Reinvigorate Your Organization With Fresh Eyes Through Scrum
Reinvigorate Your Organization With Fresh Eyes Through Scrum Before you read: The following is a generalized description of problems I…
Scrum as Superhero
Once upon a time, there was a company. A large, multi-layered organization ordered with the task of developing and launching new software. And not just any software. Complex software, unlike anything the organization or the public at large had seen, or used, before. The new software carried with it a set-in-stone launch deadline. The pressure was immediately on to go live. And not just go live in one small testing site; rather, to roll out the software and go live everywhere at the same time…
To Build Trust, Risk Being Candid
Search Google Books on trust and candor and the first listings you’ll get are business examples. Why? Because for a Team to respond agilely, we need to be candid with each other and have a basic trust in each other. Naturally, we’ve all experienced being on a Team where this wasn’t the case, and our whole Team was held back as a result.
The PO and SM: A Match Made in Agile
Every year as the middle of February approaches, our world is taken over by little red hearts, cherubic cupids hoisting arrows and foil wrapped drugstore chocolates. The heavily scented fragrance of Valentine’s Day is in the air. For us at 3Back, even though the holiday has come and gone, our thoughts turn to partnerships that stand the test of time; a Scrummy yin and yang where complementary forces interact to create something great. We think we found it.
What Football Teaches Us About Scrum Teams
Even if you think that a “Fair Catch” has something to do with a summer carnival fishing tournament and a “Flea Flicker” can be eradicated with a dog collar, there are two things that all football and non-football fans know: The crazy intensity of the championship football season is among us. And, the only football teams that prove themselves worthy of achieving this level of greatness are the ones that are the epitome of a Well-Formed Team.™
SHHHHH!!! 5 Ways to Quiet Organizational Noise
Throughout our day, we experience an inordinate amount of noise. Whether it’s the garbage truck barreling down our road at 5 am, the dog that excitedly greets every passerby or the co-worker’s emphatic phone conversations on the other side of the paper-thin cubicle wall, noise is everywhere.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Using 2 Essential Forms of Feedback Can Maximize Your Sprint Review
Very often, Teams short-change themselves by not recognizing and applying two simple forms of feedback to get the most out of the Sprint Review. Make the outcome of the Sprint Review worthwhile…