Category Archives: terminology

How to work like a startup

Following on from last week’s ‘What is an entrepreneur?‘ post, I thought we’d look at how to act like a startup. If you remember, a team had asked me to help them think differently. They were stuck in a rut (building something that they weren’t sure was going to solve the most important problem) and… Read More »

NEW estimating and forecasting workshop

As regulars will know, we have been discussing estimating and forecasting quite a lot over the last few years. There are some marvellous books out there but one thing we found absent was a straightforward, practical review of the various techniques used for estimation and forecasting. So, we decided to build a hands-on, exercise-based workshop.… Read More »

Supervision

As coaches, we sometimes end up ploughing a lone furrow in our attempts to help individuals, teams and organisations to develop and improve. Speaking from experience, this isolation can be a little unnerving and often frustrating. The thoughts that have previously entered my mind include: Am I using the right approach? What could I have… Read More »

Sprint Reports

If I mentioned a ‘Sprint Report’ to most teams, I’d expect a response along the lines of: A report on what we did in the Sprint? That sounds a bit over the top, doesn’t it?! You’ll be suggesting I do a Gantt chart next! Although I’d prefer something tangible for users to get their hands on… Read More »

Portfolio Kanban and Prioritising with Cost of Delay

Portfolio Kanban is exactly what it sounds like – applying the Kanban Method to manage work at portfolio level. Essentially, creating a system to manage options: epics, projects or any work at a level where it hasn’t been decomposed by a delivery team for implementation. There isn’t a huge amount of reference material out there specifically… Read More »

The origins of Scrum

This week’s blog post is based on a chapter from our book, Scrum 101: the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum, which is available to buy for $12.60.   The ‘rugby approach’ was first described by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka in a Harvard Business Review article in 1986 titled ‘The New New Product Development… Read More »

Changes to The Scrum Guide

This week’s blog post is an excerpt from our newly released book, Scrum 101:the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum, which is available on LeanPub.   There are five Scrum values: Commitment The Scrum Guide™ requires that “People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team.” This means that everyone in the… Read More »