Agile Retro Games: Quiz Time with Kahoot

Need a platform to host and play your trivia games? Try Kahoot! Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that brings engagement and fun at school, at work, and at home. My kid’s teacher uses this in their online class. It is very easy to use for energizer breaks during retrospective or team-building activities, meetings orContinue reading “Agile Retro Games: Quiz Time with Kahoot”

Retro Games: Chain Reaction

For today’s retro (Agile Retrospective) game, we will play Chain Reaction. A chain reaction is a word chain of at least 7 words. A word chain is formed when the previous word connects with the adjacent word making a compound word (paired words) or connected words that make sense or recognized. Below is an imageContinue reading “Retro Games: Chain Reaction”

Best Practices: Sprint Review

Are you getting enough value from your sprint reviews? Here are the best practices I share to Developers and POs Purpose of Sprint Review Inspect the outcome of the Sprint and determine future adaptations Inspect the sprint and value delivered Adapt the backlog and the release plans Show progress toward the Product Goal Share theContinue reading “Best Practices: Sprint Review”

Retro Games: Scattergories

Scattergories anyone? Let’s start the sprint retrospective with yet another energizer game. Offline, Scattergories is a word game where a dice is rolled with letters on each side. The objective of the game is to score points by uniquely naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit. The originalContinue reading “Retro Games: Scattergories”

Contracting Consultants?

In a project, we won’t have all the necessary expertise to get the job done efficiently. It is sometimes more cost-effective to get external help from individual consultants. It is also a good idea to onboard part-timers on a project-based or time-based engagements to help out on those peak moments.To formalize the engagement a contractContinue reading “Contracting Consultants?”

Agile Estimation for Maintenance Projects

In the software outsourcing industry, our usual projects involve upgrading and maintaining existing legacy systems for our clients so that they can focus on new opportunities. In my early days as a typical Project Manager, I ask for available documentation and work products from the client and begin estimating. Equipped with piles and piles ofContinue reading “Agile Estimation for Maintenance Projects”

Bayanihan: Building Self-Organizing Pinoy Team

The essence of Agile Methodology is the Agile Team. Agile Teams are flexible, cross functional, self-managing, and self-organizing. When introducing Agile concepts to development teams, I am often asked: how can our team be self-organizing? Our custom of Bayanihan proves that Filipinos are capable of self-organizing. Bayanihan refers to the spirit of communal unity, workContinue reading “Bayanihan: Building Self-Organizing Pinoy Team”

Everything about Definition of Done (DoD)

Definition of Done (DoD) is the declaration and commitment of the team to Quality. It is a set of criteria that each unit of work must pass to be considered as DONE. Definition of Done varies from team to team, organization to organization, however when multiple teams are working on the same product, they shouldContinue reading “Everything about Definition of Done (DoD)”

Technical Investment over Technical Debt

The concept of Technical Debt is a Software Development analogy comparable to monetary debt. There are several published information regarding technical debts, its causes, and its impact. I would like to use same analogy and coin Technical Investments those “tasks” that do not add direct value or increment but will make creation of value easierContinue reading “Technical Investment over Technical Debt”

Everything about Sprint Length

While conducting training on Scrum to my colleagues, who are transitioning from waterfall development, there were several questions about Sprint Length. Here are all I know about Sprint Length: 1. A Sprint is not more than 1 calendar month Limit risk to 1 calendar month cost. Measurement is preferred to be in weeks over calendarContinue reading “Everything about Sprint Length”