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 […]