Retrospectives – a waste of time in meetings? Too much investment of time with too little valuable outcome? A little thought experiment shows clearly that it’s worth investing in retrospectives.
Author Archives: Bernd Schiffer
In this post, I’ll clarify the intent behind the Sprint Review. It’s not about applause or reports. It’s a feedback gathering event which has to be properly prepared. Here are 17 questions and 8 techniques on the what and how to … Continue reading
Dear Lean Kanban Aficionado, With any luck there’s a conference coming up later this year: Lean Kanban Australia/New Zealand, or LKANZ if you like, (pronounced el-cance, rimes with bell dance). It’s the southern hemisphere extension of the famous Lean Kanban … Continue reading
Scrum Australia 2013 in Sydney was my first Agile conference in Australia. And what a good event it was! Here are a few things I liked:
Assume a perfect Scrum implementation. All artefacts, all meetings, all roles, and all rules are in place. If you were changing only one of the essential elements of Scrum, would you still call the remainder Scrum?
My Agile Onion (in a bottling jar) Whenever I give an overview of Agile, e.g., in classes or to clients, I use an onion to describe it. My Agile Onion consists of a core, has two layers, and it rests … Continue reading
It’s all about inspiration! A few decades ago, writer and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to … Continue reading
Kanban Values by Mike Burrows Once there was this day when I almost attacked a manager with hot coffee. I had booth duty at a conference in 2009, and a manager came by and asked about Kanban. I grabbed my … Continue reading
Code Retreat at the GDCR in Melbourne I was at the Global Day of Code Retreat (GDCR) event in Melbourne on 8 Dec 2012. A code retreat is a great way for software developers to practice their coding skills. Since … Continue reading
Agile Teams within Organisations – An Organisation’s View My colleagues and I, we work as Agile coaches. Every now and then new clients invite us to take a look at their Agile teams. These clients typically introduced Agile software development … Continue reading