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Showing posts from March, 2021

the Post COVID-19 Workforce Return with Different Expectations

 Hey Manager,   I'm going to work from home this week, you can IM me if you need anything.  I will be at the beach with my family.  No, I'm not talking vacation - why would I... I'll be working. How will you respond? Returning to work is going to raise some command and control issues.  Are you buying the works time and presence and efforts for an 8 hour day - or has that changed?  We have experienced a different way.  Can we discuss what this means upon the return to work?

The shape of Classic Sprint Burndown Charts

 Many new leaders of scrum teams want to know what the burndown chart "should" look like.  Some even start running statistical calculations on the data (I once worked with a 'coach' that had a spreadsheet custom designed to extract just such anomalies).  The best answer I've given is a session on the whiteboard to explain: how the data is obtained how accurate & precise the data is - just good enough & not any better interruptions that MAY be made ... but only by the TEAM  So here is that whiteboard session - on index cards... Let's go one at a time. They are learning to make their work visible... praise this effort - it can be quite scary to show your work. Do not use tools that show this mathematically perfect line from start to finish.  Only robots are capable of such precession, and only with the perfect PLAN. If you see something like this in the first 3 or 4 sprints... it is a good sign.  Now reduce the scope of work by at least HALF. This is wha