When user stories are used well, they are a fantastic tool. When they are used poorly, they are a horribly burdensome micromanagement tool. Here are 5 things I commonly see people get wrong with user stories. 1. Prescribing solutions in user stories Have you ever seen a user story like this? As a user I […]
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Many job openings for Agile coach and Scrum Master positions require entry-level certifications, but what do those certifications mean anyways? In this post, I explain why I believe entry-level certifications are a poor tool to use when evaluating someone for a position or when assessing someone’s knowledge about Agile values, principles, and practices. I explain […]
“What’s the difference between velocity and performance with Scrum teams?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in my Professional Scrum Master classes. Velocity is just an indication of a development team’s ability to turn product backlog items into potentially-releasable increments each sprint. Velocity is not an indicator of performance because performance implies that […]
This post is part of the Scrum Whys blog series. “A product owner can be a member of only one Scrum team”“A product owner must compose every user story”“A product owner creates all of the requirements for a development team”“A product owner is the only person that should talk to our customers”“There are no business […]
‘Scrum Doesn’t Give You the Kitchen Sink’ is part of the Scrum Whys blog series. Pop quiz. Which of the following is the most accurate description of Scrum? Scrum is a comprehensive approach for product development, and it has the best patterns for success. Scrum is a set of recommendations that should be used as […]