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When Should You Start a Sprint? When Should You Finish?

Starting. It’s on all of our minds as we work through the first week of the new year. The concept of starting brings to mind one of the most frequently asked questions I receive when I am both training and coaching. When should you start a Sprint? And, the question’s inevitable counterpart, when should you finish a Sprint? Read More

Reawakening Retros: Good Habits Versus Bad Routines

“We had a few good Retrospectives, but they stopped working;” “I don’t know what the point of this is anymore;” “Maybe this Retro thing was a good idea once, but we need to try something else.” “Can we just finish this so we can get back to work?” These are the kinds of things we say when a repeating process like Team Retrospectives, that used to work or maybe seemed to work once, has stopped feeling useful. Read More

The Twelve Days of Scrum

In the spirit of the holiday season, the 3Back Scrum Singers presents to you, “The Twelve Days of Scrum.” Feel free to sing along. Read More

4 Scrum Stories We Can’t Get Enough Of

Who doesn’t love a good story? Writing a good Story is a critical, and somewhat challenging, component to the Agile process. To further assist you in your quest for good Story writing, we’ve identified 4 categories of Scrum Stories to keep in mind as you write away. Read More

The Dangers of Hybridized Agile

A few weeks ago, an ad caught our 3Back eye. The ad, promoting an upcoming webinar, made a claim that the best approach to solving all of your Organization’s Agile process needs is to pick and choose from a multitude of scaling frameworks, put them all together, and design your own Agile framework potpourri. This “Kitchen Sink” approach to Agile is what we call Hybridized Agile. And it’s dangerous. Very dangerous. Read More

The One Thing Your Professional Development Might Be Missing

As Agility Instructors and Coaches, we find ourselves in many different learning situations. Each of these learning situations brings participants with varying needs and perceptions about their upcoming training. We frequently encounter participants who feel they have been “sent to training as punishment.” Understandably, their attitude in the classroom reflects these feelings.These participants are resentful of their “forced” attendance, and grumble through training closed off to the possibility of acquiring new skills, expanding their knowledge base, and improving their performance. A missed opportunity... Read More

Why Agile Work Is Opportunity-Directed

One of my favorite Agile/Scrum discussion topics centers around the Agile Manifesto’s 10th principle, Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. Whether the discussion arises in a classroom training, a private coaching session, or a conference of Scrum Thought Leaders, the discussion surrounding ‘work not done’ is always a rich one. Many questions emerge, such as... Read More

Leading A Team From The I-Stage To The We-Stage

Teams, like people, grow through developmental stages. I would like to focus on one of the key challenges a Team faces: moving from the I-Stage (where everybody is focused on personal knowledge and expertise) to the We-Stage (where the group becomes a genuine Team that is synergizing their collective abilities). Read More