysfunctional Scrum Pattern
  • CSM & Scrum Alliance Certifications
  • Reporting to the management in multi project Scrum environment
  • Performance Management in Scrum / Quality measurement
  • Small teams with many little projects
  • Big projects with multiple teams (Coordination, Planning, Reporting)

 Scrumtisch Berlin

After the priorisation the 1st topic was set: Big projects with multiple teams (Coordination, Planning, Reporting). During the discussion many useful suggestions and experiences have been exchanged. Questions like Who partitions the work?, How to report? How to estimate and set ...

Scrum Master & Team Training in Zagreb

As we always say, every new training is a new experience, and you never stop to learn something, which is the *exciting* part of the job... at a telecommunication company in Croatia...

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23 April 2009
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Training
Tags
ericsson, training

As we always say, every new training is a new experience, and you never stop to learn something, which is the exciting part of the job... at a telecommunication company in Zagreb it has been another very interesting experience, and again we learned something together :-)

Negotiation is the key, talk to the Product Owner...

The team negotiating the content of the Product Backlog... The Product Owner prepares the Requirements and Stories and put them into the Product Backlog, sorted by Business Value, so that the items more valuable are considered first. Some times the Product Backlog is misunderstood to be a Plan, given from the Product Owner to the ...

New Scrum Poker Cards available

Planning poker is a simple but powerful tool that makes estimations faster, more accurate and the best is: It makes a lot of fun. The new version of the agile42 Scrum Poker Cards includes now also the Coffee Cup and the ½ Point Card.

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20 April 2009
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Scrum
Tags
agile, planning poker, scrum, scrum poker

In Scrum, estimating is a team activity. Every User Story is estimated by the whole team.

Planning poker is a simple but powerful tool that makes estimations faster, more accurate and the best is: It makes a lot of fun.

New Agile42 Scrum Planning Poker Cards The new version of the agile42 Scrum Poker Cards includes now also the Coffee Cup and the ½ Point Card. Planning Poker is the best way we know for agile teams to estimate User Stories and Tasks.

Please remember, that the Product Owner is not estimating. For him we developed the Business Value Game, which helps him to prioritize requirements and ...

Scrum Master and Team Training @ Nokia (part 2)

Following some more pictures from the Nokia training experience - already more than 15 teams have been trained and coached by agile42 in the last 6 months - were I'll try to point out some more intere...

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4 April 2009
In
Scrum, Training
Tags
lego, nokia, training

Following some more pictures from the Nokia training experience - already more than 15 teams have been trained and coached by agile42 in the last 6 months - were I'll try to point out some more interesting highlights...

Best Practices

Collaboration...

Collaboration is the way... Even in only 5 min. of time, after 2 Sprints and 2 Team Retrospectives the teams greatly improved their ability to self-organize and collaborate. You can't imagine how many hands are building together on the same "story" and how well synchronize the team members are sorting out pieces, putting them on top of each other to achieve the common ...

Scott Ambler on Agile

Scott Ambler talking in Cape Town. For free! One of the ...

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3 April 2009
In
Scrum Sense

scottamblerScott Ambler talking in Cape Town. For free! One of the Agile thought leaders, now working at IBM Rational. Also a notorious Scrum maligner. I had to go. If only to be equipped to do damage control. So I pitched up with as open a mind as any Scrum Coach and Trainer could...

After coffee and muffins, nearly 200 people filled the small Sports Science auditorium. Scott gave a discursive and entertaining three-hour talk that spanned a number of threads. His blunt style evoked laughter as the audience identified with many of his observations. Here are some of the things ...

Scrum Master and Team Training @ Nokia (part 1)

The Scrum LEGO City Game is about building a nice city with Lego bricks - not a new idea till here - and doing it using as much as possible what learned during the Scrum Training. To create the sense of urgency, agile42 presents the "Product Vision" as to prove to the world that it is possible to build a LEGO city in only 20min. of working time...

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31 March 2009
In
Scrum, Training
Tags
lego, nokia, training

Hi all, as agreed with our classes we decided to initiate a series of posts communicating the highlights of our trainings. In particular we constantly evolve the way we teach Scrum, and we make a lot of effort to make people live the best possible experience in only two days of training.

Introduction

After some years doing training, we came to the point where we really needed to find something that was good enough to put all together in a reasonable time, the theory of Scrum. Well after some reading over the internet and some inspecting & adapting, we came out ...

Lamentations of flaccid Scrum and a case for SINO

I've been updating myself on the activites in the Prince2 camp to update this project management framework. One thing that ...

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31 March 2009
In
Scrum Sense

I've been updating myself on the activites in the Prince2 camp to update this project management framework. One thing that stuck is the lamentations about the large number of PINO projects. PINO is an acronym (actually an initialism) for Prince In Name Only. In the Scrum world this has commonly been called ScrumButt, drawn from "we're doing Scrum, but..." as well as the frequent desire to kick such teams in the butt!

Martin Fowler, one of Agile Manifesto signatories has blogged recently on "flaccid Scrum" (http://www.martinfowler.com/bliki/FlaccidScrum.html). FWIW, I agree with him.

We ...

Metrics & Myths

At the Scrum Gathering in Orlando last week Pete Behrens facilitated an Open Space session on "Metrics and Myths". We ...

On
27 March 2009
In
Scrum Sense

At the Scrum Gathering in Orlando last week Pete Behrens facilitated an Open Space session on "Metrics and Myths". We considered four categories of measurements: productivity, quality, predictability and value. In each we each contributed measurements that are either "metrics" or "myths". We stuck them up on a wall as you can see in the photos. In this first post I'm simply showing the pictures I took of the session. In subsequent posts, I aim to construct some reasoned arguments for a few Agile metrics Mike and I consider valuable to any organisation transitioning to Scrum.









Metrics & Myths

Scrum is a Change Management process!

Right now I'm sitting at the back of the class while my good friend André is conducting an introduction workshop ...

On
25 March 2009
In
Scrum Sense

Right now I'm sitting at the back of the class while my good friend André is conducting an introduction workshop on ITSM (IT Service Management) using the ITIL framework at a major retailer.

He tells a story to illustrate the difference between incident management and problem management. The latter requires a root cause analysis. The aha! moment for me is when he says that root cause analysis is the start of a CM (Change Management) process.

I realise that Scrum is an ongoing change management process. In every daily Scrum meeting, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective the team (and ...

Scrum and the Space Shuttle

I was fortunate to attend the Scrum gathering last week. It was held at the impressive Gaylord Palms resort in ...

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25 March 2009
In
Scrum Sense

I was fortunate to attend the Scrum gathering last week. It was held at the impressive Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee, Orlando. I arrived early and spent Sunday visiting Disney's nearby Epcot theme park.

Space Shuttle Discovery launch 2009.03.15 19:45

Planet Earth at Epcot

Our evening cocktail party, hosted by the PMI, was interrupted to observe the launch of the space shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Centre, some 50 km East of Orlando. Just before the 7:43 pm launch time we gathered on an East-facing balcony to watch. This was to be the last night-time launch of the shuttle as we know it. We weren't disappointed.

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