How is the weather?

Some time ago, a government spent tons of money and time on a weather prediction satellite. After some years, they finally – and successfully – launched it and started to gather some data. A couple of months later, they analysed the results and noticed that the accuracy of the weather forecast was around 70%. During those…

Planning is Agile

Planning is not just Scrum. It’s not only for Waterfall projects. Planning is Agile. Many believe that there is little – to no – planning when going ‘Agile’. Indeed, there is. There is a lot. Agile planning is critical. As we work on very short iterations, we need to know exactly what we are going…

About Scrum Teams

In Scrum, it’s the Product Owner‘s responsibility to manage the project’s budget, therefore we could assume s/he assigns the appropriate resources to the team. However it’s quite usual in organisations to have a Department’s manager who builds teams according to project needs. This situation is not opposite to Scrum best practices but decisions should be…

Chickens and pigs

Once upon a time… A chicken and a pig were talking about opening a restaurant together and the chicken suggested to call it “Ham-n-eggs”. After consideration, the pig exclaimed: No thanks. I’d be committed, but you’d only be involved! This fable was included some years ago in ‘The Scrum Guide‘ but due to wrong usage…

Product Manager Vs Product Owner

Scrum frameworks require the role of a Product Owner, which differs a little with the traditional Product Manager’s role. Usually, responsibilities of both overlap but they are indeed different positions. Let me clarify a bit: Product Manager Product Owner Business. Important stakeholder. Bridge between business and engineering. Always thinking of the product ‘outwards’ (focusing on…

This user story is a Chihuahua!

Estimations are always difficult and only experience may help you provide proper ones. During sprint plannings user stories are estimated according to its difficulty or expected effort. A good technique to estimate a story is by comparing it to another one that you did previously. If it’s more difficult, you add points. If it’s less…

Scrum of Scrums

If Scrum is supposed to be a good framework for teams of 5 to 9 people, what happens when we work in a big project that requires several teams? Can we still use Scrum? Of course. However, you may need to divide the whole group of people into smaller teams that can work under Scrum…