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WHAT…The Product Owner ISN’T The Customer

April 15, 2009

So it appears I may have been doing the right thing wrong all this time…Scrum talks about a Product Owner role and I’ve always had teams setup so the the customer (one or more actual people) fulfils this role. Recent discussions on the Scrum mailing list seem to say this isn’t the case. Personally I’d […]

Scrum of Scrums

April 8, 2009

So recently I heard of a team that is using Scrum and their manager had decided to have a “Person of the Iteration” award for the person that completes the most points in a Iteration. I think this totally misses the point of Agile being a team of people working together to get as much […]

Software Development is a Team Sport

April 8, 2009

So recently I heard of a team that is using Scrum and their manager had decided to have a “Person of the Iteration” award for the person that completes the most points in a Iteration. I think this totally misses the point of Agile being a team of people working together to get as much […]

Scrum & Kanban – Compare and Contrast

April 8, 2009

Henrik Kniberg has put together a good article on the similarities and differences of Scrum & Kanban here: http://blog.crisp.se/henrikkniberg/2009/04/03/1238795520000.html On the whole a pretty good article. I don’t fully agree with the section that talks about using estimates if you need predictability. Estimates are simply a prediction of the future but real predictability comes from […]

Eggs With Your Bacon Sandwich? Systems Thinking Stand-ups

February 27, 2009

One of the things in Scrum I’ve always struggled to come to terms with is the concept of Chickens and Pigs. For those of you in the dark this relates to who is involved in the stand-ups err..Daily Scrums. It relates back to an anecdote about a Chicken and Pig working out how they setup […]

Agile Is Easy

June 9, 2008

We’ve currently got some .NET Agile zealots developers in our office doing some work and last week we had a prospective client come down to see the team in action. The engineering practices in Agile (Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development, Pair Programming) aren’t the easy thing to do well and seeing our team doing it […]

Priority Tokens

March 25, 2008

I met up with Karl Scotland just before Easter for a chat about our experiences with Kanban systems and whilst reviewing his information radiator we talked about the idea of having numbered priority tokens for each of the WIP limit slots as a way of keeping teams focussed on priority, even for the work actually […]