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12
DEC
2016

What is Yesterday’s Weather?

Yesterday’s Weather is Extreme Programming planning technique used to estimate the capacity of a Team based on their past performance. Yesterday’s Weather is a guide to help Teams neither under commit nor overcommit to a set of Product Backlog items during Sprint...
28
NOV
2016

Why estimate the size rather than the duration of a user story? Are story points better than hours?

In Scrum, the owner of the estimates is very clear.  Only the people who do the work, i.e. the Team, have the right to offer estimates for the Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog items.  However, like many things in Scrum, the framework leaves it up to each Team to decide on what...
17
NOV
2015

Top Ten Articles You Didn’t Read: Best of the Best

  While I started with Scrum in 2005, I did not start writing about Scrum, Agile, Extreme Programming, Lean and Kanban until 2008.  Not sure why I took so long to begin writing?  I probably did not have anything to say which is quite unusual for me.  I have an opinion on...
27
AUG
2015

Meeting vs. Ceremony

A meeting is any conversation that results in a decision in order to get something done.  Since the goal of the meeting is to arrive at a decision, the meeting participants stay in the meeting until they have arrived at the decision – not one second longer, not one second...
12
MAY
2015

Get Better Facilitation Today For Just $13.99!

For just a small investment of $13.99, you can have your very own facilitation starter kit!  It has post-its!  It has Sharpies!  It has stickers!  It has everything you need for your next collaborative, engaging and productive conversation with the Team, your users and the...
30
JAN
2015

Sprint Commitments are Fixed, Except When They Are Not

The title of this post is somewhat of a contradiction, but I am OK with contradicting myself from time-to-time.  On the Certified ScrumMaster’s LinkedIn group there was an interesting conversation about what should a Team do when they have finished all their work before the...
14
AUG
2014

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

“No one should spend their lives on meaningless work.” This was the first sentence I underlined in the latest book by Scrum co-creator, Jeff Sutherland, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.  This simple sentence speaks to fundamental reason why Scrum exists in...
27
MAR
2014

Managers Get More by Limiting Their Options in Scrum

What do you think about putting rules around management’s behavior when learning how to do Scrum?  In the previous installments (Part 1 and Part 2), I shared with you Michael James’s nine constraints he places around Scrum Teams to encourage them to self-organize into...
19
MAR
2014

Nine Ways to Ensure You Succeed with Scrum – Part II

In this conclusion of the nine success factors for Scrum, we are going to continue where we left off on our last article and discuss the remaining constraints from Michael James. Full time participation – in order to achieve the higher levels of productivity and quality...
13
MAR
2014

Nine Ways to Ensure You Succeed with Scrum – Part I

Would you like to avoid the same trap many companies fall into when beginning with Scrum?  Last week, I got a call from a new client and it became apparent they found themselves in the same swamp like many others after a few months of doing Scrum.  The call went something like...
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