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Ask Questions, Don’t Solve Problem

stop solving problems for the team

This article is more aimed at Scrum Masters, but I think there are key take aways that can be applied to any leadership role. Facilitator first Remember as a scrum master you are a facilitator first. You are not there to solve problems for the team. You might know all the answers, but you can’t […]

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Give the Dev Team a Week

Give the dev team a week

Fitting Scrum Sprints into a Year Sprints in Scrum are often two weeks, its a nice period. Working in a business, we all know that executives like to set goals and measure performance per quarter. During roadmap or project planning, you might get asked how many sprints have we completed in a quarter? This obviously […]

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Should a Product Owner Attend Retrospectives?

Should a Product Owner Attend Retrospectives?

The short answer is YES. The Product Owner is part of the Team The Product Owner is part of the team, and should be involved in any discussions about improving things. A scrum team will never reach its maximum potential if only the developers discuss areas to improve. The first question I would ask is […]

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Daily Scrum, do I have to?

Daily Scrum, do I have to?

The Daily Scrum This will be the first in a series of ‘mini-blog’ posts, small bite sized content with hopefully small nuggets of knowledge, inspiration or motivation. Its a question that gets asked a lot… “Do we have to do it today?”, “Can we skip today?”, “Why is it everyday?”, especially for teams new to […]

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User Stories: One Story To Rule Them All

User Stories: One Story To Rule Them All

One User Story, Multiple Roles When creating user stories, you might find on occasion they can become quite complicated, especially when you are dealing with multiple cases; for example back office admins, customer functionality, different clients. Lets take a very basic example “As a premium customer, I want to be able to access the online […]

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How to Scale Scrum Teams

How to Scale Scrum Teams

Scaling scrum teams Growing I would say that there is a tipping point in every organisation; that point where your product or company starts to get some traction and demand rapidly starts to increase. There is a point where you need to seriously start to consider about scaling scrum teams structure. If you don’t, you […]

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The Sprint Review: The Product Owners Meeting

The Sprint Review: The Product Owners Meeting

Definition of Sprint Review The sprint review, or commonly the sprint demo is a meeting that takes place at the end of the sprint, where the team showcases their “potentially shippable product”. Generally I don’t like the name “Sprint Demo”, this should not be the first and only time the product owner sees the product, […]

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Sprint Planning: Remember it’s a Sprint, not a Marathon

Sprint Planning: Remember it’s a Sprint, not a Marathon

What is Sprint Planning? Sprint planning is a time-boxed meeting that is conducted at the beginning of the sprint, where the team and the product owner discusses and decides on the work that will be completed in the sprint. Generally, the meeting is split into two: What & How. What? The product owner brings a […]

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Daily Stand Up: The Art of Standing Up and Talking

Daily Stand Up: The Art of Standing Up and Talking

What is the Daily Stand Up? Daily Stand Up: The Art of Standing Up and Talking This is a daily meeting (usually in the morning), which allows the team to remain updated on progress and identify roadblocks. The daily stand up should not take more than 15 minutes, and each person should have no more […]

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