Tag Archive | Agile

Are you a failing Scrum Master?

Are you a failing Scrum Master?

I have number of concerns with the typical view of what an effective Scrum Master looks like. This post is designed to evaluate how successful a Scrum Master is when there is more than one Scrum team, other types of teams and management involved in a project. Take a look at a number of articles around the web and you’ll find questions like […]

Avoiding Project Disasters

I’ve been spending some time thinking about how projects start recently, and looking at the ideas that are generated to create new products. So I thought I’d write a post on this to give some hints and tips on ensuring you build the right thing. Here are the two key stages that occur when starting […]

Protect the Team

“Protect the team” is part of the Scrum Masters role on a project. Please note that this post is not a discussion on the rights and wrongs of project setup. Let’s look at what this should and shouldn’t mean in practice…. The background The Scrum master is there to maximise the productivity of the team by ensuring the Scrum processes […]

Project Manager versus Scrum Master

This is a controversial topic to say the least, so I thought I’d share how I feel about it. The point I’m going to be making is as follows: If we want to change things we should stop asking how these roles are supposed to work and start asking how the structures outside of the Scrum […]

User Persona’s – Some Hints and Tips

User personas are there to help us design products for groups of people. They represent the users or customers of your product. This helps you think about how they would relate to what you’re building. How often have you seen personas created, stuck on a wall and then ignored? Here are some tips to help […]

Be Careful with Metrics

There are a lot of pitfalls with metrics, they can seem like a magic bullet to control the output of a team. Measurement is certainly useful but how you use it is critical to ensuring your projects succeed. Let’s take an example. I tell my teams that I’m measuring their success on defects raised. For […]

Happiness as a metric

I have recently come across happiness being recommended as a metric by Jeff Sutherland and being worked on by a company called Crisp. The view is that this can help an organisation improve. Rather than take this as a good thing to do on face value I thought I’d do some reading.  This post is largely […]