A collection of 17 posts
Many funny agile movies
Some people just happen to learn more from short movie clips. And they can be a great way to bring some humor in. Please add your suggestions in the comments below. Scrum for SchmucksMy brutally honest summary of the Scrum framework for the typical dumb schmuck in the street.YouTube
Focus on what was "Done" during Sprint Review
As Scrum Trainer I get to meet a lot of teams and hear of many different ways to do Scrum. Most are valid ways, yet some seem more aligned with the values of Scrum or the purpose of the specific Scrum Element. In this post we'll have a look at the Sprint Review.
Scaling Scrum to the limit
You’re likely to have been asked the question: “we need to go faster, how many more people do we need?” Most people naturally understand that just adding a random number of people isn’t likely to make us any faster in the short run. So how do you scale Scrum to the limit? And what are those limits?
More Physical and Digital tools for Scrum Masters and their teams
A couple of months ago I blogged about some of the tools and toys that live in the trunk of my car [https://jessehouwing.net/agile-physical-and-digital-tools-for-scrum-masters-and-their-teams/] . I take these along everywhere I teach and coach. Since posting, people have suggested additional items that just must be in my toolbox. Time
Use Mob Programming to maximize your learning
The first experience with Mob Programming is usually total chaos and I tried to prepare the team accordingly. Trying out any new technique, anything that's out of your comfort zone, can result in initial chaos, it requires a bit of courage to move onward.
Scaling Scrum Professionally using Nexus and Visual Studio Team Services
If you have been using Scrum to develop products, you have probably found that the Scrum Guide only describes the core rules of Scrum, regardless of scale. A lot of companies want to use Scrum to work on multiple products or to develop a comprehensive product that requires multiple teams.
Enabling "Bug on the Backlog" feature for the Scrum template
TFS 2013 update 4 has been out for a few weeks now and one of it's features allows you to easily put Bug work items on the backlog. This feature is very useful for users of the MSF Agile and MSF CMMI process templates, but is not enabled for users
Agile Chair Game - Some alternate suggestions
If you've been at an Agile conference, been a Scrum Master for quite some time and joined an Agile meetup group (here in The Netherlands there are several), then you probably found that games can be very quick ways to energize any meeting and to drive learning through fun. One
Changes to the Scrum 2013.4 process template
In 2013.3 Microsoft did a number of massive changes to support Test Suites and Test Plans as work items. In 2013.4 only a few changes were made [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/10/16/visual-studio-and-tfs-2013-4-update-4-release-candidate.aspx] . There currently is no "upgrade my template" wizard, but
Presentation on Great (Agile) Teams
Last week I presented at the quarterly ArrowsGroup Agile Evangelists [http://arrowsgroup.nl/agile/] seminar in Amsterdam. I discussed the 'creation' of great agile teams. Can't really call it creation, as I'll explain in one of the first slides, teams aren't built or constructed or created out of thin air,