A user's guide to practical Scrum

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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 […]

Now that we have the first three values established, we move into the two that really start to pull everything together into a whole.  We start here, with Openness.  Once more, from the Scrum Guide: “The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the […]

Once again, from the Scrum Guide: “Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team.” In my post about commitment, I touched on the importance of setting our forecast for Sprint in accordance with the Sprint Goals.  In my post about courage, the importance of adhering to our Definition […]

Courage is an easy thing to understand.  It’s also incredibly hard for people to fully embrace when we are dealing with the Scrum Values.  As before, I want to start by looking at the one sentence in the Scrum Guide that applies: “The Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work […]

That’s a huge word that carries a lot of weight.  It’s also a word that has had a shift in definition – as it relates to Scrum – in recent times.  So what, exactly, do we mean when we are talking about commitment? For a long time, commitment meant “I am going to do everything […]