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Create a Product Backlog

17 Jan

The Scrum Guide has a lot to say about the Product Backlog, and rightly so. It’s pivotal to everything a Scrum Team does. But one thing the Scrum Guide doesn’t tell you, is how you create a Product Backlog. So, here’s one way you can do exactly that.

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Sprint Capacity Planning

26 Apr

How do you calculate how much work to take into a Sprint? While not a part of the official Scrum Guide, Sprint Capacity Planning is a great way to establish how much work the Development Team can do. Here’s how it works.

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Dealing with Domineering Developers

01 Feb

Picture the scene: As a ScrumMaster, you note that your team has gradually become deferential to a very dominant team member. This team member isn’t always right but their natural domineering style just sweeps the team along with them. You feel certain that it’s harming the team and want to address it. But how do […]

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What Does a Product Owner Do?

24 Oct

Who’s responsible for maximizing the value of the software product you’re working on? Who’s responsible for the work of the software development team? The CEO? Head of Engineering? PMO? Software Development Manager? In Scrum, the responsibility lies with the Product Owner. In this article, I’ll detail all those things that a Professional Product Owner does […]

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How Big is Your Story Point?

22 Oct

How big is your Story Point? No, I don’t mean in hours, we all know that a Story Point to Hours comparison is impossible. I mean, when you estimate how long a User Story might take, how do you decide on the number of Story Points? What’s your yardstick?

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