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‘Chief ScrumMasters’ and ScrumMasters

Posted On March 8, 2012 9:28 pm By Cecil Goldstein

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 Goldstein

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 Cecil Goldstein

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.

Masterful ScrumMaster

Posted On December 15, 2011 9:05 pm By Cecil Goldstein

I don’t believe that the important ScrumMaster title should be bestowed on someone just because he or she knows the Scrum rules and practices back to front. Instead, this title should be granted only to those who genuinely understand and can bring to life the underlying ethos of the role. That is, a ScrumMaster should […]

Incriminating impediments

Posted On November 28, 2011 8:33 pm By Cecil Goldstein

You’ve trained your new Scrum troops, and they’re ready for their first mission. The team is pumped, and the project is up and running. Things are going well; the daily scrums are happening, the continuous integration server is humming along, tasks are moving across the board, so life is pretty sweet. Then, from out of […]

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