The Week in Review – 1/21/18

It was a cold, snowy week this week.  For my part of the country snow, in any amount, really makes for a lot of excitement.  That said, there weren’t too many travel problems on my commute, just several days of very cold temperatures. I did, out of an “abundance of caution”, take one day this Read more about The Week in Review – 1/21/18[…]

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?[…]

Recommended Technology Resources for Business

TOOLS These are some low cost highly effective technology tools for your business. Trello – An indispensable tool to model the workflows of your business and manage the work in those workflows.  Free and paid versions available. #Slack – One of the best messaging applications I have ever used for team communication.  Can really cut Read more about Recommended Technology Resources for Business[…]

The Last Question I Ask in an Interview

When I interview developers I ask a lot of questions.  They tell me about the developer’s background, their aptitude and their ability to fit culturally within the team.  There’s one question I always save for last because it tells me more holistically what that developer is all about. What’s the question? “How do you know Read more about The Last Question I Ask in an Interview[…]

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[…]