Last week, I finished my Scrum Master job at
Sky Business Connect. I had been there for 36 weeks and 4 days. This morning I started a new Scrum Master job at Safeguard Global.
My Safeguard Global office looks suspiciously like my office at Sky. And my office at
Cegedim Healthcare Solutions, too. Different laptop each time, though.
I spent much of today installing software, setting up accounts, saving bookmarks, and meeting people. Oh, and getting used to typing in my 45-character email address.
Planning Poker cards from Mountain Goat Software
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about using
planning poker in Agile teams, for estimating user story size. But that was when we were all sitting in the same room and not shielding from Covid-19.
Things have changed now. Here are a few options that I’ve tried.
Continue reading Using Zoom polls for planning poker in Agile teams
A meeting room at work that I haven’t sat in now for over a year
Hands up if you love meetings… nobody?
It’s one of the most common complaints I hear from development teams: “Urgh! We have
far too many meetings.” It’s not often true but that is their perception because the meetings felt boring and wasteful.
Meetings don’t have to be like that. I’ve just started reading a book called
Meeting Design: For Managers, Makers and Everyone by Kevin M Hoffman (Two Waves Books, 2018) which I’m hoping will help me plan more productive, more meaningful gatherings in the future.
In this post, I offer a few simple rules to help meeting feel more manageable.
Continue reading What rules do you have for meetings at work?
Header photo by Rob Wingate on Unsplash
Happy new year!
Human beings have seemingly been
making new year’s resolutions for around 4,000 years. There is something about the year incrementing by one that somehow encourages folks to examine their past failures and vouch to do better in the year ahead.
And yet, research (and plenty of personal experience) shows that around 80% of resolutions will be broken by the second week of February.
There is a better way.
Continue reading Marginal gains for development teams
“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way in to a new kind of thinking.” — Henri Nouwen
On the subject of self-organising teams, the
Scrum guide says simply,
“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.”
But what does that actually mean in practice?
The background to this is that final clause, “rather than being directed by others outside the team.”
Continue reading Self-organising teams