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Effective communication in a distributed Scrum team

Since I’m working in a distributed team for nearly 3 years I can share some thoughts

Scrum is simple, but is not easy to apply

let me add

…and it’s even more evident in a distributed team.

Let’s first take a look at the situation:

  • different timezones
  • non-native language speakers
  • different environment/infrastructure
  • poor communication

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Be a role model, lead them by good examples

Let me be brutal: everyone wants the others do what he thinks is the best. Someone reach this goal with his authority, someone is authoritative. Someone over-rule others with power, others are well-informed and considered experts on their field.

A scrum master is an unpowered role by definition and while he should be well informed, hardly is an expert like a senior developer. How can we drive the team in the right direction? If you read the title you know yet: by good examples, be a good example for your team. Continue reading “Be a role model, lead them by good examples”

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Why you should question yourself about WIP Limits in Kanban

When I begun working with kanban I was member of a team really committed to make kanban efficient. We were reflecting on the bottlenecks and smoothing the processes, updating the k-board, introducing new columns or rows according our needs, adjusting WIP limits from time to time and so on. At the beginning everything had a sense, until we had too many columns and too many WIP limits. Continue reading “Why you should question yourself about WIP Limits in Kanban”

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Backward Kanban: a different approach to Kanban

If you had read my previous post about Kanban, you are re-thinking about WIP limits.
Why do we introduced limits? To avoid too many things in parallel. But the real goal we want to achieve is to complete stories as fast as possible and studies show the best approach is to have a regular pace.

Well the focal point of this article is to focus on complete stories before kickstart new ones. Introducing the idea of priorities in the Kanban instead of limiting columns. Continue reading “Backward Kanban: a different approach to Kanban”

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Is Scrum right for web development industry?

Reading the recent Dave West’s article I’m questioning myself about Scrum in web development industry.

I’m quite expert for this sector, web development, in this post I want to discuss about this question:

Does scrum works well for web development?

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The Chicken and the Pig

The business fable of The Chicken and the Pig is about commitment to a project or cause. When producing a dish made of ham and eggs, the pig provides the ham which requires his sacrifice and the chicken provides the eggs which are not difficult to produce. Thus the pig is really committed in that dish while the chicken is only involved, yet both are needed to produce the dish.