Changing Up Your Stand-Up When it Becomes a Status Update

We learn in Scrum to facilitate the daily stand-up having each person answer three questions:   What did you do yesterday to contribute to the iteration goal? What do you plan on doing today to contribute to the iteration goal? Is there anything blocking you from starting or finishing your work today?   Sometimes, we find that teams run into a pattern where it feels a little more like a status meeting and less of…

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Features and Stories-Using the Stairs Concept in Your PI

When I work with new teams on an ART, I go over the concept of working like stairs on getting features done in a PI along with stories in an iteration. In this blog, I am going to focus more on the feature like stairs concept and how teams should focus on getting features done within their PI. The goal is to work on features in the order of priority within the PI. Think of…

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Agile in Education at 2016 Orlando Scrum Gathering

I volunteered at the 2016 Scrum Alliance Orlando Scrum Gathering last week. It was an awesome experience to work with such a great group of people and meet new ones throughout the days. I had the pleasure finally meeting John Miller from Agile Classrooms in person along with Willy Wijnands from EduScrum based in the Netherands at the conference.  The most interesting part of the conference was agile in education. As I have blogged before,…

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Virtual Lean Coffee using Lean Coffee Table Online Tool

I host local lean coffees here through Tampa Bay Agile at two Panera Bread locations on Fridays. One of the other hosts at another location shared this handy tool for hosting a virtual lean coffee. It is called Lean Coffee Table. My current engagement involves with remote and distributed teams. I thought we would try it out Lean Coffee Table during one of the team retrospectives. We are always looking to fill our toolbox with…

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Agile Game Night Kick-Off: Trust, Creativity and Decisions

This week was the kick-off to the new series through the Tampa Bay Agile community called Agile Games Night.  The goal of having the Agile Games Night series is the following: Provide games that cater to particular areas of focus or topics that the community can learn Learn the techniques to create games for team building, group collaboration, training and other needs that keep people engaged and active throughout the sessions Provide a safe environment…

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