Is more planning the only way to reduce uncertainty in new ideas? A Stars2Road workshop experience report…

from on 17.09.2015
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Stars2Road workshop - SpiderBegins1

Long time ago, I worked with a team of programmers in Australia where we had 5 programmers that were coding happily all day long. A project manager handed us requirements and clarified them every day in a daily sync meeting. Since we were a new team and lots of us just came fresh from university, we were a young, excited and happy hacker team. We were the “classic” programmers those Continue reading

Learning Scrum with Lego

from on 07.07.2015
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One house as a part of a complex city

This blog is about our Scrum Essential Training: When designing my first Scrum training back in 2006, I came to the conclusion that Scrum cannot be taught, but the students have to experience the advantages and power of Scrum and agile within a case study. At that time, I had created the DOSBox programming example which is still in use by me and fellow trainers around the globe for Scrum.org’s Professional Scrum Continue reading

Can you find the 3 smells in “The requirement #721 doesn’t meet the Definition of Ready”

from on 28.05.2015
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Mad Developer

Let me quickly describe a potential situation how this came about. During the Sprint Planning the team had agreed to deliver the top 5 Backlog items. They had some conversations about what the items are and where the problems could lie within those. The Product Owner had the feeling that just the top 5 items were not enough and that the team was not 100% busy in the next Sprint. So Continue reading

Can you find the 3 smells in “I added a Refactoring Story for the next Cleanup Sprint”?

from on 12.03.2015
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Mad Developer

This is an interesting statement. Let’s see how often the alarm bell rang in your head. I mean how many smells you can find in that statement… Before you scroll down to read my answers, please count to 10 and try to find 3 issues. “I added a Refactoring Story for the next Cleanup Sprint”? Have you thought about it yourself? Really hard? Let’s see: 1. “I” Really? You added a Continue reading

5 things bad developers say and what to do about it

from on 17.02.2015
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Mad Developer

I talk to a lot of people (if the day is long enough) and so I get them to ask interesting questions like: “What have you learned recently?” or “What is your top 1 goal for 2020?” These questions and more leads us to interesting conversations about personal development and personal goals that a person has. Being a Scrum.org Trainer, I like to ask people questions especially related to software development Continue reading

Approaches how to scale agility

from on 09.02.2014
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Scale Agility in your Organization

There are many ways how to scale agility in organizations. All of them are valid. All of them address different prerequisites, context or scenarios. Interesting point: depending on prerequisites, context or scenarios – what approach has which benefits or drawbacks?
The course “agility at corporate level” addresses these questions. This blog is about the background, history and intentions that finally caused the development of this course. Continue reading

Inside Academy: Frank Zinner on the Professional Scrum Developer (Java) course

from on 08.10.2013
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Frank Zinner am PSD.Java Kurs

Inside Academy is a chance for course participants and lecturers to have their say, tell us what they thought of our courses and give us some critical feedback. The first two interviews were conducted following the July 2013 Professional Scrum Developer (Java) (PSD.Java) course, held in Schlieren. Below, we interview course participant Frank Zinner, a software systems engineer at Nidag GmbH in Mainz. Frank, what do you do at Nidag Continue reading

Inside Academy: Ákos Péteri on the Professional Scrum Developer (Java) course

from on 30.09.2013
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Ákos Péteri (right), Senior Consultant at Prime Force

Inside Academy is a chance for course participants and lecturers to have their say, tell us what they thought of our courses and give us some critical feedback. The first two interviews were conducted following the July 2013 Professional Scrum Developer (Java) (PSD.Java) course, held in Schlieren. We start with course participant Ákos Péteri, senior consultant at Lucerne-based IT consultancy Prime Force. Ákos, what is your role at Prime Force? I work Continue reading

Team building and Scrum training combined!

from on 24.09.2013
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Are you looking for a training that 1. deepens your knowledge of Scrum? You know Scrum from books, but you haven’t seen it in practice (and you can’t imagine how it works). Or you are doing Scrum at your company, but you are looking for ideas to improve it? 2. offers you the possibility to learn and use the latest and most proven SW Engineering Practices like relative estimation, specification by example, clean Continue reading

INVEST and SMART are not enough to be happy

from on 08.06.2013
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Requirements Engineering in the agile context

If you google for “courses agile testing”, you get over 15 million hits and the results really show a sound offering. In case you google “courses agile requirements engineering”, you only get 2.9 million hits and the quality of results is poor. Obviously, testing in the agile community is the far more interesting topic than requirements engineering. I ask: Why?! Maybe the reason is that it is so obvious. When Continue reading