Scrum

Creating a Product Backlog Treemap

Product Backlogs are boring. Not only are they one dimensional, but they are often unordered. This is to say nothing of their potential lack of information as well. (User) story...

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Scrum in a Nutshell

At the beginning of a Sprint, the Product Owner presents an ordered and up-to-date Product Backlog to the Development Team. The Development Team selects an achievable set of the highest...

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What’s our Sprint Goal?

According to the Scrum Guide, the Sprint Goal is an objective set for the Sprint that can be met through the implementation of Product Backlog. It provides guidance to the Development...

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Energizers

An energizer is something that imparts energy, vitality, or spirit to other people. Energizer activities are important in classroom training environments - especially right after a large lunch. Here is...

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Room configuration for team-based training

When planning a team-based training event, please consider the room configuration. Having a comfortable table and chair arrangement will go a long ways towards a positive learning experience. Round or square...

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Should our team use Scrum?

As a travelling Scrum and DevOps consultant I’m constantly asked “should our team use Scrum”? Now you might think that being a Professional Scrum Trainer – and serious Scrum fanboy...

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Which tests are my regression tests?

Although we can't help you decide which tests should be part of your regression suite, we can help you easily identify them by using tags. Over the years, we've seen...

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Create a Professional Scrum process

Visual Studio Team Services' customization capabilities are to a point now where I can write this blog post ... as a rebuttal to any earlier post of my own. As...

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Ordering the Product Backlog by ROI

The Scrum Guide says that the Product Owner is the sole person responsible for managing the Product Backlog and that Product Backlog management includes ordering items in the Product Backlog...

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Stakeholder Traceroute

I'm always amazed at how difficult and even impossible it can be for stakeholders to get their ideas into some product backlogs. I've started asking teams to run a stakeholder...

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