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 […]

Applying Scrum to self-education

I’ve been reading a lot in the last couple of months about self-education and in particular how to overcome procrastination. I realised I was making great plans to “learn X” or “build Y”, spending ages planning it all out but not following through when it came time to actually do it. Sound familiar? Research One […]

Is the Scrum Master a disruptive role?

While talking to one of my team during our regular chats, the number of changes I’ve challenged the team with came up. I was glad when he said he could see the value in them, but was surprised when he said he initially saw them as a disruption. The scrum master role is seen as […]

Retrospective Experience – Happiness Index using a Niko Niko Calendar

In the last month or so, I’ve been trying to change tactics for how I approach increasing velocity. I think this all started with a tweet from Luis Gonçalves: Its my impression or #ScrumMasters that are developers care little or nothing with team building activities? Share your opinion 🙂 #scrum — Luis Gonçalves (@lgoncalves1979) February […]

Add Grunt and ESLint to a MVC Project

This is part two of getting started with ESLint using Grunt where I will show you how to configure ESLint to analyse a MVC .NET Project. In part one I set-up our environment with node.js, Grunt-cli and finally Grunt for our project, but you couldn’t do much with it. In this post, I’ll install ESLint, […]