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Three more ways to deliver real value pt.2
This is the second of two parts on gold-plating. You can find part one here. Tip 1: Seek simplicity The[...]
Three ways to deliver focussed value pt.1
Tip 1: Work smart, play smart The first step to avoid over-engineering in agile scrum is to – you guessed[...]
Three great ways to build and maintain agile product roadmaps
Learn the easiest and most effective way to use roadmaps in agile product management with scrum. Tip 1: Spare yourself[...]
The three key areas of agile planning with scrum
Get to grips with the core elements of planning in agile product management Tip 1: First horizon: Daily sprint planning[...]
Three quick tips on writing the perfect agile user story
Master the art of fail-proof user stories that keep the quality of work consistently high Tip 1: Be INVESTed The[...]
Three key tips for making sure ‘done’ means done
Learn the purpose and value of defining the term ‘done’ in agile product management Tip 1: Insure against accidents Establishing[...]
Three great ways to achieve team cohesion
Understand the psychology aspects that build and reinforce trust within scrum teams Tip 1: Lay a solid psychological foundation The[...]
Three top tips on the most effective task planning techniques
Planning and executing your daily tasks is a key part of agile scrum. Tip 1: Start your tomorrow, today Spend[...]
How to have a healthy Product Backlog
A well-organised product backlog can help your scrum team tackle work items more effectively   Tip 1: Create value, not[...]
Three things to consider before agile work can be ‘ready’
Learn the purpose and value of defining the term ‘ready’ agile product management Tip 1: Know the purpose The purpose[...]
Three techniques for improved agile team collaboration
Understand how you can contribute to a more cohesive and collaborative effort from your scrum team     Tip 1:[...]
The top three red flags to look out for in your scrum team
Keep an eye out for these Scrum anti-patterns that threaten the effectiveness of your team’s development     Tip 1:[...]
Boost your stakeholder engagement with 3 quick tips
Stakeholder engagement is key to performing in the role of the product owner     Tip 1: Map it out[...]
Three highly-effective tips for better team collaboration
How to make small changes that bring about a big difference in your team's collaboration.     Tip 1: There[...]
Three ways to achieve team mastery in agile scrum
Help your team find excellence by applying these three approaches     Tip 1: Put aside time for growth It’s[...]
Three ways to guarantee a good relationship with product owners
Establishing or improving your relationship with a PO can bring unexpected benefits to agile scrum     Tip 1: Create[...]
Three great ways to estimate story points for scrum teams
Improve your story points estimation for a more calculated approach to teamwork Tip 1: Know the point The point of[...]
Transform your agile refinement sessions in three simple steps
Improve your refinement sessions for the benefit of team development This practice is still often called product backlog grooming. It[...]
Three ways to create your perfect agile sprint goal
Understand the sprint goal and its relationship to the wider product roadmap Tip 1: Sprint goals vs sprint features A[...]
Three quick tips for the ultimate agile sprint review
Round off your sprint the right way and go into the next one a better team Tip 1: Focus on[...]
Three tips for better daily scrum meetings
Learn how to hold a more effective daily planning meetings to make better use of your time Tip 1: Right[...]
Mentor-coaching for engaging leadership
There is a simple strategy for engaging mentor-coaching conversations. Coaching is the new leading, and mentor-coaching opens a space of[...]
Overcome conflict avoidance for conflict is progress misunderstood
Many people attempt to avoid conflict. I understand. It doesn't necessarily feel good. Often it comes with a sense of[...]
Three tips on running your retrospectives the right way
This time I'm covering the regular team improvement meeting, also known as retrospective, or colloquially "retro". Try the tips below[...]
Learn from a cat to connect more with an introvert
A diverse team is usually a stronger team for it. This diversity also extends to the introvert to extrovert spectrum.[...]
Three Top Tips for Sprint Planning
The sprint planning meeting is essential to your team’s productivity and efficiency. Tip 1: Stop refining If you’re spending time[...]
Introducing the leadership model to Take You to Your Next Levels
Over the last years of working with many great senior & executive level leaders I got to pick up on[...]
Three quick tips to optimise your team’s Scrum practice
A quick refresher to help you get the most from the Scrum framework Tip 1: Do it by the book[...]
Why do Agile people keep banging on about collocation?
The general intention for Agile teams is that they are working in the same physical location, often called collocation, or[...]
The big power of micro retrospectives
Many product delivery teams know retrospectives (aka retros ) from their natural cycle of work, whether in iterations (e.g. Scrum)[...]
Beware the hidden dimension of the product backlog
Over the years I've seen my share of product backlogs and while they are telling in themselves the product backlog[...]
Team size dynamics – where is the science on this?
The magical maximum team size was heralded at 7±2. Some now say it is 5±2. The military has it as[...]
Long-lived feature teams – what happens when they run out of product??
This article explores what happens to a feature team that is part of a product group when product demand runs[...]
Agile Coaching: A detective game
Over recent months, I've come to hear tales and woes of some Agile Coaches seemingly ‘breaking and entering’ an organisation[...]