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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.

Masterful ScrumMaster

Posted On December 15, 2011 9:05 pm By Ilan

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 Ilan

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 […]

Bah, Scrum Bug! How to manage those bugs and issues

Posted On November 2, 2011 8:47 pm By Ilan

Although we no longer have to contend with actual moths infiltrating our vacuum tubes (yep, that’s where the term bug originates), their digital descendants are still regular visitors to every codebase on the planet. In the same way that bugs have changed over time, so has the way that they are dealt with, and this […]

Sprint issues – when sprints turn into crawls

Posted On October 11, 2011 8:16 pm By Ilan

As Eisenhower famously put it: “Plans are useless yet planning is indispensable”. There is a great deal of wisdom to this and apart from war, nowhere does this truism reflect more than in the software development world. This is a primary reason that Scrum and other Agile frameworks came into being. Although the frameworks offer […]

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