Agilistic

What I've learned while working with Scrum and Agile software development.

GameStorm is a technique for brainstorming developed by Bart Hufen from BrandNewGame. It uses gamification to identify areas for improvement and to make their impact transparent. We have adapted it for use in Sprint Retrospectives to support continuous improvement in teams. This format is excellent for a series of Sprint Retrospectives focused around a recurring challenge and makes very transparent what needs to be improved and how. Full credits for the format go to BrandNewGame - we only simplified it for use in Sprint Retrospectives. You can obtain all the official GameStorm materials (and many more gamification techniques and digital…

Scrum is intended as a simple, yet sufficient framework for complex product delivery. Scrum is not a one-size-fits-all solution, a silver bullet or a complete methodology. Instead, Scrum provides the minimal boundaries within which teams can self-organize to solve a complex problem using an empirical approach. This simplicity is its greatest strength, but also the source of many misinterpretations and myths surrounding Scrum. In this series of posts we — your ‘mythbusters’ Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem — will address the most common myths and misunderstandings. PS: The great visuals are by Thea Schukken. Check out the previous episodes here (1, 2,…

Liberating Structures are 33 microstructures that allow you to unleash and involve everyone in a group – from extroverted to introverted and from leaders to followers. In this series of posts, we show how Liberating Structures can be used to spice up your Scrum Events. Move away from the stickies and the whiteboards for a moment, and explore these novel facilitation techniques. If you’d like to experience Liberating Structures first-hand, make sure to join one of the ‘immersion workshops’ that are taking place in March 2018. Many people know the Five Whys from the Toyota Production System and incorrectly assume…

I love Scrum. I don’t love it because it helps teams to rapidly deliver value to their stakeholders, which it does. I don’t love it because it creates transparency in what works and what doesn’t, which it does. I don’t love it because it helps teams thrive on complexity rather than be defeated by it, which it does. I love Scrum because it is really about people. And about creating opportunities for meaningful human experiences. I love Scrum because it is really about people Sounds mushy and sentimental? Probably. But this is what drives me to…

Liberating Structures are 33 microstructures that allow you to unleash and involve everyone in a group – from extroverted to introverted and from leaders to followers. In this series of posts, we show how Liberating Structures can be used to spice up your Scrum events. Move away from the stickies and the whiteboards for a moment, and explore these novel facilitation techniques. If you’d like to experience Liberating Structures first-hand, make sure to join one the ‘immersion workshops’ that are taking place in March 2018. 1-2-4-All is one of the most applied facilitation techniques from the Liberating Structure collection. Within…