Categorie archief: Planning

Nov 18

Predicting the future by force

Lately I see it a lot. Scrum teams who plan a session to look at the product backlog and the items in it. It is named a Product Backlog Refinement. It is always a great idea for a team to look ahead at what’s coming next and to be prepared. It the past it was …

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Jul 21

DevOps and Product Ownership

[This article was co-written by Miel Donkers and Niels Talens.] You could see DevOps as expanding the mindset, toolset and processes which started with Agile. Where Agile focuses on creating maximum business value as soon as possible, DevOps can help you to actually deliver this working software quickly. Finally a Minimal Viable Product makes real …

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Apr 04

The myth of estimation

One of the trickiest parts in Scrum is estimating the entire Product Backlog. Often I’m asked to do this or to help Product Owners to do so. In almost every case management, the CEO or the customer demands it. Why would they want this? They want to know when everything is finished. And by estimating …

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Jul 12

Relax. It’s just an hour of work

Here’s one to think about and I would like your opinion or ideas on this one. I recently stumbled into an argument with a fellow coach. I told him that it’s not bad to direct or influence a team towards a certain baseline when it comes to estimating with poker. That it’s not bad to …

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Jul 05

Warroom tactics

I sneaked into the meeting. The conversation had already started and the pleasant introduction formalities where passed. The Scrum master and product owner glanced at each other and ignored me when I joined the others at the table. They knew what they had to do. The question posed by the division manager was very simple. …

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Mar 07

It’s all about the input

Garbage in, garbage out This is a pretty basic principle. But what do you expect? What are the odds that if you give poor descriptions of your vision and needs that the results will be as expected? 50/50? Maybe less? Within the agile community there’s a lot of information to be found on processes and …

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Feb 26

Creative planning

Something that comes by now and again is planning. And with this I don´t mean the planning sessions within Scrum or planning work through the day. I´m talking about the planning that occurs in boardrooms and amongst managers. Often I am asked to provide a long term planning. How many sprints something would take and …

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Jan 08

How can you use agile to put a stake in the ground

This is my first post for Agile Things in 2013, so I thought I’d start by setting my own stall out on agile. For me, agile represents two things. With an application development hat on, agile is about delivering value back to the business in a faster, higher quality and more efficient way than traditional …

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Nov 19

How to uninstall scrum

There are companies that somehow don’t seem to get scrum to work and attempt to get it undone, to uninstall it so to say. Sometimes the reason is that they feel they don’t get the expected results or they have the feeling that control is no longer there. In most cases it is not installed …

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Nov 09

Deadline

Are we prisoners of our own projects? We haven’t done anything wrong, we work hard to deliver great software. We try hard to add business value on everything we do and we try to work together as optimal as possible. But there is always that deadline that in most cases was devised by someone who …

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