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This Week In #Agile April 27, 2018

Posted by Scott Kirkbright on 27/04/18 12:04

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

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Mike explains that one of the most frequent criticisms of Scrum that he hears when delivering the Certified Scrum Master course is as follows: “Scrum teams have too many meetings. With daily scrums, sprint planning meetings, sprint reviews, retrospectives and possibly even product backlog refinement meetings”.  Going further, Mike suggests that it is easy to understand the basis for this concern. His article will let you draw your own opinion.

Ira’s article highlights why you shouldn’t use Agile methods for every project that you encounter, with her offering six situations where you wouldn’t use Agile methods at all.  You may agree/disagree with some of her comments, but I found her article to be an interesting read.

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We all miss the context from time to time. This can result in bad outcomes. Mark discusses why this happens and has a reasonable approach to improve.


Story Points are a way of estimating the overall effort that will be needed to complete a product backlog item. In this article Mike, explains what the different values you can use when expressing an overall estimate of a Product Item. He also explains what three things you should be thinking about when you come to estimate a story point.

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6 very useful tips from Roman on how Product Owners can help ensure a better quality sprint review (showcase, demo etc.). Tips include including the right people are involved and splitting the meeting into two parts for the PO and Development team and then latterly to include all stakeholders.

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When it comes to getting to enterprise agility, “engaged people power the transformation, disengaged people power the failure”.  That’s the premise behind Dan Mezick’s Open Space Agility concept, an intriguing approach to rolling out Agile in an enterprise environment.  

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If you work with developers read this. It should contain nothing new. If it does read it two more times.


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