Scrum Master Tip – Team Consensus

In Scrum Master Tip – Many Voices I listed a few things to try if your team meetings are dominated by one person and you want to hear from the others in the team. On a similar note, I’ve found the following tips useful to Team consensus on decisions. Issue to Avoid Failing to get […]

Who owns impediments?

In a previous post I listed some of the different types of impediment to identify as a scrum master. In this post I’m going to go through the same types and list who I think should own them and some ideas of how to try and remove them. Types of Impediment In the same order […]

Scrum Master Tip – Many Voices

This is a quick tip that I struggled with when I started as a Scrum Master and wish someone told me about. Issue to Avoid One person talking for the majority of the time during retrospectives, although this applies to all meetings. Why is it a problem? One voice is not only boring for the […]

Cumulative Flow Diagram from TFS Data

One of the teams I’ve worked with frequently ended a sprint with 2 or more user stories “almost” ready. To them “almost” meant less than 2 hours, but in reality, due to sprint planning, task breakdowns etc, we more often than not finished those user stories on day 2 of the next sprint. There were […]

The importance of backlog refinement

Backlog refinement isn’t a prescribed meeting, instead the Scrum Guide states: The Scrum Team decides how and when refinement is done. Perhaps that’s why it’s not taken as seriously as the other scrum events, or worse, forgotten or ignored. I’ve lost count of the number of project managers (or “non-agile” people) ask “why are you […]