Does your team feel like their Sprint Retrospective is a value add activity? I’ve heard from team members that the Retro isn’t a good use of their time, or that its just a checklist item—something that has to be done. Sometimes I observe team members arrive late, or spend time working on their computer or phone, […]Read More Is your team getting value from its Sprint Retro?
One-on-one (1:1) meetings—do you set them up each month, or does your manager? Do you look forward to having a good development conversation with your manager or mentor, or are you trying to find something to say for the next 30 minutes? Think of your regular one-on-one meeting with your manager or your mentor as a […]Read More Using Scrum as a framework to have better one-on-one meetings with your manager or mentor
Does your manager request feedback for you on a regular basis, or as an input into your annual performance review? Do you request feedback for yourself from your team? Once you have feedback, hopefully you received a mix of positive and critical, but constructive, comments that will help you learn and grow. Feedback is a […]Read More So you have a feedback survey, now what?
On the teams where I have worked, a common topic during Sprint Retrospectives is what exactly should be included in the acceptance tests for each user story. How does the Analyst best communicate to the team how the software should behave? How will the Tester know what tests to execute? I really like the joke […]Read More Efficient acceptance tests are all that’s required