Category: Agile Topics

Agile Topics The Ideal Backlog

The Ideal Backlog

One aspect of agile working that people are often unclear about is what makes a good backlog. Two of the artefacts in Scrum are backlogs – the product backlog and the sprint backlog.  The Scrum guide gives us some information about how we go about creating a sprint backlog but doesn’t say much about the …

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Agile Topics Top tips for effective stand-ups

Top tips for effective stand-ups

One of the most common problems I come across as an Agile Coach and Trainer, is ineffective stand-ups. They can very easily become a daily drudgery meeting where people just answer those three questions, almost without thinking… I did this yesterday.. I’m doing this today.. No blockers.. (or) The same blockers as yesterday.. Another common problem …

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Agile Topics A second look at the Agile Manifesto

A second look at the Agile Manifesto

A first look at the manifesto tends to focus on the values: individuals and interactions over processes and tools working software over comprehensive documentation customer collaboration over contract negotiation responding to change over following a plan But taking a second look at the manifesto can reveal some interesting and useful insights, that might just help …

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