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This Week In #Agile July 06, 2018

Posted by Scott Kirkbright on 06/07/18 11:06

Hello again from BAMTECH Media and our Project Management Team. Welcome to this, our  one hundredth edition of “This Week in #Agile”. Please feel free to peruse some of the articles that we’ve enjoyed reading over the past week.

Mike Cohn: “What Is a Product

If you work in a Scrum team, you undoubtedly know that you should have a product backlog and product owner; but what, exactly, is a product?

For some teams, this can be a rather fundamental question, after all, an organization cannot identify appropriate product owners, teams and roles without first knowing what its products are. If there is to be one product backlog per product, we need to know what our products are before creating a product backlog for each.

Scott Kirkbright

Jay Arthur: “Lean Simplified - Value Stream Mapping - Patient Scheduling

Value stream mapping is a way to find waste in process; I have seen many complex examples. I like Jay’s approach. It is simple and will allow you to quickly find the low hanging fruits.

Jonathan Orgel

John CutlerAgile Makes No Sense

Stuffing agile down people’s throats will, at best, get you compliance. John reminds us that we have to show the benefits of each change that we suggest,  changing one baby step at a time.

Jonathan Orgel

Mike Cohn: “The Four Reasons to Have a Consistent Sprint Length

An agile team should maintain a consistent sprint length; unfortunately, when I first began doing iterative and incremental development (even a bit before doing what today we’d call agile development), I made the mistake of not having all of our sprints be the same length.

Scott Kirkbright

Dan Radigan: “Inside Atlassian: four steps to better sprint planning

Sprint planning is a key ceremony within your team's Scrum cadence. The 4 steps that Dan explains in his blog will give you a greater chance of  having a successful planning session. There are also a few bonus examples, and animated examples regarding how to fully execute functions on Jira.

Mark Kirkbright


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