Tag archief: team

Jan 31

At your service

Software as a service

When you want to be successful at delivering software you have to stop treating it as a product and as a project. Turn it into as service to get it to be a success. Why do so many recruiters and HR staff when looking for new Scrum master still post ads that say that they …

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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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Oct 22

Leeroy Jenkins

A few years ago there was a very funny movie on the Internet. A group of World of Warcraft gamers came together online for a challenge. Together they plan to battle with dragons. Lots of dragons. A difficult challenge that they serve well to prepare. Spells are cast to each other for more power. Weapons …

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Oct 12

People are not cattle

It is impossible to predict the future. So why do some of us still try to bring their company into jeopardy in trying to do so. I think we all heard of top managers who think they have so much experience that they can read minds, bring success to projects by keep doing the same …

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Oct 10

The horror of team spike

Spike. Sometimes I wish the word didn’t exist. In al the teams I introduced this little word, they immediately misused it to hide their uncertainty. To avoid that this happens to your team, let me explain what a spike is. And when you know, how to avoid that it becomes your main impediment. A spike …

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Oct 01

Challenge intellectually

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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Sep 18

Technical userstories: pick a side

In almost every project that I know of the question emerges what to do with technical user stories. At first I was inclined to just say that there is no such thing as a technical user story and that all stories on the product backlog and scrum board should be functional. Even though something can …

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Sep 10

Overcome your fear

In every project team there is something that rears its nasty head and starts biting people. It is something knows as fear. It has many faces. There is fear of failure, fair of change or fear of management and the fear of the unknown. There is fear for under-achievement and over-achievement. The fear of loosing …

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Sep 03

Involuntary scrum

The project was running for a while. Sprint after sprint the team members got closer to the goal. It was not a project where it was possible to produce software that was to go live after each sprint so they build upon it until it was done. The team was tackling the challenges when they …

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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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