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.
Being the Product Owner is a full time job.
A team member that feels comfortable will speak his mind, leading to big advantages: the cause of a certain delay being found, the reason why a person was underperforming at one time,…
We often underestimate the value of these advantages. It doesn’t have to be hard to make people feel a bit more at home. Continue reading Creating a safe space
Emotional retrospecting is me trying to stimulate participants into talking more from a personal and emotional point of view.
So how did you feel about that? What did that do to you?
I have seen teams growing and understanding each other more after everyone heard what a certain event actually did to that person.
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.
Companies that love processes, steps, following plans,… are likely to move towards Scrum for these reasons. At least from what I’ve seen. Continue reading Are we slowly killing Scrum?
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
A time for a barbecue with the team during the summer months. It’s great for the moral and people can just relax and have fun in a way that is a bit different than the daily stuff going on.
An important thing for employers to do is to stimulate fun from time to time. At Dazzle we decided to do an after-work barbecue. Continue reading When you can call your workplace a second home
A Drupal User Group (aka DUG) is a real life meetup where people attend to listen to a presentation about a certain topic and afterwards ask some questions.
We’ve given those at Dazzle HQ before, but we wanted to try it maybe just a little different this time.
A live stream through Youtube. It was an idea that lived in Dazzle.
What if we allow people to ask us questions about Drupal 8 and we reply through live video?
08:30: Driving to work after a quick cup of coffee.
09:00: Stopping at the car wash – yes it was time.
10:00: Facilitating daily scrum
12:00: Preparing retrospective
18:00: Ending the week. Time to enjoy the weekend.
So, after giving a few retrospectives in a project, I asked a team member if he wanted to give the next one. He instantly agreed and I didn’t hear him speaking about it again.
The day of the retrospective he disappeared a few minutes before.
What we saw when we entered the room was incredible. Continue reading Star Wars retrospective!