The ‘Zone of Acceptance’

One of the challenges of an Agile Coach, or anyone in a management or leadership role is establishing what I have seen referred to as the “zone of acceptance” for individual team members. The Zone of Acceptance is a term for the tasks an individual sees as something they are prepared to do as part of…

Scrum in ancient Rome

I found a number of quotes from a popular writer and favourite of Julius Caesar :- Publilius Syrus Here are some of his maxims: On agility in planning: “It is a bad plan that cannot be altered.” On commitments: “Never promise more than you can perform. “ On quality: “Nothing can be done at once…

What makes a good ‘Story’?

I – Independent N – Negotiable V – Valuable E – Estimable S – Small T – Testable Independent Stories are easiest to work with if they are independent. That is, we’d like them to not overlap in concept, and we’d like to be able to schedule and implement them in any order. Negotiable A good…

Backlog Refining Crib Sheet

Purpose of backlog refining: Prepare stories for planning Provide Product Owner with a rough estimate to aid their planning Breakdown epics into manageable stories Verify stories take us towards our goal and fit with our vision. Identify Spikes When? Refining should happen for at least 2 hours each sprint to stay on top of the…