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Brainwriting with an Ideation Template

Brainwriting with an Ideation Template

The Problem with Brainstorming How many times have you entered a brainstorm where everyone tries to talk over each other?  Or someone’s over-dominating the conversation and noone else gets a chance to air their views? Brainwriting as an Alternative to Brainstorming Consider using this brainwriting technique (as opposed to “brainstorming”). …

10 Daily Scrum Ideas – Different Questions to Ask

10 Daily Scrum Ideas – Different Questions to Ask

What is the Daily Scrum? The Daily Scrum is a 10-15 daily meeting. It is attended by the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and members of the Team.  Others are also welcome. What Questions are Asked? Three Questions are asked of each Team member What did I do yesterday? What will …

A Useful Sprint Review Format

A Useful Sprint Review Format

What is a Sprint Review? A Sprint Review is a short (0.5 – 1 hour) meeting at the end of a sprint. It speaks to the questions of: What value have we delivered? What feedback do our stakeholders have? What’s coming up? Why is a Good Structure Needed? Because people …

Why Use Story Points for Estimating

Why Use Story Points for Estimating

The Backstory At a recent sprint planning session with a new Agile team, one of our team members asked why wouldn’t we use time estimates, as opposed to story points?   The answer is they serve different purposes.  Story points aren’t time estimates.  They are actually relative measures of complexity between …

How to Experience Agile in an Hour

How to Experience Agile in an Hour

Agile in 60 minutes It was a pleasure to be invited to give a presentation to the team at Potentia, to help refresh and reinforce their understanding of Agile.  We had a time-box of 60 minutes.  Rather than deliver the presentation lecture style, we got deep into some experiential learning …

​In Sprint Planning, How Do You Prioritise the Requirements in the Backlog?

​In Sprint Planning, How Do You Prioritise the Requirements in the Backlog?

This is a re-post of an article first published on DZone. Background Having worked with many Agile teams, I find that every team has a slightly different approach to prioritisation, and some teams are better at it than others.  I’ve recently observed a sprint planning session where a team couldn’t …

Print Your Own Planning Poker Cards (Fibonacci & T-Shirt Sizes)

Print Your Own Planning Poker Cards (Fibonacci & T-Shirt Sizes)

What is Planning Poker? Planning Poker is a group estimation technique, that allows you to quickly identifies gaps in understanding.  It facilitates healthy discussion, and avoids team members influencing each other’s estimates. How to Play Planning Poker Each team member has a deck of poker cards (or pre-written post-its) The Product …

Creating a Prioritisation Agreement

Creating a Prioritisation Agreement

What is a Prioritisation Agreement This is one of the activities we did as a part of a project inception.  There was strong reason to do this because we had a team where individuals came together from different parts of a business, each with their own KPIs and only a …