Trello Cookbook Recipe: Family Grocery List

A Vision of a Better Grocery List Just to show how versatile Trello can be I want to share one of the personal projects I built with it this week: a family Grocery List. We’re a family of five.  Grocery shopping for that many people is the urban equivalent of big game hunting.  Minimizing trips Read more about Trello Cookbook Recipe: Family Grocery List[…]

Bees and Ants in Agile? Swarming for Problem Solving

One of the key underpinnings of Agile is the concept that the things that have the most value go first.  In Business as Usual conditions this means items land in the backlog, receive grooming, get prioritized by the business, and wait their turn in the On Deck queue for the development team.  Happy happy! But Read more about Bees and Ants in Agile? Swarming for Problem Solving[…]

Most sprint planning meetings are Crap! How do I make mine great? (Part One)

Our teams break down sprint planning into two main meetings: the “What” meeting and the “How” meeting. The “What” meeting involves the product owners and stakeholders.  The “How” meeting is for the Scrum Development Team. To run a successful “What” meeting requires some preparation and sticking to some guidelines during the meeting.  Do that and Read more about Most sprint planning meetings are Crap! How do I make mine great? (Part One)[…]

What is a Scrum Development Team?

Don’t limit your thinking when it comes to defining “what” a Scrum development team is.  It is not just those writing code.  It’s not just developers or programmers.  The team is everyone that moves the ball forward. Developers, testers, business analysts, scrum masters and product owners all play a role in the successful completion of Read more about What is a Scrum Development Team?[…]

How to Groom User Stories

User stories start their lives as an unruly mess.  They often have just the briefest of descriptions, no direction and no vision for what they will be when they mature and reach the status of Done. The skilled product owner or agilist responsible for grooming these user stories takes this rough form and elaborates it Read more about How to Groom User Stories[…]