Importance of Concrete Action Items

By |2020-03-25T14:32:29-04:00August 31st, 2018|Process|

Retrospectives without concrete action items are pretty much a complete waste of time (and this coming from a guy who thinks the Retrospective is the MOST important discussion in Scrum!!).  Over-and-over again, when I encounter teams and organizations struggling to adopt Scrum and Agile, I often find lame, uninspiring Action ...
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Best Ways to Motivate Team Scrum Members

By |2020-03-25T14:33:05-04:00March 6th, 2017|Process|

Stop doing things that demotivate people! Seriously...there are a lot of silly things that people are expected to endure in big companies that are severely demotivating. Almost all of Peopleware is spent identifying how common practices in software management demotivates people. If it is within your power to stop these ...
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How to Fix Weak Retrospective Action Items

By |2020-03-25T14:35:59-04:00March 3rd, 2015|Process|

If your Scrum Team regularly cites "Better Communication", "Improve Quality", "Less Stress", "More Teamwork", etc., etc. as Retrospective Action Items, consider me completely unimpressed.  I like fixing those things, but as Action Items for a Retrospective, they are milquetoast and dull.  I would also guess that if those are Action Items coming ...
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