A user's guide to practical Scrum

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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 […]

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 […]