September 21, 2019

These are 5 mistakes I have seen many times and of course, I've made them myself in different magnitudes and variations. So what I'm trying with this article is first to remind myself what I believe I must avoid doing and maybe help others from doing the same.

1. W...

January 9, 2019

Which PBIs (Product Backlog Items) should we estimate and which not? Should we estimate everything in story points or not? I will try to explain in this article why some of the PBIs should not be estimated using story points but rather in different ways for the benefit...

December 7, 2018

New scrum teams or sometimes even experienced, have difficulties on how to split and work on the product backlog items (PBIs) during the sprint . Is this article I will try to highlight the importance of reducing the work in progress to a workable minimum.

Work In Progr...

February 25, 2018

In this article I will try to explain shortly why every agile team should try to minimize the delay of starting the code review. 

As you probably know, delivering a user story in a sprint requires several steps. Usually in scrum, these stories are visualised using a boa...

January 8, 2018

How many times we hear the phrase "self-organized" teams when the discussion is about Agile?

I bet a lot. In this article I want to highlight another aspect which may be not be clear of this common phrase. The aspect is how much autonomy the team has?

What does self...

November 3, 2017

This article is about ways that we can use to communicate the progress of deliverable items and the meaning of those to the stakeholders and teams.

In the "old" world, there were technical tasks written strictly for developers and technical managers only to understand....

July 16, 2017

In this article I will try to explain why closely related stories and tasks, selected for a sprint, form a good sprint goal.

What do we mean by sprint goal?

Sprint goal is set by the scrum team. It means selecting the stories and tasks for the next sprint to impleme...

March 11, 2017

Why Retrospective is the most important tool?

In this post I will not talk about how to do retrospectives. I think there are plenty of articles and books which describe dozens of ways to do team retrospectives.

Where I want to focus, is the reasons about why every softwa...

March 8, 2017

What do we mean when we say dependencies? 

Probably you already know that a project/product could be developed by many teams and not from one. Actually in most of the cases this is necessary because a small team limited to 9 people max (scrum guide), may not be able to...

January 21, 2017

What is a tech lead?

"Leading a development team is no easy task. An effective Tech Lead establishes a technical vision with the development team and works with developers to turn it into reality. Along the way, a Tech Lead takes on traits that other roles may have, suc...

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