The Scrum Guide says that a Scrum team makes a forecast during Sprint Planning, but managers want a commitment. What’s the difference and why is a forecast much better than a commitment?
Product Backlogs should be relatively short. The longer they get, the harder they are to use effectively. In this blog post, I talk about why a large Product Backlog is bad news and what you can do to fix it.
Thanks to 20th century management theory, the world is filled with metrics and measures that are questionable. Many are useless. For example, a commonly used but effectively useless metric for knowledge creation workers (like those in IT, marketing, and other creative careers): utilization. Utilization is a metric that was meant to measure the percentage
A piece of advice I find myself always giving to Product Owners goes to the very heart of how empiricism (the basic workflow of a good Scrum team) is supposed to work. It makes all the difference in the world to effective product ownership.
This is story about two Scrum teams that need to go from New York to San Francisco in ten business days. Because they have ten business days to get there, both teams decide to drive a car. The car they are driving can only be driven eight hours a day, Monday through Friday.
How can a development team focus on max product value while also handling support-based interruptions? Here are a few things to pay attention to!
Scrum is the most used Agile framework, yet many still aren't quite sure how to make Scrum work best in a support environment. Let's dive into this topic!
In many organizations, nothing wastes more time than metrics with no purpose. Here's help on the RIGHT way to measure team performance.
Wondering where to start with agile transformation? Do you pick a single project? Or a specific team? Train everyone and run with it? Here's some guidance.
A ScrumMaster is a coach and a mentor, an agent of change and a catalyst of momentum - a true leader. But have you taken your leadership skills to the edge?
Click here to watch a video recording of one of our recent webinars entitled 3 Power Skills of Strong Leaders, hosted in January 2021.
Do you give your team feedback, but nothing seems to come of it? Here's some simple techniques for giving feedback to your employees, staff, and teammates.