Netherlands biggest interest in Scrum worldwide

How interested are people in Scrum? Is it´s popularity growing or declining? What about the interest in Agile or DevOps? A few days ago I stumbled ...

The power of habit – executing tasks automatically

A habit is something that you do often and regularly, sometimes without even knowing that you are doing it. The great thing about habits is that you ...

Will Power – Discipline can be trained

Will power, or you can also call it discipline, is the ability to control yourself. The interesting thing about will power is that it behaves like a ...

Nexus – the scaling Scrum framework

Nexus is a framework, which builds on top of the scrum framework and is designed for scaling. It focuses on solving cross-team dependencies and ...

Scrum values – new section in scrum guide

The scrum guide, the official description of the scrum working methodology, has been recently extended with a new section: the scrum values. Before ...

Acceptance criteria – an easy way of defining scope

Acceptance criteria are a straight-forward way of describing, what needs to be in place before a task can be marked as done. You might have ...

Hackathon

You have great ideas, but there is no time nor money to work on those? Then a Hackathon might be exactly, what can help you to get those ideas ...

Scrum does not work for us

Coming up with a good estimation for a complex task is possible - even if you don't know the possible options to complete a task.

Sprint Goal – Boost productivity by defining focus

Defining a sprint goal in the planning meeting helps to keep the team focused during the sprint and also facilitates collaboration within the team.

Can you plan for operational work?

Planning operational work is difficult, because you don't know at the time of planning, what and how many operational tasks you have to work on in ...

Definition of story points

Story points are all about effort and only about effort. A story point has nothing to do with complexity or uncertainty of a user story.

Core Scrum CHECKLIST – Doing real scrum?

The core scrum checklist is a great and easy way to determine whether you are doing real scrum.

Traditional vs empirical process

What are the differences when you implement a project using the traditional approach vs an empirical way of working? During a scrum workshop, which ...

Agile Product ownership in a nutshell

How would you explain to your grandmother what an agile team is and how it works? For that I found a very nice video, which explains all the ...

Start-Stop-Continue Retrospective

Is your team bored with the way you do your retrospective meeting? Is it always the same after every sprint? Then why don´t you try something new? I ...

The 5 levels of team dysfunctions

I recently attended a scrum master training, where we were discussing the five dysfunctions of a team. This model has been introduced by Patrick ...

How to choose a reference task

A reference task is a certain task, which has a fixed amount of story points assigned, and which is used as a reference point to estimate other ...

Why you should have your own blog

I wanted to have my own blog for a very long time. But I didn´t know, which content I can put there. I am not such a smart-ass and come up with ...

Why you should prefer story points over hourly estimations

Every now and then people ask “What is a story point?” And then somebody gives the answer like “A story point in our team is ...

Why agile? – The Stacey complexity model

The stacey complexity model categorizes tasks in four different categories: simple, complicated, complex and anarachy. Then the model explains for ...