LIFO Backlog management; Putting new backlog items at the top by default for shorter lead time
The Scrum Definition of Done is not a User Story element
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? […]
Sprint Goal in Scrum: Whose responsibility is it?
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 […]
Why it’s important to go to the right source for your Scrum information
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, […]
Why it’s better to ask an Agile team for a forecast than commitment
AKA Worrying interpretations of Scrum, pt.2 – This week I had the pleasure to facilitate two days of learning. One day was all about working towards the Scrum.org PSMI certification with a Dash of Scrum (master) practice. The other was more about Scrum & Agile basics. Then as I was skimming through linkedin today, I saw […]
Agile Coach & Scrum Master; the difference explained
John Ferguson puts it very neatly in his blog, and I agree that any habit that puts us at risk of taking on more than we can qualitatively deliver should be left out of our toolbox. I myself do from time to time ask the team whether they can absolutely commit to the forecast planned, […]
A P.O. Perspective on the Definition of Scrum
Tom Cagley’s blog explaining his take on the difference between Agile Coaches & Scrum Masters is really clear and I do agree, although in practice the roles and responsibilities may blur & can overlap quite a bit from time to time. As he explains: “Agile coaches typically pursue the implementation of an organizational vision of Agile…” and […]
ScrumMaster – Should They Be Technical Or Not?
In this series I aim to put a Product Owner perspective to the elements of the Scrum Guide. Where else can we start then at the definition? We’ll discover the most important elements for a Product Owner and what they mean in practice. Definition of Scrum according to scrumguides.org Scrum (n): A framework within which […]
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 […]