Scrum

Increase Your Agility with One Product Owner

product ownership requires vision

This post is part of the Scrum Whys blog series. “A product owner can be a member of only one Scrum team” “A product owner must compose every user story” “A product owner creates all of the requirements for a development team” “A product owner is the only person that should talk to our customers”…

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Why Scrum Doesn’t Give You the Kitchen Sink

dirty dishes in sink

‘Scrum Doesn’t Give You the Kitchen Sink’ is part of the Scrum Whys blog series. Pop quiz. Which of the following is the most accurate description of Scrum? Scrum is a comprehensive approach for product development, and it has the best patterns for success. Scrum is a set of recommendations that should be used as…

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5 ways an agile team manager can improve velocity

Velocity

A common question we hear from managers and senior leaders is how they can improve the velocity of their development teams. Many agile professionals redirect that manager’s attention to attributes other than output, commonly toward value, because they assume the wrong question is being asked. I totally agree one has to examine the value a…

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The ‘Scrum Whys’ Blog Series

Scrum whys

“Why does Scrum require that you only have one person ‘own’ a product?” “Why do we have to be done with something in a month or less? That would make our testing process really inefficient.” “Why is everyone on a development team called a ‘developer’? Why is it called a development team anyways? My teams…

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One Shocking Thing Many Agile Coaches Are Getting Wrong

Many Agile coaches and Scrum Masters believe they know best. They believe teams must follow a certain set of steps and do things a certain way, and if they do, those teams will be more productive, happy, and successful than ever. There’s a problem with thinking that way. That style of thinking is part of…

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Three Dysfunctional Sprint Burn-Down Charts of Scrum Teams

Charts and graphs

Why use a Sprint Burn-down chart? A Sprint burn-down chart is a great way for a team to measure their own progress in a Sprint. It helps to maintain a sustainable pace by visualizing progress. It helps to pay attention to finishing rather than starting work. And it helps produce team level transparency, much like…

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Don’t Waste Your Time with Impossible Resolutions

Don’t Waste Your Time with Impossible Resolutions: Set Realistic Life Goals with Scrum Instead I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago, and for good reason. According to Business Insider, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. The $11 billion self-help industry suggests humans possess a strong innate desire to become better…

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One Great Change in the 2017 Scrum Guide Update

I published a post about the three questions in your Daily Scrum that aren’t working back in September of this year. Two months later, I am excited to announce that the Scrum Guide has been updated, clarifying that the three questions method is not the only way to conduct the Daily Scrum! The updated 2017…

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Common Reasons for Attending Scrum Master Training

Agile and Scrum training

Are you wondering if Professional Scrum Master training from Responsive Advisors is the right fit for you? In this post, I will provide an overview of common reasons people attend our Scrum Master training, what they were hoping to get out of it, and what they actually got out of it. “The New Scrum Master” “The…

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3 Biggest Challenges You Can Fix When Scaling Scrum Teams

Broken Down Car

Scaled Scrum occurs when many Scrum teams work on the same product or project. Scaling Scrum can present many challenges as more and more people are added to the mix and transparency and communication become harder to manage. Below are some common challenges that organizations frequently encounter when scaling Scrum. Scaling Scrum Challenge #1: Geographic…

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