Planning Poker or Scrum Poker is a technique used in Scrum for estimating user stories. If you are co-located, you can use a special deck of poker planning cards, but the more handy way for modern programmers can be to use online tools. …

Satisfied client, happy team… Would you call it a success? In the end it’s the satisfaction of the both sides that matters. It’s an ultimate measure of a good work and good outcome. …

The New Scrum Guide 2020 News

In a nutshell, the Scrum Guide has been completely rewritten. I find very few sentences that remained the same. Now it’s a 14-pager, so it has been substantially shortened from 19 pages.

The “old” Scrum Guide was written in November 2017 and exactly 3 years after that the new version…

Are remote Agile teams just as great as co-located?

Internet is flooded with many opinionated articles on why remote work is our future, why remote teams are just as good in their performance and success rates as co-located, that, being a naive observer, I could have easily believed that it’s the truth. But actually my experience was radically different…

If you are thinking about becoming a Scrum Master or already working in this area for some time, it might be good to explore the certification opportunities.

It was a surprise to me, but there are certifications where you don’t need to have any prior experience to pass an exam…

I have been working as a project manager for quite some time, when I decided to enroll in the PMP certification prep. …

Coaching is one of the most useful Scrum Masters’ tools. This technique is great for solving individual’s or group’s problems and removing blockers.

Sometimes I hear from Scrum team members — my Scrum Master told us to do this and that, in a directive way, and the subject was not…

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Scrum is often associated with a task board or a physical wall of work. Stickers all around, from floor to ceiling, organized in columns.

Looks great! But how effective is that for Scrum?

If you are on the co-located team, and have a complex project, which Scrum as a framework…

Software is buggy — let’s admit it. Your testers, or your end users, occasionally find bugs even in production, so your product and sprint backlogs will most likely contain some of these.

Bug is something that needs to be done, but it’s not a story, which creates confusion around tackling…

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When I first heard of the Scrum’s imperative to build a team where everybody can do everything, I said to myself — it doesn’t make sense! I couldn’t imagine how designers can develop a quality code, how a Scrum Master can design in Photoshop and a tester back up a…

Alexandra Steskal

Scrum Master, PSM II, PMP, Co-Author: How to Launch a Startup

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