Why the Sprint Goal is not an artifact in Scrum
Sprint Goal in red letters on white post it note, on a wooden wall with other post it notes around it

After reading fellow PST Piyush’s blog on the Sprint Goal and why he believes it is not defined as an artifact, I shared my own insights in a comment. Re-reading my own words, they seem potentially valuable as a seperate publication. So below is that comment, as a Blog. The Sprint Goal is not an […]

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Is Scrum hurting your agility?
how did this even happen - two batons one runner

By Chris Lukassen & Sjoerd Kranendonk By now, most organisations are using Scrum, however, many of them feel like the agility of their organisation has degraded, and they might be right! Often, using Scrum starts out as a way to improve development efforts coordinated within an IT division or department, but that is not the […]

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Done vs Releasable
From not yet releasable to releasable and beyond to full quality

Done in your Scrum Team: does it have to be releasable? Spoiler: no way Jose! There’s a road to releasable and trying Scrum can help getting there. Done vs Releasable is about the difference of doing Scrum as intended and thus gaining maximum benefit, versus the long hard road to reach that state of pure transparency. In […]

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Minimum quality

Minimum quality is constant & non-negotiable. This should be defined clearly and lived without compromise. However, some aspects of quality (above the defined/agreed minimum) could be considered luxury and are as such ‘promoted’ to features. For instance, when building cars, you want every car to pass mandatory safety regulations. And it may be your brand […]

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LIFO Backlog management; Putting new backlog items at the top by default for shorter lead time

LIFO Backlog Management, what is it and why should you consider it? First off, LIFO stands for ‘Last in, first out’ and is the exact opposite of regular inventory management, where a ‘first in, first out’ (FIFO) approach is taken to prevent inventory from degrading. What does all this have to do with Backlog Management? […]

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