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This Week in #Agile 01/09/2017

Posted by Sarah Nevett on 01/09/17 09:00

Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team. This is our forty-ninth edition of “This Week in #Agile”, please feel free to peruse some of the articles we’ve enjoyed reading over the past 7 days.

“How to write a User Story” created by Tirrell Payton

Going back to basics, this article show how to write User Stories. Tirrell covers 5 main steps when creating stories, which are as follows; who wants the feature, what they want, why they want it, acceptance criteria and finally engaging conversation to add in any additional points.

Choosing The Team Size In Scrumcreated by Mark Levinson

Size matters. Especially with agile teams.  Mark provides some scientific support for team sizes.  “That suggests that teams larger than 7 in this dataset were just a way to spend money faster, because of the increased team size but reduced net performance.”  I would argue that distributed teams should be smaller because of the communication challenges.

Nine Questions Scrum Masters and Product Owners Should Be Askingcreated by Mike Cohn

Simple questions can trigger people to thinks things through better or get us answers we thought we did not have.  Mike Cohn lists nine questions every Scrum Master should have in his or her back pocket

August-September 2017 – Book of the Monthcreated by The Agile Times

This  month only one book: Improving Agile Teams: Using Constraints to Unlock Creativity by Paul Goddard with over 50 techniques and improv games tailored for agile teams, complete with step-by-step instructions. These games are based on five different principles of improvisational theatre.

"10 skills you need to become a great project manager" created by TechRepublic

A useful article that highlights ten skills that are needed to become an effective PM, according to members of the C-suite. As always, these are subject to interpretation, but it may be useful for PMs that are super-busy to use the 10-point list as a handrail; are you that busy that you’re neglecting one or more of these highlighted skills, or are you comfortably achieving all of them as a matter of course?  

5 Aspects of Scrum You Cannot Skip created by Pablo Pecora


Some software development teams try to adopt Scrum, but they don’t achieve the full benefits of this approach. This might be due to the fact that the teams customize Scrum in a way that is inappropriate. In this article, Pablo Pecora suggests five aspects of Scrum, like the planning poker, that you cannot skip if you want to get the benefits of Agile.

PMO Tools - RealtimeBoard created by James Furness


At Cake, we have come across a lot of new projects in our time. We have our Project Inception at the beginning of each one, which has been evolved over time and we’re always seeking ways to improve it. Here’s a look at a tool our PM’s have been using at recent project inceptions.


Here at Cake we love catching up with people's opinions and articles, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have something to share. You can contact us via email on sarahn@cakesolutions.net or on twitter @sarahcnevett

Many thanks to Praecipio for this week’s image.

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