A retrospective is one of the most important meetings in Agile – it’s the key to continual improvement in how your team operates. But it’s easy to fall into the trap of dull retrospectives where little is accomplished and everyone is just hoping to move on to the more “practical” stuff. Here are a few thoughts on how to get your retrospective ship out of the doldrums and back on track.
The ScrumMaster (or XP Coach) has a key role in keeping the retrospective relevant and productive. There are some basics that must be kept in mind: Read More
No matter how supportive you are of your organization’s move to Agile, you may find that you struggle a bit with adjusting to the changes in your role. Chances are you were promoted for your technical skills and your ability to lead projects – but it may feel like the rules have changed and you’re not quite sure what’s expected anymore. Here’s a few questions that may help you assess how far along you are in your own transition to a new way of doing things.
First and foremost, you should ensure that your scrum teams are set up for success. Things you might consider include: Read More
Every PMO needs to manage the transition as their organization adopts Agile development practices and the Scrum framework to manage the work. Here are 4 tips to successfully transition your PMO:
Invest in Project Managers- Consider 4 Questions:
- Are the project managers on your team trained for their role within the new process framework? Project managers need to know the fundamentals of Agile and Scrum: why these methods place value on principles and practices that seem counter-intuitive to what has been done before, how the mechanical processes differs from traditional waterfall, the defined Scrum roles, Scrum artifacts, and how to apply the Scrum process. Some training is necessary and ScrumMaster or Agile Certified Practitioner training classes are both good options.