Agile Transition Frustrations

On the back of my good day last week, I have run in to a somewhat frustrating day today. I have taken it upon myself to challenge the adoption of Agile in the organisation, it has been over 18 months since they adopted Scrum, and there are currently 7 Scrum teams each with a Product…

Agile in action

For the most part it was a pretty normal sprint, the team read and refined the stories, asked questions and clarified the requirements. One of the stories referred to a text editor where text would be cut and pasted. There were questions about formatting and content and the PO was sure that maintaining formatting was not…

Velocity

I have seen a number of discussions recently about velocity, and generally the harm it can cause when used incorrectly. Most seem to advocate not using it to avoid mis-using it but whilst it is a blunt instrument it is just information like any other metric and for a process that relies on empirical evidence…

Coaching is the easy option?

I have run into a strange dynamic in the agile transition today.   As part of the transition to an ‘Agile’ organisation I have been pushing HR to create and formally recognise new roles, specifically Scrum Master and Product Owner, up until now it has been by unofficial secondment.  Part of me feels pleased that…

Back to Scrumdamentals

It has been a pretty difficult few weeks for me, busy, busy, busy and frankly more management than coaching. Cue air violins! In the division I am working in there are three Scrum Teams, up until now I have been responsible for two and the third has tried a number of ways to accommodate the…