One of my favorite retrospectives is the Superpower Retrospective. When faced with a team that has been together for a while and has done a few retrospectives it can be hard to keep things interesting. The Superpower Retrospective is an excellent way of spicing things up. With the Superpower Retrospective… Read More »Superpower Retrospective
Philip is a certified Scrum Master and Product Owner. He has worked in various industries and at different stages of Agile transformations. Philip is an Agile advocate wherever he goes. Being a team's Agile conscience drives Philip to help teams improve.
To begin with I want to state that this post portrays my opinion on Agile estimates. Agile estimates have been around the Agile movement for as long as I can remember. I was not privy to the start of Agile so “as long as I can remember” probably does not… Read More »Agile Estimates: To Be or Not To Be
The car manufacturer Toyota developed Kanban as a methodology to help teams work on their assembly line. Currently, it is popular with engineering teams working within an Agile environment. Typically, the work being done in Kanban is easily visible and communicated on a Kanban Board. Kanban also helps keep work… Read More »Everyday Life Kanban
Imagine this, you are watching your favorite basketball team in the championship game. There is 1 second left on the clock. Your team is down by 2 points and has the ball. They move towards their basket and your favorite player takes a 3-point shot. IT GOES IN!!! Your team… Read More »Scrum Master: The Basketball Coach
If you’ve ever read the Agile Manifesto you’re familiar with these four lines. “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan” You are also familiar with this line. “That is, while there is value in the items… Read More »What is Your Agile Sound?
Back when I first started as a Scrum Master, in 2014, I was given a chance that some Scrum Masters are rarely given. I was given an opportunity to do an agile experiment. When I say “experiment” I do not mean make incremental change. I was able to take a… Read More »Story: The Sticky Teams Initiative
Let us start off with a quick scenario around Psychological Safety. New team member: “But why don’t we use X as our new tool?” Senior team member: *scoffs* “Why would you ask that? You should know that X won’t mesh well with our current system.” In the above scenario, the… Read More »Psychological Safety and The Scrum Master
As a Scrum Master, looking outward and seeing where people need work can be easy. You might find yourself helping the Product Owner better manage the backlog. The team may need your help sticking to goals. Looking outward can be easy. Looking inward, on the other hand, can be quite… Read More »Scrum Master Dos and Don’ts
If you have worked with Agile for a while, you probably heard of backlog refinement. For those of you new to this topic, in a nutshell, backlog refinement is a session dedicated to cleaning up the Product Backlog. Something to note is that the Product Backlog is different from the… Read More »Backlog Refinement a Conveyor Belt
If you have worked in the realm of software you have probably heard of retrospectives. Retrospectives are a way for teams to look back on their work and brainstorm ways to improve in the future. Retrospectives can range from a positive experience for all those involved to being downright boring.… Read More »“Quick” Tips for Retrospectives