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Agile attitudes and abilities presentation at Agile Australia 2012

Posted On June 14, 2012 12:58 pm By Ilan

What cures serious jet-lag after a month-long overseas working trip while being struck down with a head cold? Doing a presentation about Agile attitudes and abilities at a major conference in front of hundreds of people! OK, so it’s not quite chicken soup followed by bedrest but it certainly took my mind off how I […]

Choosing your Scrum team – Rock stars or studio musicians?

Posted On April 25, 2012 3:22 pm By Ilan

There is a movement in IT recruiting circles to try and locate so-called ‘rock-star’ developers. I’ve always had an issue with this juxtaposition as I feel it sends a confused message to the market. Let’s think about this for a minute; what are the qualities that are synonymous with rock stars?

I’m sure you’ll agree that they are typically perceived as charismatic, creative and individualistic – good things right? Flipping the coin now, let’s now take a look at some of the not so laudable (stereotypical) characteristics – think temperamental, attention-seeking and arrogant with a healthy dose of ‘my way or the highway’ attitude thrown in there.

Does this sound like the type of person that would play nicely in a tight Scrum team? I think not. Read more about rockstars and studio musicians here…

‘Chief ScrumMasters’ and ScrumMasters

Posted On March 8, 2012 9:28 pm By Ilan

When one ScrumMaster turns into two, then three, then four, life begins to gets more exciting. Scrum has clearly taken a stronghold in your organization and is settling in for the long haul. Although this is a great situation, care must be taken to erect strong scaffolding to help guide the positive surge as well […]

Relative estimation communication

Posted On February 29, 2012 9:01 pm By Ilan

Like many of you reading this article, I have spent an inordinate number of hours watching time whittle away during long-winded estimation sessions in the quest to meticulously break down nebulous requirements into detailed tasks (on very long and very stripy Gantt charts). But worse than the time wasted actually creating these Gantt charts was […]

To-dos for your sprint reviews

Posted On January 30, 2012 12:45 pm By Ilan

WARNING: On the surface, this Scrum activity appears to be both simple and straightforward. But be warned: without careful preparation, this session can lead to riotous table-thumping and streams of tears.

Just show the stakeholders what was completed over the last 2-week sprint — sounds simple right? Well, based on my experience, a sprint review is rarely simple, and in fact, I consider it to be the most delicate session to facilitate.

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