Monthly Archives: August 2011

Soft Assign in Sprint Planning

In teams that are still bit too specialized it can sometimes make sense to do something I call Soft Assign. Soft Assign (as I have defined it in this context – it has other meanings as well) means that in … Continue reading

Agile Management

Story Bidding

I recently met a fellow Agile Coach. He had invented an elaborate way of bidding on tasks in a sprint as a way of matching what people wanted to do with what got assigned. It was Excel based and could … Continue reading

Agile Management

Choosing Scrum or Kanban

Many teams start out with Scrum and over the years they remove stuff – and add WIP limits – and come closer and closer to Kanban. Many teams start out with Kanban and over the time add things like Sprints … Continue reading

Agile Management

Planning Poker vs Table Sorting

Many agile teams have discovered Planning Poker, which is a well known and proven practice. But there is an interesting alternative to Planning Poker that can work very well under certain conditions. I call it Table Sorting (don’t know the … Continue reading

Agile Management

Agile documentation issues

Traditionally our main documentation issue has often been too much documentation – and being done when we have the least information (at the start of the project). Some agile set-ups have started to have the opposite issue – not enough … Continue reading

Agile Development, Agile Management, Agile Requirements

Product risk

Most professional project managers are actively handling project risks together with the team. And some of those risks are usually related to the product. But in complex product development I would recommend to have rofuces workshop(s) on product risks – … Continue reading

Agile Development, Agile Management, Agile Requirements, Agile Testing

Is agile the death of projects?

Is the concept of projects dead in agile? Does it matter? In Scrum they say that each sprint can be seen as a project – but that’s not what we normally mean with a project. Personally I don’t really care … Continue reading

Agile Management

Control Models in Agile

Can traditional Project Control Models (stage-gate, phase-gate or whatever you prefer to call it) work in agile settings? The short answer is yes, but they have to be used in the right way. They are frequently a source of lots … Continue reading

Agile Management

Product Owner issues

Scrum and many Agile Coaches claim that it is of utmost importance to have one Product Owner who makes all product decisions. I can agree that this is the simplest thing that can possibly work in a majority of the … Continue reading

Agile Management