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How Do We Know When a Backlog Item is Ready for Development?

Time and time again I see teams struggling with getting backlog items completed inside of their Sprint/Iteration (Scrum duration of time where the Development Team develops a portion of a product to be demonstrated, usually 2 weeks or less). Typically the business folks feel they have clearly defined a backlog...

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My Go To Retrospective Format

Having facilitated many retrospectives over the years, there is common format (excuse the image pun, “4” mat) that I have found helpful regardless of the technique (check out my Favorite Retrospective Techniques post) used. The format used is based primarily from what I learned at The Agile Facilitator course by the...

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Favorite Retrospective Techniques

Below are a collection of retrospective techniques that I have found very useful over the years. There are many more that I have also used but these are the ones I lean on heavily. I think it is very important to vary the format of any retrospective if you are...


Meme a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Some Agile-related meme’s to keep the doctor away. If you liked some of these, you might like these also. Collection of Agile-related memes More Agile-related Memes A Few More Agile-related Memes And the Agile-related Memes Keep Coming If you have some Agile-related memes worth sharing, please post a comment.


Individual and Team Values Workshop (Facilitator’s Guide)

Many of us would like to operate as a high performing team. For those that have experienced being on a high performing team in the past whether in sports, business, or volunteer work, it is amazing and something to be cherished. There are many ingredients that go into a team...


Writing User Stories, It’s About the Conversation

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …” so starts the classic “A Tale of Two Cities” story by Charles Dickens. I get excited every time I read that opening because I know...


Causal Loop Diagramming (Part 2)

In the previous post, a basic understanding of Systems Thinking was provided and an introduction to Casual Loop Diagramming (CLD) with the most common notation explained. This post will cover additional CLD notation and expand on our real world example (i.e. why I eat too much, sometimes 😯 ). The...


Systems Thinking with Causal Loop Diagramming (CLD)

“More software projects have gone awry from management’s taking action based on incorrect system models than for all other causes combined.” – Weinberg-Brooks’ Law. From the words of “The Fifth Discipline” author, Peter Senge, “Systems thinking is a conceptual framework, a body of knowledge and tools that has been developed over...


12 More Days of Agile Transformation

In the spirit of the holidays, here is another Agile transformation themed 12 days of Christmas. Happy Holidays to all and have a Happy New Year! Stay safe! Be sure to play the music while reading. If you are rushed for time, just scroll to the bottom of the post and...


Want What you Have … A Time for Thanks

As Thanksgiving is upon us in the States, I usually bring a little more focus to things that I am thankful for. It reminds me of a great quote, not sure about attribution or accuracy of it. It goes something like this, “it is better to want what you have,...

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