A user's guide to practical Scrum

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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 […]

There are some things that are really easy to agree on when it comes to estimating: Estimating is important. Estimating is hard. Estimates are always wrong. Of course, there are some fundamental problems with how we estimate. Traditionally, the question we are asked when it’s time to estimate effort is “how long will this take?” […]

Let’s borrow an analogy or two from youth athletics, shall we? You know them.  You might even have been one of them at some point (or are right now!).  The mom who over-nurtures her team, taking on every possible task because nobody else can do it as well.  The dad who makes a spectacle of […]

And with part five, we get to the heart of everything.  Respect.  One last time, the Scrum Guide: “Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people.” I’ve seen what can happen when respect is lost, and it’s not pretty, my friends.   Have you sat in a team meeting (pick one, any […]