Year archives: 2017

Retrospective Thoughts – Review the week

dont forget

The effectiveness of our retrospective meetings had plateaued for the last couple of sprints, but despite that I couldn’t believe for more than a second that we had nothing else to try in order to grow.  We had been running with Agile for the last 9 months, but we weren’t coming up with many ideas to try and …

Consistency is Key

Consistency-is-key

Recently, with little notice, I had to step back from work for a few days (with a 3 day flu on the tail end of it).  This occurred from day 4 through day 8 of a 10 day sprint.  The whole time I was gone, I was periodically checking my emails to see if everything was ok. …

Sprint planning – How long is too long?

too long - approved

I posted one of my articles, Sprint planning meeting introductory script, on reddit to try and stir up some conversations, and the following comment by /u/AgileBandit stuck out to me: 3 hours? Why are your Sprint planning sessions taking so long?! Your team would benefit from more frequent backlog grooming sessions to reduce the need for lengthy …

Political Correctness vs Politeness

book of life logo

I’ve become a huge fan of the ‘School of Life’ youtube channel.  They make a ton of 5-12 minute videos outlining lessons from philosophers, artists, political scientists, as well as tackling general topics such as ‘The purpose of friendship’ and ‘How to be warm’. They also have a website called the Book of Life.  I’m …