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‘Scouting ahead with Product Backlog Refinement’ – Part 11 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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Welcome back and apologies for the delay but life has been especially hectic with the final, frantic flurry of activity trying to make sure that the 3rd Scrum Australia Regional Gathering went according to plan. Anyway, in this next installment we are going to be sticking with the Sprint Backlog to tackle possibly the most common operational dysfunction that we …

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‘Obsessing over Sprint failure’ – Part 10 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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Happy new year my fellow Scrum mythbusters and I hope you’ve all started 2016 in tremendous fashion! I thought we’d start off the year with what I’d consider to be one of the most toxic and prevalent myths that I see out there in the Agile world that leads to some seriously dysfunctional thinking. So, a question that I get …

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‘Sprint Reviews vs Walkthroughs’ – Part 9 of the Scrum Myth-Buster series

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We are now up to myth nine, and this time we are going to rapidly dispel a common Sprint Review myth that we see. This is the belief that the Sprint Review is the event to engage with the Product Owner to discuss, demonstrate and validate the output of the current Sprint. This myth harkens back to ‘ye olde days’ …

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‘Potentially shippable = potentially confusing…’ – Part 8 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

Welcome back and it’s time for myth number eight! This one focuses on some ambiguous terminology that leads to some major misunderstandings surrounding the intended output of the Sprint. The term that I’m referring to here is ‘potentially shippable product increment’. The most operable word, potentially is often ignored or forgotten giving rise to the myth that at the end …

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‘Sprint Zero Mixed Messages’ – Part 7 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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Wow we’ve already hit the half-way mark on this 12-part myth-busting journey! I’ve been really flattered by the response so far that has even included an Infoq interview exploring some of the drivers that led me to start writing about these misconceptions. Let’s now go to the beginning of a project and focus on a misconception that I come across …

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‘The Dreaded Sprint Burndown’ – Part 6 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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More myth-busting awaits, and in this post, I’m going to close off the thread that I opened in part 5 that focused on some of the non-mandatory Scrum accessories that are often confused as being core fixtures. So if you recall, User Stories, Planning Poker and Task Boards are actually completely optional as far as Scrum is concerned! Now there …

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‘Non-mandatory Agile accessories’ – Part 5 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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Last time we spoke about the anti-documentation myth so lets stick with the same theme and explore another related myth, that being the belief that if you do Scrum, you must utilize the User Story format to document requirements. True, this format has no doubt become a defacto standard and is certainly the most common format that I see being …

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‘We don’t document, we’re Agile!’ – Part 4 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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OK, back again for part four of the Scrum Myth-Buster series and this time we are entering into agile taboo territory… documentation… Enter the Agile Cowboy! So this is a major myth that I’m sure you’ve all heard before many times over, the perception being that Scrum is anti-documentation (especially detailed documentation and this is why we utilize the ole’ …

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‘Scrum is bigger than software’ – Part 3 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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Welcome back and now that we’ve warmed up in part one and two with some terminology myth bugbears, let’s move up a level to some ‘bigger picture’ myths. Scrum outside of software – you don’t say! So here’s a serious myth for you – Scrum is an approach only for software development. Now there are no arguments from me that …

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‘Sprint for distance not speed’ – Part 2 of the Scrum Myth-Buster Series

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Hi all! I know it’s late but happy 2015! Thanks for sticking with me as I know that (once more) it’s been a little while between drinks. I could blame Christmas / New Year and a super hectic beginning to the year and so I will ☺ Anyway, when I left you last we started to bust up some of …

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