Tag Archive: ownership

Apr 30

With law our land shall rise, but it will perish with lawlessness

Vikings

The Agile Manifesto was written in February of 2001 by seventeen independent-minded software practitioners . While the participants didn’t agree about much, they found consensus around four main values. For those of you who are not aware they are as follows. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others …

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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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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. …

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Apr 19

Kill the Khan

You don't need a kanban master

Does Kanban need a master? With almost every training or presentation I do about Kanban this question often is asked. Because in Scrum you have the Scrummaster so in Kanban you should have a Kanban-master. Right? Well not exactly. First of all kanban leaves roles and processes as they are. Through the use of Kanban …

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Jan 08

Do the right thing

Do the right thing

Software development can be complex. It needs a lot of thinking about code should be written and how complex systems should communicate amongst themselves. It doesn’t become more easy if you ad the various titles that are involved with this development process. You need software developers, but also software architects, art directors, UX designers, Interaction …

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Nov 19

How to uninstall scrum

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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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Oct 01

Challenge intellectually

dogfood

Challenge your team intellectually or they will challenge themselves in ways you wouldn’t have chosen. Don Wells wrote about this on his blog a couple of years ago. I stumbled upon this proverb and liked it. But I got some questions that made me have to explain why. As a product owner it is important …

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Aug 14

Getting there is hard

learning to fly

I sometimes ask myself why some people are trying so hard to run the opposite direction when the other way leads to les pressure and ease.  When I introduce people to Scrum or Kanban they are open for change. But as soon as I start actually working with it, there are always people who want …

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Jul 30

Mind the gap

A while ago I was asked by people at a company I was working for to come up with a clear overview of the responsibilities of the various scrum roles. Who does what and where does their involvement start and/or end? My first answer was that everybody is supposed to be involved and should work …

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