Scrum Guide 2020 – What has changed?

Scrum Guide 2020 - changes Last Update: The Scrum Guide was previously updated in Nov 2017 and this update comes after three years, around the same time.  This update is a significant one IMHO because all direct or indirect references to software are removed. The previous version (2017) did succeed in that, to some extent,… Continue reading Scrum Guide 2020 – What has changed?


12 common Daily Scrum DYSFUNCTIONS

1. SM/PO PARTICIPATING in the Daily Scrum (assuming dedicated roles) 2. Dev. Team members EXPECTING the SM to be present for EVERY Daily Scrum 3. SM FACILITATING the Daily Scrum e.g. SM moderating discussions, SM calling out on who should speak next, selecting/imposing the format of the Daily Scrum, etc.  Or the Dev. Team members… Continue reading 12 common Daily Scrum DYSFUNCTIONS

Daily Scrum, Product Increment, Product Owner, scrum-master, Sprint-Planning, Sprints

Scrum Guide Updates – My wishlist

The current version of The Scrum Guide is getting updated. Here are the things I wish the new updates could address (a) Daily Scrum (b)Development Team (c) Product Owner (d) Sprint Backlog and incomplete PBIs at the end of the Sprint (e) Acceptance of Work by Product Owner (f) Increment (g) What is the Product

Product Increment, Product Owner

What is your “Product”?

Scrum does not define a "product", and how you define your "product" has huge implications for the organization. Broader definitions of product
(a) focus on solving actual customer problems
(b) avoids local optimizations in the organization
(c) eliminates management of dependencies between different micro- "products"
(d) and hence enables organization to "be more agile"

Communication, Organization

Remote Teams and Virtual Facilitation

I have my own biases,  having seen co-located teams work very well and having struggled with "dislocated" teams, I often recommend my clients to reconsider "dislocated" teams.  And by "dislocation" I am not saying you cannot have teams ten time zones away.  What I mean by a "dislocated" team is when three team members are… Continue reading Remote Teams and Virtual Facilitation

Communication, Organization, Product Owner

[Product Owner – Dev. Team] Ladder of Empowerment

"Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. Self-organizing teams choose how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team." - The Scrum Guide. When the whole  Scrum Team is self-organizing (in addition to the Dev. Team being self-organizing in executing the Sprint Backlog), understanding the context of Product Owner -… Continue reading [Product Owner – Dev. Team] Ladder of Empowerment