When I participated some discussion within Agile communities, one question has often been asked: “Which is best tool for Agile team? Physical board or JIRA or Rally or …” Although every time we would like to answer it from Agile value and principle perspective, but when it has been asked so frequently, I start to […]Read more "One question being asked frequently"
Super Evil team has waited for 3 days for Product Owner’s decision if the layout should be changed or not. Product Owner is still working with different stakeholders and trying to find the best answer so that everyone will be happy. Product Owner feels sorry that he is slowing down the whole team and team […]Read more "Why is team waiting?"
I joined a Agile practitioners WeChat group and today one friend raised a question to everyone – “What is Agile?”. There are many different responses: Agile is a kind of spirit Agile is to keep the required needs but get rid of unnecessary wants Agile is a kind of ideology Agile is a dynamic standard […]Read more "What is Agile? Exactly"
Today I had a discussion with my colleagues (Jeremie, Dave and others) about how to evaluate product owner’s capability. How to define a qualified product owner? We gradually achieved an agreement, like this. Enabled – have required knowledge Business knowledge Product knowledge Agile knowledge Marketing knowledge Etc. · Empowered – be […]Read more "What is the critieria for qualified PO"
Many times, we need to provide estimate the cost of a project/feature. For many Agile teams, it will be done by using relative estimate, e.g., story point and convert it to cost based on team’s velocity, like the following formula. Total # of Sprints =Total Points / Average Velocity Total Cost ($) =Total # of Sprints […]Read more "Why is estimate based on story point much BIGGER?"
I used to be involved in the project what was a very challenged project because neither business needs nor technical possibilities were clear.According to the organizational project initiation process, the business stakeholder asked for estimate about the potential requirements so they could apply for the budget. So, we tried to help the team to do […]Read more "Stop talking, start doing"
More and more organizations have started to transform themselves to be more Agile/Lean organization, through the way of bottom-up or top-down and start the journey through pilot team or product. And the outcome were very encouraging. Then the organizations started to try to scale the success to all the other areas. Then it seemed not […]Read more "Don’t fight but help middle managers"