The 1000 students challenge (2)

In May of last year I was able to run my first Pay It Forward Scrum Training at the University of Bern in Switzerland. I had blogged about this event there:  The 1000 Students ChallengeLast week-end I had the chance to do the second run at the University of Applied...

Cross-Functionality in Scrum

Scrum recommends that a team should feature all the skills required in order to deliver the releasable product increment by the end of the Sprint. Why is it a good thing to have all the skills needed? It is all about dependencies. We try to design our software systems to be loosely coupled and highly cohesive. The...

The Weight of the Christmas Cake

At my daughters school they organize a charity event every year. There are all kinds of different foods, games and lotteries were you can spent money for the good cause. Since it is a british school the mandatory guessing of the Christmas cake weight must not be forgotten. In Agile...

Agile A3 Sprint Report

I really enjoy working with A3 Reports. They have the habit of making you to distill out the crucial information, to really drill down.There are different kinds of A3 reports. The book 'Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's PDCA Management System’ describes three different report types. Problem-, Proposal-, and...

The right Sprint Length

In order to keep the blog short here is the answer:     Let the Development Team decideIf you are curious why this is the answer then keep on reading.Again and again, I hear from outsiders that we should extend our Sprint length. Usually, I like to work with two weeks....

Scrum is Open for Extension and Modification

Today, Scrum.org and Scrum Inc. are announcing a formal model for modifying and extending Scrum. Scrum's creators, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, are inviting practitioners from around the world to contribute to Scrum's future.Scrum was first developed 15+ years ago, and it has been evolving and adapting ever since. Informed by their experiences...

Capacity: Help with Excel

For every Sprint Planning the capacity, the hours available for the team is an important ingredient. Usually, this is rather straight forward and easy to do. At my current project we have two teams. Each team is cross-functional, i.e. being able to deliver a piece of done software. However, in...

The 1000 Students Challenge

I've been doing agile coaching and consulting since 2003. First internally, later external working for various consulting organizations all over the globe. Well, one of my key experiences was, that before being able to teach agile, the mind needs to be freed from old school thinking. Think about a major...

Scrum.org Trainer Meeting in Boston

On March 14th and 15th Scrum.org had organized a get together for their trainers. On the agenda were several topics. The most prominent was to start updating the existing PSM material. Scrum.org added two new trainings. PSTM (Professional Scrum Team Member) and PSPO (Professional Scrum Product Owner). The PSTM is...