Posts tagged ‘scrumMaster’

April 23, 2012

Scrum rituals, summarized…

by Sampath Prahalad
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Ritual

Happens on

What gets done

Significance

1

Sprint planning meeting

First day of the Sprint

  • The capacity of the team for the Sprint is determined.
  • User stories for the sprint are presented by the PM, and agreed upon between the team and the PM based on team capacity
  • The team then breaks the User stories into tasks and assigns the tasks to themselves.

Sprint planning meeting is complete only when both the above are Completed

  • If there is an investigative User story, a specific time period (maybe a week) is alloted to that with the aim ofcoming up with the next steps.
Once planned, the contents of the Sprint are to remain constant for the duration of the Sprint. Any recurring activities like Production Support can be put in as a separate user story or their effort need not be tracked as part of the Development sprint.

2

Daily Scrum meeting

Every day of the Sprint

3 questions to be answered by the team.

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What will you do today?
  • What impediments do you face?
This is not for the managers but for each other. If it is becoming a status meeting, the manager can be asked not to participate

3

Sprint Review / Demo

Last day of the Sprint

An informal demo of what was achieved by the team to the Product manager and other stakeholders in the Sprint. Anyone in the Delivery team can give the demo. The Sprint review focuses on the product and not the Process

Only User stories that are developed, tested and ready to deploy are ones that classify as Done.

4

Sprint Retrospective

Last day of the Sprint

The team (minus the managers) reflects on what went well during the Sprint and what processes can be changed for the better.

Continuous process improvement.

The Sprint Retrospective focuses on improving the Process and not the Product.

5

User story Sizing (Optional but recommended)

Once every 2 (or 3) weeks

Sizing of the user stories in the prioritized backlog list. The PM and team go through the user stories, play the planning poker game and assign story points to the user stories. Pace: 6-10 user stories per hour. The Intention is to have a backlog that is prioritized and well sized at any point of time so that the PM has enough information ahead of Sprint planning to identify the user stories that provide the most business value.
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February 18, 2012

Path for Middle management chickens to become pigs.

by Sampath Prahalad

Attended a talk on the topic above by Anila George at the Agile India 2012 Conference. It was quite informative and thought provoking.

Just a quick definition of Chickens and Pigs in the Agile methodology.

Pigs: Anyone who is committed and responsible for the day to day work in the Scrum team. These are people who work on the team and whose tasks and activities contribute towards the success or failure.

Chickens: Managers and other stakeholders who do not directly contribute to the success of the sprint.

Click here for story on why the terminology was coined.

As a company transitions from a Waterfall software development model to Agile, the middle managers who are used to the ‘Command and Control’ type of management suddenly feel a sense of helplessness, which could cause anxiety, frustration and even boredom in the new ‘Team empowerment’ model.

Here are some steps that these chickens could take to become pigs and contribute effectively (in no particular order of preference)

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January 30, 2012

Super Scrum master. Duties of a Scrum Master. Dramatized. :o)

by Sampath Prahalad

There is a saying that I recently read on the web.

‘It is easy to find a Scrummaster, It is hard to find a good one’

Take a look at this well made video on the duties of a ScrumMaster. Quite dramatized, ensures that you will surely not miss the point.

Ian here is quite serious about the duties of the Scrum Master, but his methods are questionable.

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