Category Archives: Coaching

Functional Retrospectives – requirements?

What is needed for functional retrospectives? Retro’s do not always work and sometimes it is difficult to see why. After taking part in both unsuccessful and successful retro’s I now try to list couple of things I think are required for functional retrospectives. Team You actually need a team. Not a group of individuals where

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Facilitating Team Growth

I had a pleasant experience in our last retrospective. My current team, which has been together for 7 two weeks sprints, has been successful right from the beginning. We are not yet hyperproductive, but we are a good team which has gelled properly. Despite the success we’ve had we still have a feeling that we

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Autonomy

Let’s say you have a team that is full of capable individuals who have started to bond. They are eager, wise and good workers. They have clear goal, clear stories to implement, well-formed backlog and proper tools. Is there something that can prevent them to succeed, to become a hyper-productive team? Unfortunately yes and a

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My First Training

It is true. I am going to teach Scrum and Agile to people I don’t know. How did this happen? Maybe because I wanted to and I clearly stated this at work. Maybe because I am enthusiastic about new things and spreading knowledge. I really don’ know but I am excited. Excited. I am also

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Why are we so keen on index cards?

There is a consensus that index cards are the best tool for grooming user stories. Index cards are physical, they encourage participation and are easy to handle, store and update. Index cards are good but there are situations when their usage can introduce problems. I will here address three of them. First, if an agile

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