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Visualise interruptions on a LEGO Wall

I had the privilege to attend the Certified Scrum Product Owner course at Skills Matter. During the two-day course, I learnt many techniques to deliver value efficiently, and I am going to share a less widely known tool to help teams visualise interruptions. Keeping track...


Chinese whispers on Scrum roles

Few days ago, I attended the 2-day Martine Devos' Certified Scrum Master, Estimation & Planning Class at Skills Matter. I had the privilege of meeting and learning from Martine Devos, one of the best Scrum trainer in Europe. This also gave me the opportunity to...


Improve team's communication with User Stories

The challenge of Software development is about building a product which fulfills both business and users' expectations. The focus for each role within an Agile team is different: Project Managers want to see progress and want a quality product that is delivered on time and...


A Retrospective in the Park

The other day, I facilitated a sprint retrospective in the park. The sun was shining, and we had all been working hard to complete our backlog, so it felt like a nice reward for everyone’s efforts. Holding a retrospective outdoors can also give it an...


The relationship between Product Owner, Business Analyst and Tester

In an Agile/Scrum team the Product Owner manages the Product Backlog, a Business Analyst may help further elaborate the backlog. Acceptance Criteria is "one of the" or the output of that elaboration. A Tester may futher define the Acceptance Criteria and write test scripts to...


Using JIRA for Agile Project Management (without Green Hopper)

Jira from Atlassian  is a very popular issue tracking software and can be quite effectively used for Agile Project Management. Jira has a plugin (Green Hopper) that allows for creation of a backlog, iterations and tasks.  However, with help from the free Mylyn plugin for...