Product Owner – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
I’ve had this thought for a while now of demonstrating how can people and organizations deal with everyday situations and present an analysis of them based on my personal views, while some might find this judgmental, others may find this an interesting reflection of their behavior and explore alternatives. For the sake of the following […]
Do You need a Scrum Master?
“A good Scrum master can serve a few teams. A great Scrum Master will serve only one”. rephrasing Michael James There’s an ongoing debate on whether a team needs a full time Scrum master for the long run or not. Many teams feels that the duties of SM only fills a part of his […]
Who’s Responsible For The Daily Standup?
A Scrum Master recently asked me: What should he do if the team members don’t want to do the daily standup every day? After all, he told me, the daily stand up should happen every day, shouldn’t it? Well, first thing’s first. One thing you should know about Scrum is, that if you don’t hold […]
Hey, PO, Push That Button!
One of the worst nightmares of a plant manager or a supermarket owner is the silence that accompanies a complete halt at the production line or at the checkouts. Complete halt means nothing progressing, which means no revenue, which means no money. Which means big problems now. At Toyota, however, the philosophy is quite different. […]
Let’s talk about MVP
I have a confession to make: My name is Anat, and I was infected with the agile virus while I was a product owner.The first agile technique that made me look at the system differently was the minimum viable product (MVP). The moment I realized what it means, I asked myself: “why have I ever […]
Dealing with Technical Stories
One of the first thing they tell us about stories, is that they should be valuable. That’s what the ‘V’ in INVEST stands for: Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INVEST_(mnemonic): V – Valuable – A user story must deliver value to the end user. That suggestion usually sits quite well with business side people, which nods in agreement when they […]
Many teams feel the need to go over finished stories and update their story points in order to reflect the amount of effort needed to complete them. They general notion is that it’s a good idea to fix the original estimates in order to reflect the “true” velocity of the team. Which later on will […]
If you Want to Scale up – Use Small Stories
Much has been written about the importance of working in short cycles, and the need to cut and slice your stories to small pieces that will fit inside of a single sprint. I’m not going to repeat all this. What I would like to write about is something that might seem counter intuitive at first […]
Stop complaining and start Analyzing
While i expect this to be rare and unfamiliar to most of my readers, in some organizations there are managers that sometimes complain about teams, specifically about their productivity and quality. As an external, i often do not have the knowledge to really form an opinion about this, and as a developer i have my […]
Bugs as a Metric
We have a bug in our industry: We over glorify bugs. We love them so much, that we use them as a primary metric for quality. My take is that that is a bad idea. Bad, as in driving undesired behaviors that are misaligned with our desires to improve quality. Let’s begin with an analogy, […]