I recently asked my LinkedIn connections if the Product Owner (PO) and Scrum Master (SM) can be the same person. To say it caused a debate is an understatement - I’m still getting messages now. The conversation that ensued showed some awesome ways of thinking when it comes to the Scrum framework and Agile methodologies.
Distributed development is a common working practice for many organisations. The various roles, and knowledge specialists involved, often mean that teams are spread across multiple locations. This could include multi-building/site, countries and timezones. Managing this presents challenges and can be complicated further if you are working with third parties. Any project – where at least […]
As organisations and tech start-ups grow, adding staff is par for the course. But bringing in new people, and new skills, isn’t simple. Businesses can struggle to develop cohesively and efficiently as they scale their teams. Agile principles introduced the concept of cross-functional teams, rather than focusing on role type. While smaller organisations, 5-20 staff, […]
Problems In Agile Team Organisation Agile principles were designed to create cross-functional teams and prevent projects from stalling by improving collaboration. Despite this, new problems have arisen. Agile leaders now have to contend with balancing management of the project and unforeseen issues that the process fails to address. In early-December I asked a question to […]
If you’re going to use story points in Scrum, here’s how to do it. Story point estimation can drag Scrum teams and software developers into a pit of despair, frustration, and waste. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the use of story points in Agile teams. The estimation technique described in this article enables you […]