Author: Johan

19 February 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Splitting Backlog Items Part 3: How

In a sequence of blog posts based on our “Sharpen your story splitting skills” at XPDays 2015 to frame our useful deck of cards with splitting patterns, we bring you the last blogpost about how to split backlog items.  Background Many times during our session we got questions like: "What’s the best pattern?" "Can you give us advice on how to split?" "When to apply which pattern?"...

10 February 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Splitting Backlog Items Part 2: Who

After XPDays 2015 in our session “Sharpen your story splitting skills”, we concluded that some additional framing was needed for our useful deck of cards with splitting patterns.  This article is the successor of the "Splitting Backlog Items Part 1: When" post, and will handle about the people and aims to help you understand dysfunctions that make item splitting a pain and the reasons for good practices. Background Quite frequently we see...

3 February 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Splitting Backlog Items Part 1: When

At XPDays 2015, we presented the session “Sharpen your story splitting skills”. In the end people left with the shared knowledge from the other attendents and as a cherry on the cake a useful deck of cards with splitting patterns.  This session can be called a success, but still I had the feeling this subject needed more attention to effectively help people. When the big stories do not fit...

27 January 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Why Sprint n-1 Analysis is a BAD idea…

(commonly known as the Scrummerfall anti-pattern) Consider the following familiar situation The team has taken a story in the sprint, and during the sprint, shit hits the fan. They rework, rework again several times to get it to done. Then the “we-could-have-avoided-this” feeling enters the minds of the team...  In the Retro the conclusion is clear:   We could have avoided this!! We had to analyse this better!...

2 September 2015 / Agile & Scrum
The evils of chasing Scrum Velocity…

Sometimes we want more. Sometimes Scrum's Velocity becomes the Holy Grail. And despite a lot of disproving advice, this focus element creeps in with an ease change makers can only be jealous of.       Why is that? Ever noticed the affinity towards numbers when validating something? Our minds are pre-wired to linear thinking.  There's a strong tendency to correlate cause and effect and the assumed predictability of that correlation. Strong tendency?  ...

26 June 2013 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
Budget Games 2013 Aalbeke (Kortrijk): Reflections

Being well prepared is half the effort. Preparations done and documents distributed. One last Hangout for clarification. Collaborators on time to get into the mood. Collaborators set. The game arena was opened by Mayor Vincent Van Quickenborne and organizer Jurgen De Smet. Here are my reflections of this unique event. A poll after the game among the participants gave an appreciated impression. A clear explanation...