Category Archive: Scrum

Jun 17

Moving the mastodont

1206068419g4cHE2h

More and more I see companies who want to work with frameworks like Scrum but fail in getting it right. The more I look at why this happens the more obvious it becomes for me that the larger the company the more the challenge. And sometimes it is even impossible to get it to work. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/moving-the-mastodont/

May 12

Be the change

Image source: http://pragprog.com/magazines/2009-11/the-agile-coach

People hire me as a Scrum coach to help them to make changes. Often these people work at companies that want to work with an Agile Framework, often Scrum. In many cases when I have the first talks about the how’s and why’s. I get most of the information I need as a coach to …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/be_the_change/

Apr 10

To Scrum or not to Scrum

hamlet

A good colleague of mine came up with a good idea. Or better said, a good mindset. For a while now in Scrum there is something known as Scrumbut. It’s like the Pino in Prince2 (Prince in name only). We Scrum….but.. and then the excuse why you are not fully doing Scrum.  “We are doing …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/to-scrum-or-not-to-scrum/

Apr 04

The myth of estimation

product-in-a-box

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/the-myth-estimation/

Jan 04

Shit Bad Scrum Masters say

maxresdefault

I know we can laugh about this but you might be surprised what I encounter sometimes in real company situations. The truth is sometime more horrifying than you might see in this classy video. If you have seen it, have another laugh, if you haven’t. Watch and learn and really think if you see something …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/sh-scrum-masters-say/

Sep 29

Agile thoughts from the mind

BrainLightBulb-300x300

At this moment I am working on a presentation for one of our departments about Agile and Scrum. When I started working on this presentation I was thinking how to inspire the people about Agile. I know the obvious theory and values from the books and trainings, but what are the interesting things for the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/agile-thoughts-from-the-mind/

Aug 07

Sub-Scrum

On the left the sub-sprint board for the 20 point userstory that is on the main board on the right

Today I encountered a very interesting situation. I named it Sub-Scrum. A small team is working on a software solution. And during the planning session they encountered a user story that was a bit complicated. They assigned twenty story-points and according to their baseline this is very high. Normally I would advise to cut it …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/sub-scrum/

Jul 05

Warroom tactics

warroom

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. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/warroom-tactics/

Jun 10

Being a servant developer

serving

Some developers think being part of a Scrum team is like paradise: you can do whatever you want, and even better: the manager is there to serve you. Wrong! Okay, I was exaggerating, developers don’t think that, but still, everything in that direction: wrong! Scrum defines the Scrum Master as being a servant leader, and …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/being-a-servant-developer/

May 16

Kick them out

bite

Years ago I attended my first ever Scrum course. I was to become a Scrummaster and in front of me was the insightful and powerful Jeff Sutherland. Everything he told us was grand and fantastic. I listened to everything he said and loved it. But there was one thing that kept me thinking for years. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://agilethings.nl/kick-them-out/

Older posts «

» Newer posts