Posts filed under: Scrum

ScrumMaster. Clarify roles to boost your teams productivity!

Background Did you ask yourself – What’s going on here? Why don’t we come to a decision? Why is this task pending forever? Who are all the attendees in this meeting? … Unclear roles cause unclear situations and produce a...
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Refreshed Agile – Scrum’s foundation – between becoming an endangered mainstream buzzword and it’s evolution to THE management driver

Background VersionOne, Inc. [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Today I face the word AGILE everywhere. Often it seems to me that its not clear what it means to be AGILE and to use agile development. With this post I try...
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To commit or not commit – that’s the questions here

Background Following the Scrum guide the sprint commitment is now transformed into the sprint forecast – and again my previous way of thinking about the commitment evolves.    “However, enough work is planned during the Sprint Planning Meeting for the Development Team...
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Avoid technical debt and address software architecture in Scrum with the help of team architects

Background It took us some time to figure out a good way of handling architectural topics within our Scrum environment. In this post I’d like to share how we deal with technical debt vs. feature development, how teams contribute to...
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Evolving sprint planning II – split only stories that you start working on

Background During our agile journey we discussed and tried various improvements to the way we do our sprint planning II – the Scrum artefact to get to the tactical sprint level and decide how the implementation for stories looks like...
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How switching the Scrum Master and developer perspective enlarged my scope

Background After being Scrum Master for the last 4 years, in my recent project I had the opportunity to work as a developer again. This post will describe my new insights and learnings from this journey.  When you’re stuck, seek...
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Visualize sprint progress – an alternative to burndown charts

From traditional burn-down-charts to the sprint flow When I started with the Scrum implementation I followed descriptions from Scrum books and the Scrum Master training and started with a “traditional” burndown chart. In the beginning we used the hour-based burndown...
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