Category Archives: Scrum

Boring retrospectives – part 7 : Role swapping

People picture themselves doing your job, and I bet you do the same. If I were a tester on this project, I would do things differently. In many cases, you even have ideas to do the job better.  Whether or

Boring retrospectives – part 7 : Role swapping

People picture themselves doing your job, and I bet you do the same. If I were a tester on this project, I would do things differently. In many cases, you even have ideas to do the job better.  Whether or

How to prepare for a daily standup

The daily standup has become a routine in the lives of many people in software development. 78% of all agile teams hold daily standups, according to the 2011 State of Agile Development Survey from VersionOne. Each day, at a specific time, teams gather

How to prepare for a daily standup

The daily standup has become a routine in the lives of many people in software development. 78% of all agile teams hold daily standups, according to the 2011 State of Agile Development Survey from VersionOne. Each day, at a specific time, teams gather

Boring retrospectives – part 6 : Storming Group Facilitation

(Tuckman’s Group Development Model) Every new team goes through a storming phase. These are times when nerves are tight and you can feel the tension in the air.  As a retrospective facilitator, it is important to recognize this and plan

Boring retrospectives – part 6 : Storming Group Facilitation

(Tuckman’s Group Development Model) Every new team goes through a storming phase. These are times when nerves are tight and you can feel the tension in the air.  As a retrospective facilitator, it is important to recognize this and plan

A retrospective check-in exercise

I often use a check-in exercise at the beginning of a retrospective.  In my opinion, it’s not a good idea to jump immediately into the search for improvements.  No, we all need to warm up, clear our mind and prepare

A retrospective check-in exercise

I often use a check-in exercise at the beginning of a retrospective.  In my opinion, it’s not a good idea to jump immediately into the search for improvements.  No, we all need to warm up, clear our mind and prepare

Agile Retrospectives Anti-Patterns

During our XP2011 tutorial, Pat and me facilitated a fishbowl, followed by a brainwriting exercise. Because we needed a subject we could all relate to, we decided to discuss retrospective anti-patterns during the fishbowl. I recorded each anti-pattern that was

Agile Retrospectives Anti-Patterns

During our XP2011 tutorial, Pat and me facilitated a fishbowl, followed by a brainwriting exercise. Because we needed a subject we could all relate to, we decided to discuss retrospective anti-patterns during the fishbowl. I recorded each anti-pattern that was

An iteration gone astray

Imagine this situation. You’re in the middle of an iteration and your burn down chart shows that at the current pace, your team is not going to finish all that was planned. In most organizations, this means talking to senior

An iteration gone astray

Imagine this situation. You’re in the middle of an iteration and your burn down chart shows that at the current pace, your team is not going to finish all that was planned. In most organizations, this means talking to senior

No place to hang up a taskboard?

One thing I insist on doing with every team is using a physical task board. I like to visualize work to understand the flow and spot bottlenecks and impediments. Plus, it makes it easier to hold a daily stand-up meeting.  You

No place to hang up a taskboard?

One thing I insist on doing with every team is using a physical task board. I like to visualize work to understand the flow and spot bottlenecks and impediments. Plus, it makes it easier to hold a daily stand-up meeting.  You