• Set up a brainstorm session to slice your Epic

    February 27, 2020 by

    So you’ve got yourself an Epic, kudos. Now, the interesting part starts. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that an Epic is a piece of work so big that we need to slice it. We have arrived at the 2nd stage of an Epic lifecycle. The brainstorming session. At this moment you only have the WHAT and… Read more

  • This is how an Epic should be born.

    February 26, 2020 by

    Before moving too much into this post I would like to start by looking at one of the agile principles. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. In Scrum, there is a misconception that Product Owners/Manager/<insert title here> are responsible for writing all requirements. An Engineer’s job is to estimate them.… Read more

  • Is there a difference between Epic and Story?

    February 25, 2020 by

    If you work with Jira the difference is very clear. One is purple, the other is green. Right? Ok, jokes aside, in Jira, there is a very structure that makes an Epic the parent of a Story. Let’s go full-on basics for a bit. An Epic is nothing more than a piece of work that… Read more

  • Epic Series – Introduction

    February 24, 2020 by

    Whatever your “agile” software of choice is, there is a high chance you use Epics. Most projects use them to organize Stories/Tasks/Spikes and whatever other types of tickets you have in your backlog. But are epics only buckets for organizing your tickets, or should they be something else? It is not uncommon to see Epics… Read more

  • Weekend summary

    February 23, 2020 by

    A quick summary. Hope you enjoy. 📅 Monday: Someone should fix this A very common sentence that we hear all the time. This <insert problem here> shouldn’t happen, someone should fix this. CLICK HERE FOR FULL … 📅 Tuesday: But we’ve always done it this way Do we need to do this? Is this the… Read more

  • Social Saturday #8

    February 22, 2020 by

    Social Saturday is a series where I try and answer some of the questions that I’ve found over the internet. Our question comes yet again from my favorite group on Facebook Agile Coaches & Trainers. My response would be that there is always something to improve. It doesn’t matter how mature a team is or not,… Read more

  • Scrum vs Kanban

    February 21, 2020 by

    As agile coaches we see this discussion happening all the time. Oh, our team is at a very mature level and we need to move into Kanban We need to have predictability, so we need to work in Sprints and do Scrum The arguments are many, the ideas behind them are mostly wrong. Whatever works… Read more

  • Why is “never give up” bad advice?

    February 20, 2020 by

    Where to start? I guess my problem is with the word “never”. Absolute statements are generally bad advice. Over the years I have never seen a “solution fits all” that works for more than 50% of the cases. It is a coin toss, and the reason behind it is because life is unpredictable. If Zuckerberg… Read more

  • Slow down to speed up

    February 19, 2020 by

    Health Check season is over for this quarter, and one of the items that came out of some of my teams was that our Speed of Delivery should be improved. This came from the team itself, reflecting on their previous quarter, not from (add upper, middle or top as you please) management. The first feeling… Read more

  • But we’ve always done it this way

    February 18, 2020 by

    Do we need to do this? Is this the best approach? Nothing stops these questions better than the sentence: But we’ve always done it this way. Luckily I cannot say this has happened to me recently. Instead, I always keep it in the back of my head from all the other times I’ve listened to… Read more

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