Category Archives: roles

Scenario-based learning

At this month’s meetup we tried something new: allowing people to learn by putting them in a simulation of a Scrum event. That is, we created a daily stand-up and retrospective using ‘actors’, then asked participants to jump in if they thought they could do a better job at facilitating. Preparation Ahead of the session,… Read More »

Contracting

When coaches start a new coaching engagement with an individual, it is usual for them to agree how they will work together. This is referred to as contracting. You will note that this is a verb (as in “to settle or establish by agreement”), rather than a noun (as in “the written form of such… Read More »

Dual-track agile

I often get asked how researchers and designers are meant to synchronise with the development team. Split-team agile (aka mini-waterfall) “Is it okay to have research and design running one sprint ahead of the build team?”   Their suggestion is that we split the team in two: sub-team A (usually researchers and/or designers) and sub-team… Read More »

Nexus

As per my previous post on SAFe, if you have multiple teams working on individual products with minimal dependencies, then I don’t think you should worry about scaling; multiple independent Scrum teams can work harmoniously alongside each other just fine. However, some organisations believe they need multiple teams working on the same thing. They then… Read More »

Scrum Guide changes

In November 2017, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland presented their revisions to The Scrum Guide™. The recording of the webinar is available on Vimeo. It is just over 55 minutes long. Here is a summary of the major changes: 1) Uses of Scrum The new Guide now has an additional section titled ‘Uses of Scrum’… Read More »

Role mapping

We all know that “Individuals and interactions” are important. I believe that getting explicit agreement on how the team will work together is fundamental to a happy and performing team. One exercise I have run in various orgs, from fashion retailers to hospitals, is a simple mapping of roles but is highly effective. How it works… Read More »