I recently had a sudden reason to do something I had not done since childhood. I went to the hospital as a patient. Surgery could not wait. I’m doing well now, moving on the road to full recovery. As I reflect back on the experience, I found things to learn about team work, skill boundaries […]
Velocity Moves Forward
Scrum and other Agile frameworks introduce the concept of “velocity” as a measure. Velocity a ratio of some work size (story points, ideal days, etc.) verses time measured as a sprint or iteration. So a team might say “We complete 26 story points per sprint.” Or a project manager might report “Our teams complete 224 […]
What Does A Product Owner Do, Anyway?
A recent question in the scrumdevelopment group captured my imagination. I had to write a response before sleeping. Most of this post repeats my message in the group. I’ve tried to polish it a bit for posterity. The Questions The original post in the group asked some hard questions about the role of the Product […]
“BDUF Scrum” – Don’t do it!
Finding the Theme I enjoy helping people with Scrum and Agile. The more I do it, the more I learn and enjoy it. Many of my recent in person and online encounters have had a similar flavor to them. I didn’t put my finger on it until this morning. In an online exchange people have […]
A Holistic View
A few weeks ago, lying in bed, waiting for my mind to turn off, my thoughts carried me to think about an Agile enterprise. What would be important? What would it look and feel like? A diagram of concepts formed to define the general areas of focus for an Agile enterprise. The next day I […]
Minimizing Bad Effects of Special Projects
Agile frame works like Scrum define an iteration or sprint of two to four weeks. This time is dedicated for the team to work tasks to complete a planned set of stories. The team is not to be distracted from their sprint or iteration backlog. This allows them the highest concentration possible during the iteration […]