A user's guide to practical Scrum

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Working Agreements are important.  One of the earliest things we can do to come together as a Scrum Team is to discuss what our working agreements are as a team.  This is our contract with ourselves on how we are going to work – and succeed – together. It’s not vital that every team establish […]

I admit to mixed feelings about Sprint burn-downs.  I recognize I might be in the minority on this. In theory, they are useful.  A good burn-down provides a quick at-a-glance view of how the team is progressing within a Sprint toward their goal, and shows where things might be tracking behind and adjustments might need […]

Let me just say this up front: I love Sprint Retrospectives. The Retrospective is easily my favorite event in Scrum, and it’s not even close.  It’s also the hardest one to get just exactly perfect.  I make no claim to having done this – there is always room to improve, after all – but I […]

Okay, I know I said that I was going to come back to Retrospectives and how to keep them from being repetitive. I’ve got a lot written about that and am trying to figure out how to shape that content. I promise I will come back to it. Soon. Something that came up recently got […]

Let me just say this up front: I love Sprint Retrospectives. The Retrospective is easily my favorite event in Scrum, and it’s not even close.  It’s also the hardest one to get just exactly perfect.  I make no claim to having done this – there is always room to improve, after all – but I […]

It’s important to me that my Scrum Teams keep the Scrum Values in mind, and how better to do this than during a Retrospective?  I recently noticed that there were some problems facing one of my teams, and wanted to find a way to foster an open discussion and see where the Team would go […]