Articles published in 2013

Creating an Agile Road Map Using Story Mapping

Creating an Agile Road Map Using Story Mapping

We know that a prioritized backlog helps us understand what to do next, but sometimes it's difficult to grasp where we are and where we should go -- especially if we just dive into a big project that's been started, with hundreds of stories and/or issues already created. To solve these situations, I have found it very useful to manage the road map and backlog with the help of a story map.

Distributed Teams

Distributed Teams

There is a common perception that the co-located team is better positioned to ensure good communication and deliver more efficiently than distributed teams. But . . . it is interesting to note that while there are some clear challenges with having a distributed team, there can also be some advantages.

To Backlog or Not to Backlog

To Backlog or Not to Backlog

Nowadays lots of people wonder why they should build a backlog and why it should be on a real board rather than an electronic one.  Here are some thoughts I would like to share with you, and I would like to have your opinions on this matter. . . .

Introduction to Scrum

Introduction to Scrum

The following "Introduction to Scrum" is my open presentation on the basics of Scrum for beginners. . . .

5 Traps to Avoid in Daily Scrum/Stand-up Meetings

5 Traps to Avoid in Daily Scrum/Stand-up Meetings

One of the interesting and most useful practices is the daily Scrum/stand-up meeting held by an Agile team, when the ScrumMaster supports collaboration among the team members. However, there are some typical traps that Agile teams fall into. Here are the ones to avoid.

4 Strategic Steps to Optimize the Value of the Timebox

4 Strategic Steps to Optimize the Value of the Timebox

Life is a series of timeboxes. The timebox is not time. The timebox is an objective mapping to a time frame. It's not about productivity. It's about living purposefully. The value of the timebox is the value of life. Strategically, there are four steps to optimize value of the timebox. . . .

But That Trick Never Works!

But That Trick Never Works!

I believe in being pragmatic. I don't so much see Scrum as a set of rules but rather as guidelines. In short, I like to do things because they make sense. . . .

Public Bid Fixed-Price Contracts and Agile

Public Bid Fixed-Price Contracts and Agile

In public bids, you need to commit to fixed time, scope, and cost. This commitment, at its best at this stage, is a mere guess! A guess that wouldn’t stand long as change floods the project once it starts. . . .

Simple Arguments for Scrum to Support Sales People

Simple Arguments for Scrum to Support Sales People

In presentations but also negotiations about booking Scrum teams, I like the following visualization. It shows in the most simple way the advantages of using Scrum compared to traditional approaches. . . .

Delivering Epics

Delivering Epics

As a product developer and ScrumMaster, you will eventually encounter those product owners who believe that the epics they initially created carry value as a whole. They will tell you that a story breakdown is great if it's working for the team, but they want you to deliver epics, not stories, for a release. . . .

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