You probably noticed that during summer vacations, items don’t fly to that ‘done’ column. In most cases, this is due to the absence of people. Not only the development team but also Product Owners take a vacation too.
Most people in IT are working from home, or are very little at the office, during these Corona times. Myself, I’ve been a part of the teams, as the architect and/or coach, creating multiple MVP applications in a matter of days, for the Flemish government, to support companies survive this financial disaster by allowing them to request premiums.
Pulled out of the comfort zone of seeing a colleague’s face on a daily base, to an online video chat mimicking that feeling. The balance between working/personal life is put under pressure. Some people had their kids at home while still working. Continue reading Working in Corona times
Treasure hunters is a theme you can use to make the retrospective even more fun. As the team uses the sprint goal as their treasure, they will highlight events within the iteration that were positive or negative and had an influence on the outcome of the iteration. Continue reading Treasure hunters
I often get the question from people that are starting a project how much time the Product Owner will spend on the project. Yes, this question mostly comes from the client side if the PO is assigned by them.
Figuring out who can help you with what and vice versa.
Exposing your strengths and weaknesses to others.
… And many more
When working together, it feels like you’re in a relationship, which it basically is. All good relationships have fundaments created together. It should not always be work. Doing fun things together thickens that bond.
Most companies I’ve seen implementing an Agile framework, are using Scrum.
I believe that Scrum is commonly used due to the fact that it’s pretty strict. Meaning: You will do the Daily Scrum daily and according to its three key topics. You will have a retrospective at the end of each sprint and also come out with improvements that you can implement in the next iteration.
Some development teams have a member that always saves the day, can handle any error and write a fix for it. I’m talking about the person you go to when you’re stuck with a logical programming issue.
These people are amazing and really can save the day.
But there is a pitfall. At least, it depends on the person. In this article I am calling the superhero the saviour who enjoys the attention of saving the day. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that(! don’t get me wrong here), it might be unhealthy for the team. Continue reading The team’s superhero
Back from a great vacation not so far from Saint-Tropez. Le Muy, where I stayed, is about 50 km away from Saint-Tropez. The easy way is to drive to Sainte-Maxime by car and get into the taxi speedboat. Continue reading Welcome to Saint-Tropez