Scrum

These blogposts are my opinions from reflections on topics relating to my current area of interest - Enterprise Agility, Leadership, Entreprenuership, Personal Development and Complexities of Africa.

Should Agile Teams Estimate Defects?

Should agile teams estimate defects? This a one question that teams often find themselves debate and my perspectives has changed over the years on this. The short answer is … it depends on your team context and what you are trying to achieve with estimation. Estimation is a practice that helps Agile Teams forecast the effort that is required to get a task done e.g. deliver a feature and as such, it contributes to capacity planning for the team.

Passing the PSM 1 Assessment After a Professional Scrum Master Class

Passing the PSM 1 assessment could be considered an indicator that you understand the Scrum theory and the principles that underpin Scrum. I always tell students in my PSM class, that my intention is not to make them pass PSM 1 but understand Scrum theory and principles. There are a number of exercises that Professional Scrum Trainers invite students to partake in the course of the PSM 1 class; these exercises have been designed on practical experiences of Professional Scrum Masters and these exercises create a solid foundation for you as you commence your Scrum Master career.

Getting Started as a New Scrum Master

You have just passed your PSM 1 assessment; however you would like to get some working experience as a Scrum Master. In my time as a Professional Scrum Trainer with scrum.org, the people that share this concern with me fall in 2 categories: People that have self studied for the PSM and achieved the 85% score for the PSM1 assessment People that attended a Professional Scrum Master class and achieved the 85% for the PSM1 assessment You must realise and accept that passing the PSM 1 assessment is not the end of the learning process; the journey to being an experienced Professional Scrum Master is a life long learning experience.

Usable, Useful & Valuable

In the 2020 version of the Scrum Guide, the Developers as one of the accountabilities in Scrum is defined as set of people that are committed to creating any aspect of a usable increment each Sprint. In the same version of the Scrum Guide, it is mentioned that the Scrum Team is accountable for creating a valuable, useful Increment every Sprint. A number of people have asked me if Usable, Valuable and Useful could be used interchangeably within the context of Scrum and this is my attempt to document my understanding.

Working Extended Hours Within Agile Teams

A very long time ago, I was coaching a Scrum team where a team member was on an hourly contract and was regularly billing 70-80hrs a week. Among many other ideas that I discussed with client, I advised my client was to transition this consultant away from an hourly contract to a full time with a full-time (40hours a week) contract. With this new arrangement, my client can recruit two full time consultants instead of one person at 70-80hrs week.