Role Of Managers In Large-Scale Scrum

A client who is basing their scrum adoption on the LeSS scaling framework recently sent me the following question about the role of manager in Large-Scale Scrum. Question I’ve read that when scaling scrum with LeSS, cross functional teams need to have 1 manager. The author advocated strongly for this. In reality I’ve seen this […]
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Business Value Myths

To prioritize items in a scrum team’s product backlog, the product owner needs an estimate of both value and cost for each item. This way, they can identify which items have high ROI and move them to the top of the backlog. Other concerns such as dependencies must be considered, but in general the team […]
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Daddy, Where Do Product Backlog Items Come From?

A scrum team works from a prioritized list called the product backlog. Product backlog items are often called user stories. In this article we’ll examine the lifecycle of a product backlog item. It starts with conception. You see, when a product owner and a development team love each other very much… What Is A Product […]
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From Component Teams To Feature Teams

I recently facilitated a software development group’s transition from component scrum teams to feature scrum teams. The new structure reduces cross-team dependencies, which had been causing significant delays in shipping new features. Over the course of a day, we dissolved the existing component teams, groomed a shared product backlog, created a shared definition of done, […]
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Scaling Scrum With Scrum

One of our clients recently reached out to us asking for advice about how to manage their organization’s scaled scrum adoption. They wanted to know if they could use scrum to manage the adoption of scrum in the organization. The short answer is yes. Guiding an organization’s adoption of scrum is a big project. It’s […]
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World Café – Scaling Highly Interactive Meetings

World Café is a fun, flexible, and scalable technique for group conversations that leads to creative solutions to complex problems. World Café has some similarities to Open Space Technology: both techniques work for groups ranging from a few people to a few thousand; and both are frameworks that support individuals and interactions. World Café is […]
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A Scrum Master Is A Teacher, Mentor, Coach, And Facilitator

A scrum master wears many hats including: teacher, mentor, coach, and facilitator. Part of the art of being an excellent scrum master is being able to flow between these roles fluidly, depending on the situation at hand and the needs of the people involved. Teacher This is the act of showing or explaining something to […]
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Smaller User Stories Podcast

I recently had a conversation with Dave, over at the Mastering Business Analysis podcast, about splitting big user stories down into smaller stories. The interview was a lot of fun and it’s available now. You can get it direct from the Mastering Business Analysis website, or point your podcatcher at one of these links: iTunes […]
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What Is The Role Of Project Manager In Scrum?

This question came from a client: What is the project manager’s role in scrum? In answer to your question about project managers, there is no project manager role in scrum. The duties of a project manager gets split between the product owner, scrum master and the development team. The product owner has the vision of […]
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Creating Scrum Teams – Choosing Who Is On What Team

Question How should we form scrum teams as our organization adopts scrum? Answer Deciding how to form teams, and which people should be on which teams is the work of management. Of course there are many ways management might choose to do this. One of the most effective ways I’ve found to figure out roles […]
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