How do you calculate how much work to take into a Sprint? While not a part of the official Scrum Guide, Sprint Capacity Planning is a great way to establish how much work the Development Team can do. Here’s how it works.
Picture the scene: As a ScrumMaster, you note that your team has gradually become deferential to a very dominant team member. This team member isn’t always right but their natural domineering style just sweeps the team along with them. You feel certain that it’s harming the team and want to address it. But how do [...]
To earn a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) credential from the Scrum Alliance, you need to take an exam. Here’s what I did to prepare for, and pass, that exam.
Recently, the Scrum Alliance introduced a mandatory pass/fail test for prospective Certified Scrum Masters (CSM). In this article, I relate my experience of the CSM Test and the assessment process.
Who’s responsible for maximizing the value of the software product you’re working on? Who’s responsible for the work of the software development team? The CEO? Head of Engineering? PMO? Software Development Manager? In Scrum, the responsibility lies with the Product Owner. In this article, I’ll detail all those things that a Professional Product Owner does [...]
How big is your Story Point? No, I don’t mean in hours, we all know that a Story Point to Hours comparison is impossible. I mean, when you estimate how long a User Story might take, how do you decide on the number of Story Points? What’s your yardstick?
You get to the end of a sprint and find that you still have user stories that were not completed. Why does this happen? How should you deal with it? And how do you prevent it from happening again? This article addresses all of these questions.
In my daily work as a consultant Agile Coach / Scrum Master and also a Scrum Trainer, I regularly get asked this one question: Can Distributed Scrum really work? Recently, I had the great pleasure to discuss this same topic with a group of highly respected Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters and the outcome of [...]
I love a good analogy and on the way to work today I was struck by the similarities between my journey and the route to a successful Scrum implementation. As I thought more, I realized that there’s one skill you need more than any other to implement Scrum. Not only that, it’s a skill listed [...]
Scrum is brilliant in theory but in everyday use, niggling little problems keep popping up. How do you deal with them? Welcome to the first in a series of articles discussing Scrum Implementation Issues. Today, we’re discussing the Daily Scrum time box.