Monday, June 19, 2017

The Fast and the Furious (and other Fs) retrospective activity

Recently I lacked some inspiration for a good technique suitable for the upcoming retrospective. As the team was growing in their agile way of working, I decided to leave it to the team to come up with a nice activity. I was very surpised with the outcome. A brand new activity which we called the Fast and the Furious (and other Fs).

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Bug Battle game

A couple of years ago, I was the Scrum Master in a project. Though we had a steady delivery of business value, we also noticed that too many bugs were found by our Product Owner. The team knew it had to improve by finding and fixing bugs earlier in the process. Therefore I introduced the ‘Bug Battle’ game. How does this work?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ideal iteration length in agile projects

A question that always pops up when you start an agile project, is what is the ideal iteration length for this project. As always in agile the correct answer is "it depends". But on what?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Bicycle Game

In one of my projects I developed a retrospective technique that is the combination several other techniques. This technique I called the ‘bicycle game’ because of the result: a nice bicycle. Do you want to know, how this bicycle game works?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Enthuse the team in retrospectives during the entire project

A couple of years ago, I did an agile project with a lot of iterations. At the end of each iteration we held a retrospective. All of these retrospectives had the same agenda and each agenda item was implemented the same way over and over again.  Though we found aspects to improve every retrospective, it became a weekly grind. Starting an new project with over 40 sprints I was questioning myself: How can those retrospectives stay interesting for the team, even after dozens of sprints?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Schizophrenia in agile projects

In quite a number of projects the project manager is asked to play the role of Scrum master or agile coach as well. These roles have a different project goal and point of view. Can fulfilling both roles lead to schizophrenia?

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Tick Tack Boom game

Inspired by the game known in the Netherlands as ‘Tik Tak Boem’ or in English ‘Pass the Bomb’ I developed a retrospective game. Do you want to know what it looks like?