I hate Product Backlogs’ unrestrained tendency to grow, get messy and unmaintainable.
Ideally, a Product Backlog should give the whole team a clear roadmap on work to be done. I remember times when I actually believed this is really possible, even with a huge Backlog, but in practice in every project I worked on I struggled with keeping the Backlog up-to-date, prioritised and consistent. […]
Having experience as a mountain guide helped me understand how teams work in various situations. Some of the behaviours apply to the professional world as well. Imagine you wake up on a sunny morning in the tent piched on the mountain pass. The first task for the group, after crawling out of their sleeping bags: […]
On team retrospectives this point seems to be the hardest one – deciding upon specific action points. Gathering data and discussion are much easier parts 😉 Experiments Here is an approach to make commitment for the action points a bit easier – make them experiments. Try an idea for a week and see if it […]
Last week I have attended the JAX conference in London. Here is a couple of highlights that attracted my attention enough to write them down. Product Backlog Roman Pichler about the Product Backlog: Low-priority backlog entries should be much less detailed than those on top. When (and if) their time comes, they will be probably […]
Let’s face it – Daily Scrum happens to be boring meeting sometimes. In the long run it may turn out to be tiresome routine, even for a team that understands its importance. To make our meetings at SoftwareMill more interesting, we have implemented the idea of The Fourth Question, which I want to share here. […]