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Sprint planning framework

In the following I’ll describe a way of adopting story points and also how to put them into a context that have been tried in “real life”. The framework is very generic and should be…


User stories does not work

People doing Scrum-like methods often decline the story point terminology due to “our requirements are not transformable into user stories because of…”-reasons. My typical response is to ask them “ok, but as long as you…


Agile manifesto and common sense?

Every time I perform a Kanban or Scrum training session, I introduce them to the agile manifesto. This has been defacto in the training material for a couple of years now, but lately I’ve been…


Making virtual teams work

Todays IT business involves a lot of distributed work, i.e. working in teams that are not located in the same world. This restriction puts a strain on the term “team” as the people interaction is…


5 minutes retrospective

Looking for a way to give your team a kick start at the retrospective meeting? Try having a 5 minutes retrospective – I’ll tell you how… Invite your team for the usual time slot allocated…


Plan for success

Do you plan for success when conducting sprint planning? In a misunderstood urge of striving for success many teams over commit when planning sprints. This can often be witnessed at sprint demos where many of…


Toyota’s six rules

In order to have a well-functioning Kanban setup one must agree on a basic set of rules of usage. The mother of all Kanban implementors is Toyota who, guided by the father of Kanban –…


Key motivators for failing at kanban

Working with a wide range of teams adopting Kanban, I’ve looked into what are the common pitfalls or caveats for a coach when starting up. The information I present here is mainly gathered from system…


3-step adoption pattern for Kanban

Starting up a new team is alway a fun and exciting challenge. During my time as agile coach I have found a nice pattern that most team follows which breaks down to the following phases:…