Most of the concepts in Scrum are easy to understand but extremely difficult to master. This is due to the fact that Scrum is designed for perfect, and reality never is. The same principle applies to the Definition of Done.When we start up teams, we help them to set a Definition of Done (DoD).
Teams are taught the DoD is an instrument that will provide them transparency in two ways:
understanding what the effort of work is, considering all the tasks that need to be undertaken by the team before work can be marked as “done”.
understanding what “done” means when an item is inspected at the end of the sprint.
Micro-skills are simple intervention techniques. When using micro-skills, you will facilitate sessions and have conversations that yield more effect and value. Using the micro-skills offers support in your facilitator or leadership role.
I have developed a workshop to train a set of 18 micro skills. In this workshop, you will learn to consciously facilitate a discussion or an interview using micro-skills.
I was going over the slides of the September LeSS conference and I was struck by the deck of Kevlin Henney. He was referring to an organizational structure that I never heard of. I have seen it before, I did not know it had a name and I was not aware that all existing classical org structures are actually wrong.
LeSS adoption prescribes one person in the role of Product Owner (PO). Not multiple people, not a committee, just one person. Companies have a hard time in accepting the idea that one person can do this complex task for the whole product. The product is too big and there are too many customers and stakeholders the PO needs to deal with. Companies refuse to redefine the PO role description and stick to having multiple Fake PO’s.Continue reading →
Tash Sultana is a 22 year old musician. She is cross functional, a multi-instrumentalist producing fully arranged tracks live on stage.
My team consists of Frontenders, Backenders, a Tech Writer and a QA. I am their scrum master. They are working as a team for a while already. It’s a team in the sense that they work on the same sprint backlog, but they are not the team as you would see described in the Agile books: They are not cross functional.
On July 7 and 8, it’s time for the Agile Days in Riga. Looks like it is going to be an exciting conference. I will be having my talk “Remote team facilitation and scaled scrum: How to make it work”. I’m really looking forward to contribute to this event!