What is it with No Estimates?

“We as an industry are not able to estimate well.” Vasco Duarte When I went through my Scrum Master training a few years ago we were taught to estimate the work in the sprint planning meeting. In this case, I just did what they taught us. Recently working on an agile team I noticed we […]

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Run-of-the-mill Retrospectives

Retrospectives help find the feedback from the team. The short iterations of the team coupled with the feedback help an agile team corrects itself. If there are issues and they never surface from no retro or poorly run retro the train could come off the track. We are going to first discuss some retrospective issues […]

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Scrum Master Squabbles

The first time I tried to ride my bike without training wheels it was a struggle. I remember my older brother pushing me a few times and it ended in a crash. A few more times and I started to get the hang of it. I had a similar feeling the first time I was […]

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Backlog Bugaboos

The concept of a backlog is pretty basic. We need some means to capture all the request we receive from all our stakeholders. At my home, I have many stakeholders. The main one is my wife. She shares many things that need to do. So I add them to my backlog of tasks. Similar to […]

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Agile Team Adversity

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Barbara De Angelis I remember the first time I worked on a team trying agile. We had dreams of big changes and productivity. What resulted after training and setting up some backlogs was more chaos than […]

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User Story Struggles

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. Oprah Winfrey User stories can be challenging to get right. I remember struggling with them the first time I worked on a Scrum team. I fall in the camp of too little detail. In my waterfall days before that, I would rarely have or read the […]

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Remote worker best practices

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. Hyman Rickover As the percentage of people who occasionally or are full-time remote workers increase we need to identify best practices. Learning from others mistakes can help each of us learn how to work more effectively. Some of these will […]

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Perils of Remote Work

Along with many benefits that come with working remotely, there are also some obstacles. Let’s examine a few of them here and explore ways to remove them. We need to look at each as an opportunity to learn and change. Isolation Working from home can make you feel like your alone like Tom Hanks on […]

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Technology and Tools for Your Remote Team

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. -Confucius My father in law owns a hardware store in a small town. When my wife and I first got married I would ask for a new tool for Christmas. I started to accumulate many tools […]

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