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Anyone want a great development job



Work with Ken Schwaber at , full stack web developer/technical team lead, Burlington MA 

Help me build new tools and evaluate data. 

Ken




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Open (free) Product Owner Assessment



What does a product owner do? What attributes make for a good Product Owner? What does a Product Owner do when ..... ?


Take a quick test. See how your impressions of product ownership match with mine. 


The test/assessment is free and open to anyone. 


Let me know what you think.


Ken



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When a sprint has been canceled...



Hi,

I'm wondering what ceremonies have still to take place once a sprint has been canceled and Scrum Guide has very little guidance on this.

Should Spint Review and/or Sprint Retrospective still take place and how soon?


Thanks in advance



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Re: video showing swarming



Mob programming is Swarming with the dial set to 11… try Woody Zuill’s blog or twitter stream for videos / presentation on Mob programming

On Jul 27, 2015, at 1:07 PM, Jean Richardson jean <at> azuregate.net [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:


Little concerned abt using someone else's proprietary material . .  .

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
On Jul 27, 2015 9:31 AM, "Michael Wollin yahoo <at> mercurysw.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT]" <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Ooh! That would be nice. There was a fun one created for internal use at Cisco, but it's company proprietary. It was useful as you said to illustrate the idea. 

Michael 

On Jul 27, 2015, at 8:54 AM, 'Jean Richardson' jean <at> azuregate.net [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Is anyone aware of a publicly available short video showing a Team’s interactions during swarming?  I’m coaching a Team on this practice this afternoon, and such a video would make a great introduction.  I haven’t been able to find anything.

 

--- Jean

 

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video showing swarming



Is anyone aware of a publicly available short video showing a Team’s interactions during swarming?  I’m coaching a Team on this practice this afternoon, and such a video would make a great introduction.  I haven’t been able to find anything.

 

--- Jean

 


Jean Richardson

Azure Gate Consulting

~ Repatterning the Human Experience of Work

 

AzureGate.net

(503) 788-8998

Jean <at> AzureGate.net

 

 

 



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User stories as a negotiation between problems and solutions



What does it mean to work on/implement a user story? You could think of a user story as a problem to be solved.

Here are my proposed guidelines on how to think about user stories.

  • Solutions improve problem understanding and may also create new problems - when you create a solution you understand the problem better
  • Problems are subjective - it’s common to think of solutions being subjective. However, problems themselves are subjective for a variety of reasons
  • Thinking approaches which redefine the problem - there are various techniques which may redefine the problem
  • Developers should contribute to problems as much as clients
  • Solutions always involve compromise
  • Design solutions are always holistic
  • Problem solving is a non-linear, endless process
  • Instead of thinking of a linear process from problems to solutions, it’s more accurate to think of user stories as a negotiation between problems and solutions


Here is a link to a article that I wrote:

User Stories as a Negotiation Between Problems and Solutions - Ministry of Testing


Feedback?

I think what I have written shows a unified view of testing and development, where the focus is on solving problems. This also doesn’t focus on roles and activities, but is more about the end goal.
Although I have spoken about user stories, this can be applied to any software development approach. It’s just a bit easier to think about user stories since they are end-to-end.





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Greetings from Utrecht University



Dear colleagues,


I am sure the majority of you have experience with user stories. My name is Garm Lucassen and I have worked with user stories for about 2 - 3 years as a software developer. Now, as part of my PhD research at Utrecht University, I am conducting a survey on user stories as a means to express software requirements and we are incredibly interested in hearing your thoughts. 


Our goal current is to de termine to what extent practitioners perceive user stories to increase their work productivity and quality. In the end, my personal objective is to legitimize user stories as a best practice among academics - a fight that surprisingly hasn't been fought yet.


We would be grateful if you could forward this message to your contacts that may be using user stories in their projects, and fill out the survey yourself if you are (or have been) using user stories in your projects. 


Link to the questionnaire: http://garmlucassen.nl/survey


Thanks in advance. 


Best regards, 


Garm Lucassen, Fabiano Dalpiaz, Jan Martijn van der Werf, Sjaak Brinkkemper 



PS: I think it is ok to post this here, but I apologize profusely if you think of this as spam.




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Scrum Sprint Planning - How to run a really good one?



Hello Team.

The most difficult meeting in Scrum, in my opinion, is the Sprint Planning.
To mitigate this situations I am using some tips that i learned during the last 4 years that I am running Scrum.

I would like to share it with you and get your opinion about it, and of course, if you could give me more tips.

Here is the article i wrote: How to make a Really Good Scrum Sprint Planning Meeting - Valuable Tips and Shortcuts

Please, tell me your considerations and extra tips.
Hugs and Peace

 



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Re: Performance Reviews



Ron, I agree that it is unclear... but let me see if I can make it better, then if I can, I'll suggest changes to Jeff (He and I had traded emails earlier on clearing up the article).

Imagine these notes under the headings as such:

The Process Takes Three Meetings to Initialize
(In the Review Template linked down below, this section refers to the "Individual Performance" part of that Review Template)

and..
The Review Ratings
(In the Review Template linked down below, this section refers to the "Development Team Rating..." part of that Review Template)

While this may not be the best way to fix the article -- does the above help your "shared understanding" of how the review process works?

(One other "hole" is who does the "Company Rating" on the Review Template)

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Hi Charles,

On May 26, 2015, at 9:51 PM, Charles Bradley - Professional Scrum Trainer and Coach chuck-lists2 <at> emailchuck.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:

I'm not seeing what you're talking about.  Can you be more specific?

Reluctantly, here are some thoughts. Reluctant, because ideally they’d be addressed privately to Jeff, not to this group. But you did ask.

In essence the core algorithm of the article comes down to:

  1. Employee rates self;
  2. Employee and reviewer discuss ratings;
  3. Reviewer rates employee;
  4. Employee rating stands.

At this moment the reader is all WTF, the employee rating stands??. What follows doesn’t help alleviate the WTF.

In particular this section:

The higher rating supercedes the lower. If the reviewer gives a 4 and the team gives a 7, it is a 7 and so forth. This review is a form of 360 degree feedback where the review process is designed to surface gross disparities between market perception, customer perception, company perception, team perception, reviewer perception, and individual employee perception of their performance. Gross disparities are rare and should be dealt with on an exception basis.

… seems to be saying that there is a team rating. Are we talking about a single employee, rated by their team? If so, there’s something missing above? Are we talking suddenly about how to rate a whole team (which could be a good review idea)? If so, then the first part should have said “Team rates itself”, etc ...

The quoted section goes on to refer to a number of “perceptions”: market, customer, company, team, reviewer, individual. (Likely this should have been a new paragraph.) Either way,t the procedure itself only addresses what the reviewer and the individual do. Somehow a whole bunch of people seem to have popped into the equation. Compiler explodes with “undefined term” messages.

Naturally, I can imagine an answer. the problem is, I can imagine many disparate ones, mostly wrong.

One candidate answer is: “either the employee or reviewer may make [un]substantiated claims about the views of other individuals or groups regarding the employee’s performance”. If I guess that, which seems a possibly sensible thing to do, I’m still left with a huge gap in understanding how those claims would be created, used, assessed, or adjudicated. It also puts quite a burden on the other people involved, since in fairness, the employee and the reviewer should both be engaged in getting this information. (Together, one would have hoped, but together isn’t part of this scheme.)

Another answer might be “use common sense”, which makes the questioner go away but each questioner goes away with a different answer in his head, since “common sense” is never common and often not sense. 

Overall, in my opinion, the article leaves too much to the imagination, which means that this advice will be used, if at all, in random unintended ways. The rubber doesn’t meet the road. 

Ron Jeffries
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Metrics for Product Backlog



Hello,


PO is said to be responsible for maximizing the value of the product and work of the team, and SM is to help her.


But how to 'measure' effectiveness of product backlog management? The goal behind the question is to understand if PB can be managed more effectively.


Is there any set of metrics that can answer the question? 


I know people use Lead / Cycle time etc, but it may be there are others there in the wild that I've never heard of.




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