Why Do Agile Companies Do Better?

Agile Companies Do Better

Preaching Agile Whenever an agile practitioner is selling reasons to adopt an agile approach; in general or one of the the specific methodologies like Scrum, Kanban or XP, they always focus on the benefits (as they should). These usually include: Working at a sustainable pace Working in collaborative, self-organising and collaborative teams Working in a […]

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Site Update: Newsletter


full-stack agile Newsletter I have introduced a newsletter to the website, in an attempt to improve communication with all you amazing readers of my blog. The newsletter will regularly send out updates on posts that are published, a weekly summary and also all up to date information about the site. I will also send you […]

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Don’t Let the Scrum Team Burn Out

Don't Let Team Burn Out

Don’t Let the Team Burn Out Working in an industry that is faced paced and has a strong business push can be both exciting and stressful. The ability to deliver quickly, to beat your competitors is always there, and Scrum teams work hard to optimise their processes, deliver quickly and to a high quality. As […]

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When is the Best Time to Get Estimations?

Best Time for Estimates

When Should You Estimate? Most scrum teams will estimate their tasks during the Sprint Refinement / Grooming meeting. This is ok, actually its a great time to do it. You have all the members of the team together in one room and its a good opportunity to break down users stories and make sure everyone […]

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Daily Stand Up – Managing Outsiders

Managing Stand Up Visitors

Daily Stand Up Visitors Do you often get visitors to your daily stand up? I have worked with scrum teams where ‘outsiders’ like to attend and see whats going on. Sometimes they are just silent observers who just like to see whats going on, but do you ever get visitors who start to contribute, butt […]

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Scrum Isn’t A Silver Bullet

Scum isn't a Silver Bullet

Scrum Won’t Solve all the Problems I get a lot of emails and messages whenever I publish a post, usually they connect with someone and they ask for more information in fixing problems and implementing them in their company. When I ask for more information, I am often responded to with things around problems with […]

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What to do if your Sprint Derails

Sprint Derails

Did your Sprint Derail? I am sure its happened to the best of us, you spend time refactoring your backlog; getting it prioritised, everyone is on the same page. You complete your Sprint Planning and are ready for a successful sprint. What happens if you are a few days into your sprint and all of […]

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Planning Poker and Single Estimation Points

Story Points Single Point

Planning Poker Estimates Have you ever been in the situation where your planning or backlog refinement meeting gets heated, the development team are giving their estimates based on how complex they think the task is, product are complaining because the estimates are too high and they think they know better? Then maybe you try and […]

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Don’t Rename the Sprint Review

Dont Rename Review

Its called the Sprint Review for a Reason In my previous post about the Sprint Planning Meeting: The Sprint Review: The Product Owners Meeting I went through in depth regarding this Scrum ceremony. The important thing regarding this meeting is that it is a Sprint Review, not just a demo. I have heard many teams rename it […]

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Scrum Master – Make Sure!

Scrum Master Questions

You are a Scrum Master – Ask Questions, Don’t Solve Problems. Remember as a scrum master you are a facilitator first. You are not there to solve problems for the team. You might know all the answers, but you can’t give solutions to the team if you expect them to grow. Its OK to support […]

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