Liven up your Scrum Standup meetings

Tony Robbins has always said that repetition “is the mother of skill” but it can also lead to boredom.  For well-established scrum teams, the daily standup meeting can get a bit monotonous.  Every day, it’s the same thing.  What have you done?  What are you about to do?  What’s in your way?  Scrum Masters need […]

Are you putting too much emphasis on your Sprint demo when using Scrum?

We all know how it works – after a defined period of time (e.g. 3 weeks) you round up your stakeholders and Product Owner to demo all the great software you as a team have created.  And what always happens the first time your stakeholders see “shippable” software?  Absolutely correct – questions around functionality and […]

Is production support killing your Scrum team’s velocity?

Unless you’re on one of the few lucky Scrum teams that gets to focus entirely on the development of new software, you need to support your production systems while at the same time moving forward with new functionality and projects.  Most in this situation have seen what started out as a very successful Sprint completely […]

Is your Scrum team having problems closing user stories? Swarming can be the answer.

New Scrum teams or Scrum teams that have not matured may find themselves completing a good portion of the tasks in a Sprint but as the Sprint comes to a close they find many user stories still open.  The group collectively scratches their heads wondering where things went wrong as the burndown looked pretty good […]

If you have more than 3 roles in play, you’re not using Scrum

Scrum has 3 primary roles of Product Owner, Scrum Master and delivery/development team member.  However, I’ve run into “Scrum” implementations that are using roles such as “Lead Developer” or “Lead Business Analyst”.  It’s bad enough you’ve created “new” roles for Scrum but when you use titles that include “Lead” it’s reflecting a lack of commitment […]

Only take on what’s possible

For your development team to have any chance of success in their Sprint, the Scrum Master needs to ensure that they only take on as much work as they have time to complete.  To determine available time for the Sprint, as Scrum Master you’ll need to create a capacity planning chart.  The chart will be […]

If you don’t have this, don’t even start with Scrum

We’re all looking for ways to do things better and once you have some exposure to Scrum you’ll quickly realize this project management framework can revolutionize how you develop software in your organization.  After a quick read of what’s involved with implementing Scrum, it all seems pretty straightforward – a team, a Scrum Master and […]