Business and technology requirements leveled

How to balance business and technology requirements in a product backlog to build a successful product in long-term. A product ownership is hard stuff. Very often you feel a schizophrenia. Often you play for a customer, but later, suddenly, you have to protect your team. Sometimes you are pushed by the business, later by [...]

When to accept user story

When is the best to accept user story which is finished and who should accept them? In our Agile and Scrum Fundamentals training, people are (surprisingly) surprised when we present our approach of the acceptance of finished work. At the begging we often observe disagreements, but after few minutes of an explanation why we found [...]

The checklist for your daily standup, part IV.- People & Company

This article is the continuation of The Daily Stand-up Checklist for ScrumMasters, part III. The aim of this series of articles is to help ScrumMasters to prepare better for daily stand-up so it is efficient, productive and engaging. These tips are based on our observation of 100+ agile teams in their agile transformations. Daily standup and People Sickness? Vacation? ScrumMaster [...]

Daily stand-up checklist, part III. – Agreements, Definitions of Done & Ready

This article is the continuation of The Daily Stand-up Checklist for ScrumMasters, part II. The aim of this series of articles is to help ScrumMasters to prepare better for daily stand-up so it is efficient, productive and engaging. These tips are based on our observation of 100+ agile teams in their agile transformations. Agreements To get things working fast, regular [...]

The checklist for your daily standup, part II.

This article is the continuation of The Daily Stand-up Checklist for ScrumMasters, part I. The aim of this series of articles is to help ScrumMasters to prepare better for daily stand-up so it is efficient, productive and engaging. These tips are based on our observation of 100+ agile teams in their agile transformations. In the first part, we covered [...]

The checklist for your daily standups, part I.

The daily standup meeting is a fundamental ceremony in Scrum. Even if you do not follow Scrum, it has a huge impact due to the transparency it brings. Most of the Agile teams and ScrumMasters think the daily standup ceremony is the easiest part of Scrum. Well, should it brings you a value, you want to do [...]

10 ScrumMaster’s failures

We see ScrumMasters fail very often while supporting agile teams in their agile transformations. Based on stories of more than one hundred of ScrumMasters we think that following 10 ScrumMaster's failures are the top most important for agile teams. 1. Because of Agile People do not care about Agile or Scrum. They want a [...]

Agile Estimation: Reference stories

In the first part about agile estimation, we explained fundamental principles of the estimation. Now it is time to think how to implement them in real life. Reference stories For estimation, we will need to have 'the catalog of references' so we can compare all new requirements fast & accurate enough. In our first post, we [...]

Agile Estimation: Principles

An estimation has been questioned in software development for many years. How to estimate accurately & fast? And, is an estimation even necessary? Well, that is the question for thousands of bucks. Because estimation might be expensive. Especially in the age of changes. Time as an estimation unit is wrong! In our agile training, [...]

How to build product: Let’s start with the business

Agile development works very well in product development area. But to build a successful product is much more work than just gather requirements and implement them.  One of the trickiest thing in agile development is how to prepare requirements that are ready for incremental development while still delivering some value for the customers. Businesses [...]

How to prioritize in Agile II.: Business value prioritization

The first blog post about prioritization was focused on MoSCoW - prioritization of the backlog from the perspective of customers. This is not enough for the commercial company. You need to survive, to pay bills, to pay the next sprints. You have to think about features from the perspective of the company as well. Business perspective This [...]

How to prioritize in Agile I.: Customer’s perspective with MoSCoW

Prioritization is probably the most discussed part of development processes. Product backlogs are often quite complex with hundreds of requirements. How to find user stories in your story map which you should start developing first? Traditional approach The approach of traditional processes is simple. You have high, medium, low priorities. Ok, for some organizations [...]

How To: Business Model and the Product Strategy

Agile works very well in the product-oriented environment. It’s understandable, as Agile Manifesto as a key document of whole Agile stresses the functional product as one of the most important values. When implementing agile practices, Product development is very often reduced to: Description of responsibilities for Product Owner role, Request recording, Maintenance of backlogs, and, [...]

Webinar: Traditional versus Agile Management

Traditional versus Agile management is fundamentally different in the core principles. This webinar (in Slovak language) summarizes fundamental agile principles: Pull principle, a team pulls requirements and tasks to implement them. As late as possible, details are added as late as possible to do not produce waste working on features that will be removed [...]

ScrumDesk. Back to the Agile roots. Forward to Web.

Back to the Agile roots ScrumDesk is for Windows. Yes, with Desktop edition until now. But not anymore. Because ScrumDesk Start edition will be born officially soon. When we were discussing ScrumDesk history, the development of product backlog since 2007,  the world of Agile and changes of technologies in the last six years, it was much clearer [...]

Daily Stand-up IV. Scrum Master and scrumastership

ScrumMaster is baking the daily bread on the daily stand-up. During these meetings his abilities and knowledge are uncovered. There is a possibility to pick up some useful information about the Scrum Mastership during the certification or specialized trainings but only trough real experience can you gain the deeper insight into the nature of [...]

Scrum and Agile tips

  The suggestions for this week are as follow: The article on importance of modeling in Agile times, especially when development is built on multiple teams and shared understanding  https://www.infoq.com/news/2013/10/retrospectives-personal-improve 40 minutes long talk about the correlation between a safety and success of agile methods, what to do towards the change of organizational culture [...]

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Daily Stand-up forgot the rules!

Although Agile looks chaotic in practice at first glance, good agile teams take heed to the rules agreed upon in a team. Rules for the daily stand-up Rules for the daily stand-up should cover the following: Where will be the stand-up held? What time does the stand-up start? What is the duration of the [...]

Daily Stand-up done well II.

We approached the reasons for the regular meetings of the team in the first post. Another issue ScumMaster should consider is where the daily stand-up would be held. This topic is obviously more important for the non-distributed teams. The stand-up that has taken place without any changes in a team room is the common mistake [...]

Daily Stand-up done well I.

Daily stand-up is an essential Scrum ceremony which is (luckily) often applied without any further official formalization, especially in small companies where cooperation is still based on conversation. Suddenly these meetings turn down in intensity after several months. During our coaching, many people argue it is waste of time. Why is it so? To [...]

James Heidema, Agile for sales & nont-IT teams workshop

IT companies apply agile principles and methods to intensify the speed of delivery and its cadence while increasing the business value delivered to customers. But can be agile implemented in non-IT company as well?  The answer is yes. Agile is about principles, not technologies. It comes from industry and it has been adopted to [...]

Certified Product Owner course in Bratislava by Robin Dymond

The next event in our Become Agile Leader serie is certification of product owners that will be provided by Robin Dymond. The course will be held in Bratislava (Slovakia) on May 7-8th. About course In this two-day class we cover your role in creating a successful product using Scrum. The Product Owner creates the [...]

Certified Scrum Master course in Bratislava on May 13th

Bratislava, Slovakia 13 May 2013 (till 14 May 2013)  Join our highly-interactive two-day class from the Agile Eastern Europe leader - Alexey Krivitsky. Alexey has been mastering Scrum from 2004 as a ScrumMaster, an Agile Coach, and a Certified Scrum Trainer. Now he is a managing partner of SCRUMguides and Agile Eastern Europe Conference. Register Get ready [...]

The book: Who is Agile?

As Agile is spreading more and more in the field, there is bigger opportunity you can meet people who are involved in Agile for many years already. We at ScrumDesk appreciate a new project that help you to recognize: who is who, what the story is behind that person, how can be given person helpful to [...]

Free webinar: Agile on their own for Russian speaking customers

We see a lot of people in Europe eager to know more about Agile. We see people who would like to know what does it mean to be agile, how to start with it and how to evolve into agile company. ScrumDesk company actively supports agile transition in Central and Eastern Europe region therefore we [...]