When last we left our World’s Smallest Online Bookstore team, their Sprint was rocky. To have an effective Sprint Review story, let’s assume that they magically wound back the clock (shazam!) and implemented the changes. As a result, they had the more effective Sprint Planning that we discussed in the last blog post. So let’s […]
Sprint Planning is the most underappreciated Agile event. Unfortunately, that leads to a whole host of errors and problems, as we will soon see. The ScrumGuide says: “Sprint Planning initiates the Sprint by laying out the work to be performed for the Sprint. This resulting plan is created by the collaborative work of the entire […]
We might not be able to make Sprint Backlogs exciting, but we can make them more effective. Let’s look at what purpose they serve, and how to improve them. What is a Sprint Backlog A Sprint Backlog consists of a set of Product Backlog Items (PBIs) that the Developers think they can complete in the […]
Red-Yellow-Green status reports are a widely-used tool to help executives have a fast and simple understanding of the current state of a project through a visual model that makes it easy to spot patterns. Green means everything is good, yellow means there’s some risk, and red means the project is in serious trouble. Simple, right? […]
Go Beyond Merely Completing Work Lists A Sprint should be so much more than just completing a number of User Stories or fixing bugs. If your Sprints are merely about ticking off items on a scattered work list without having a shared understanding of why they’re important or what purpose they serve, your Development Team […]
What is the difference between an Agile Retrospective and a Post Mortem? Retrospectives are the foundation of Continuous Improvement and Short Feedback loops.