What Does a Poor Product Backlog Look Like?

The Order of Product Backlogs In the world of Agile and Scrum, a question I often encounter is, “What does a poor product backlog look like?” Identifying a Poor Product Backlog Spotting a poor product backlog, in my experience, is just imagining a backlog that feels unordered, where the critical items aren’t prioritised.  🚫  When […]

How critical is a Product Owner in developing a great Product Backlog?

The Pivotal Role of a Product Owner in Cultivating a Stellar Product Backlog I’d like to clarify a vital question in the Agile world, “How critical is a product owner in developing a great product backlog?”.  💫 Come with me into the linchpin role that a product owner plays in orchestrating a successful product backlog, […]

If your backlog is not refined then you are doing it wrong

Most Scrum Teams that I encounter don’t do refinement of their Product Backlog and try to work on things that they don’t understand correctly. However, if you get to the Sprint Planning event and your backlog is not ready, then you are doing it wrong. If what you build is not of good quality then […]

Release planning and predictable delivery

Many organisations wrestle with the seeming incompatibility between agile and release management and they struggle with release planning and predictable delivery.

No Estimates and is it advisable for a Scrum Team to adopt it?

As part of the Scrum.org webinar “Ask a Professional Scrum Trainer – Martin Hinshelwood – Answering Your Most Pressing Scrum Questions” I was asked a number of questions. Since not only was I on the spot and live, I thought that I should answer each question that was asked again here, as well as those […]