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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The Scrum Definition of Done is not a User Story element

The Definition of Done in Scrum is a super powerful artefact to create transparency around what needs to be delivered to consider a unit of work ‘done’. Meaning, no more work is needed on this item for it to potentially deliver value through a customer release. The concept helps with forecasting, increased transparency and fosters collaboration […]

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Sprint Goal in Scrum: Whose responsibility is it?

The elusive Scrum Sprint Goal. One of those practices in Scrum that is often neglected or struggled with. Which is a shame since Scrum Teams can benefit greatly from the much needed Focus it provides, when used properly. Recently an aspiring Scrum Master asked me: “Who makes the sprint goal? In the training we discussed the PO makes it, […]

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ScrumMaster – Should They Be Technical Or Not?

Should the ScrumMaster be able to understand the technical details of the work of the team? Would this help them be more effective? Or might it hinder them? https://inspectandadapt.com/blog/should-the-scrummaster-be-technical/ Nope. A Scrum Master can benefit from some level of comprehension of the matter at hand, to better understand team discussion. But only to help facilitate […]

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