Agile/Scrum blog

Team Trust Canvas

Stephan van Rooden Door: Stephan van Rooden,  16-11-2015
Onderwerp: Team  Management  

When starting a team you run into a variety of challenges. In an earlier blog series I stated that a group of people doesn’t make them a team. How do you create a team? Where do you start and do the same practices apply for a new management team? In this blog I will share with you an alternative to the often used Team Manifesto. Using this technique will get even a management team into a better, more clear and positive collaborative state.

Magic Estimation Matrix - estimating effort and value in 15 minutes!

Stephan van Rooden Door: Stephan van Rooden,  16-11-2015
Onderwerp: Backlog Management  

The best way to negotiate is with torsos angled, often at 90 degrees to one another. This avoids the face-to-face confrontational element whilst also allow looking at the other person's face. This position enables having an open conversation. What we thought, would this approach also work with large group estimations on effort and value? But without the time consuming conversations.

The Art of Facilitation

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  09-11-2015

A couple of months ago I read the book 'Facilitator's and Trainer's Toolkit' by Artie Mahal. This book proved to be a gold mine for people interested in the craft of facilitation. I've always had the feeling that facilitation can be a powerful instrument that exceeds merely 'hosting meetings'. Facilitations skills are essential in everything we do, they are truly people- and leadership skills. Artie Mahal put my thoughts into words. In this blog post I'll define facilitation, describe the facilitation framework that shows the scale of organizational facilitation, and share my experiences as a facilitator.

The Box of Transparency

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  29-09-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  values  

This blog post is about a little box. A little transparent box. The box contained only one sticky note. A sticky note with a milestone. The milestone belonged to a a large project that concerned a comprehensive organizational change with multiple Scrum teams.

This milestone was special, because it was a milestone the team failed to achieve.

Today we had the first review with all the different teams that are involved with the organizational change. The review had the structure of a "marketplace". No PowerPoint slides. Every team prepared a flip-over & market stall with the most important deliverables, ups & downs off the previous period and deliverables for the upcoming sprints. With short demo's of 12 minutes every team presented & discussed their progress with the other teams and stakeholders.

On itself the review was already great, this little box of one of the teams however made it awesome!