Tag: Large Scale Scrum

23 March 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Surprise Surprise: Benefits of Cross-Functional Teams

Stage Backlog Refinement session.  Purpose  Our Product Owner came up with new stories to be estimated. 14 to be precise.  It required some preparation however.  We have 2 teams, and they do the Backlog Refinement together.  Around 20 people in one room, partly offshore, estimating together is quite a challenge! Meeting Progress The meeting was slowly progressing and at the same time the activity was...

19 January 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Stop Managing Dependencies!

Dependencies in Software Development have been an issue since decades and lots of practices have been built to “manage” them, creating an environment that becomes more complicated with longer time-to-market times as dependencies grow (or the product/solution grows). This is creating an illusion and no dependency management is alwys the only answer! Coordination to remove dependencies is usually a more sustainable outcome with less management. The...

29 December 2015 / Agile & Scrum
20 New Year’s Resolutions for Scrum Product Owners

The end of the year is nearby, time for some New Year’s resolutions! As I experienced a lot of stress within the role of Scrum Product Owner, and as I know you’re busy, I’m going to help you get started… Here are 20 New Year’s resolutions to get you started: Update the product’s vision (or make one if you don’t have one) with your stakeholders...

23 December 2015 / Agile & Scrum
A Horror Story: Efficiency is Killing Productivity

Are you working in product development? Creative work? Research? Or any other domain where brains are the main asset? YES? Then this story is for you! It's called: "Efficiency in organisations has become counterproductive!" Take the holy grail of efficiency: Clarity - Measurements - Accountability, it makes human efforts derail! And yes, I've been tricked into it myself. My work while being tricked and still today...

15 December 2015 / Agile & Scrum
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Being 1 Year in a LeSS Huge Adoption

Large-Scale Scrum or LeSS About 1 year ago BASE Company engaged with Co-Learning in order to improve their time to market, productivity and quality using "Agile". As many other companies their understanding about Agile was limited to the practices, roles and process and mainly focussed on their "development" teams. Together we generated a better understanding setting up a POC (Proof Of Concept) within one area of their...

4 November 2015 / Agile & Scrum
One year into a Large-Scale Scrum adoption at Base Company

This blog is different from many others as the author is not really the author at all. We do not see value in telling a customer story by ourselves and as such we let them do it for us, let them explain why LeSS, what challenges and what succesthey see being about 1 year into the adoption. The Agile adoption movie trailer     How we were...