Category: Agile

Three reasons to stop talking about time and deadlines in Agile environments

Timelines and deadlines have always been tricky for software development. With the advent of Agile software development and Scrum, they may feel even trickier. In this post, I explore how you can move the conversation from time and deadlines to something that matters: delivering value to your customers faster.

How standardization and using Agile frameworks can harm your organizational agility

Most organizations want to speed up their Agile transformation and embrace an Agile Scaling Framework to create standardization in processes and to be implemented as soon as possible. Be aware, this approach might harm your organizational agility!

Dear Product Owners, Need Help Managing Your Stakeholders?

“How to manage stakeholders” is one of the biggest challenges a Product Owner in an Agile environment faces when fulfilling her role. Especially as part of a scrum team, it is important to really engage both customers, and stakeholders to value. Communication and inspection during the sprint review and backlog management are vital to ensuring the engagement of the stakeholders and delivering value as desired by customers and stakeholders.

How To Handle Unplanned Work In Sprints for DevOps Teams

One of the many questions I get as an agile coach is “How to handle unplanned work in Sprints”. I really like this question coming from scrum teams. In an earlier post, I gave advice to the PO on how to create more insight into the Product Backlog. However, unplanned work is not always easy to […]

The Burndown Chart Reveals Many Secrets

The Scrum Guide does not mandate the use a burndown chart to monitor progress. Scrum requires only that Remaining work for a Sprint is summed up and made known on a daily basis and that trending toward completing the work of the Sprint is maintained throughout the Sprint (Scrum Guide). Although the Scrum Guide, even […]