Timeboxing the Sprint Review, Retro and Planning in a Single Day

Prep work for the Project Manager, Scrum Master or the like: Break the meeting scheduled in calendarto explicitly time box the Sprint close from the Retro (maybe two separate meetings in calendar) Have a set agenda posted along with detailed descriptions as noted below (Customize as you like as a team) for the Sprint Close... Continue Reading →

Fist of Five Voting for Team Consensus

Fist to Five is quality voting. It has the elements of consensus built in and can prepare groups to transition into consensus if they wish. Most people are accustomed to the simplicity of "yes" and "no" voting rather than the complex and more community-oriented consensus method of decision making.  This moves a group away from... Continue Reading →

If Scrum isn’t working could we try Kanban?

If your team is currently struggling in their Scrum practice, you may be ready to give up or try something else.  Kanban is becoming quite popular and I'm recently a Kanban convert so I can understand the allure especially having seen it work so fantastically for teams.  However, as a coach, it's my responsibility to... Continue Reading →

Kanban Q & A with VersionOne references

With so many teams attempting to try out Kanban for the first time, I receive tons of questions.Here are a few of the questions I've received and the answers I gave at the time.  Keep in mind that as my knowledge of Kanban grows and changes, so do my answers so keep in mind these... Continue Reading →

What does an Agile Team look like?

Thanks to some friends and colleagues at Rally for sharing this from Liz Keogh's work.This is a great tool to use when trying to assess where a team is in their agile adoption.  It be used as a guide for periodic retrospectives and even goal setting for teams looking to move to the next level... Continue Reading →

Scrum in Under 10 Minutes – HD

I've used this to share with new students and it's been the best, quickiest and most simple way to explain what Scrum is... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5k7a9YEoUI&feature=player_embedded

Kanban as an alternative to Scrum

Here's a list of sites that are good resources for Kanban instruction and introductories: Thoughts on Kanban in an Ops environment by Kevin Lawver Debate over Scrum and Kanban (link to Agile Juournal)

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