Agile/Scrum blog

Onderwerp: Backlog Management

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.

Making optimal use of JIRA Agile

Bas van Lieshout Door: Bas van Lieshout,  21-01-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  Backlog Management  Tooling  

Many organizations choose to use an online tool to support their Agile development. The advantages are clear: it can be accessed from everywhere, and it can link many pieces of relevant information, from the origin of an idea to the committed code and the tests. Monitors on the wall can easily make the status of the sprint transparent, displaying burndown charts or the sprint board.

I do agree with the Agile value to favor "individuals and interactions" over "processes and tools". But a good configuration of your tools can be very beneficial to your effectiveness. 

Analysis Paralysis or: How I learned to stop worrying and love to code

Harm Pauw Door: Harm Pauw,  07-04-2014
Onderwerp: Analysis  Craftsmanship  Backlog Management  

Let’s say your team has a feature on the backlog that it wants to implement. It’s been discussed during a number of refinement meetings, but the team still thinks that needs more analysis before it is ready enough to start implementing it. Otherwise, it might happen that they implement it the wrong way. So you keep on analysing but it takes ages before the feature is finally implemented. It wouldn’t be a problem if this happens once in a while, but if this occurs frequently and it stops you from delivering new features, your team might suffer from something called analysis paralysis.