Invest in user stories, it’s worthy.

In my last post, I wrote about how technical tasks are not user stories. But what does it make a user story good? INVEST. I – Independent: Bear in mind that priorities may change along the project, so user stories could be moved around. Therefore, they need to be the most independent. N – Negotiable:…

How to deal with technical user stories

In SCRUM, business requirements are illustrated in what we call user stories. They basically capture who, what and why. However, we focus too much on ‘who’ and ‘what’, but ‘why’ is critical to understand their relevance. User stories usually look like: A proper definition is given by Martin Fowler, pioneer of agile methodologies: User stories…

Daily Scrum, just another meeting?

What did you accomplish yesterday? What will you do today? Are there any impediments on your way? Those are the questions to address during a daily scrum meeting, and only those! Daily scrum meetings are not exactly meetings, they are conversations between team members in order to plan the day. However, we notice very often…

Talent attracts talent

Concerning Reid Hoffman‘s new essay, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age (HBS Press), I must say I agree with him: Professional relationships between employee and employer are broken. Lifelong relationships are over, mostly due to precarious labour conditions and conflicting interests. Shareholders’ capitalism is a term frequently used these days which complicates having…

Out of Office

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. – Earl Wilson In this post, I would like to state the importance of having holidays. These are the reasons why I believe holidays are beneficial for you and your business: Getting away: When we work several hours in the same…

What SCRUM is not

SCRUM is an agile development framework which is often misapplied or misunderstood. It is defined to help product development and its management, but it is often considered to be closer to software development rather than business oriented. Furthermore, SCRUM allows management to have a product before it is finished, reducing time-to-market and avoiding tasks that do not…

Sports and work: Perfect match

Water polo, the sport I have played almost half of my life, has taught me some skills that could be perfectly applied to the corporate world. I believe these attributes can make anyone a better professional: Effort: You are crazy if you think you will succeed just by desire. You need to practice, learn, persevere, never…