Start-Stop-Continue Retrospective

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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 recently found a nice article from Mike Cohn about a format of sprint retrospectives, which I haven´t heard before – the Start-Stop-Continue retrospective.

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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 tasks. But how do you choose such a reference task? This post should give you a method and some ideas, how you can find a good reference task.

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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 about 3-5 hours work for one person!” Did you hear this as well? Or did you even give such an answer to other people? I did! Continue reading “Why you should prefer story points over hourly estimations”

Why agile? – The Stacey complexity model

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The stacey complexity model categorizes tasks in four different categories: simple, complicated, complex and anarachy. Then the model explains for each category what is the best approach to solve those tasks.

Did you ever hear the question “What is agile?” and you didn´t have a proper answer right from the top of your head. Or did somebody tell you, that agile is something from the software development world. Then I guess it is not so easy to explain to those people, that agile is a working methodology, which does apply to more than only software development departments. I think I have quite a good diagram to explain, for which type of tasks the agile way of working is the best.

A few weeks ago I attended a great scrum master training in my company at LeaseWeb. One of the first items on the agenda was the Stacey complexity model, which helps you to understand uncertainty in a project.

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