Shu Ha Ri and Agile Development

A Virtuous Agile Circle While the values and principles of Agile are minimalistic (See: Agile – What it means…) “rules” do abound – particularly in Scrum (“Generally Accepted Scrum Practices”). How we learn, follow, break, and eventually create new rules is a process much like the development of a martial artist. …

Pomodoro – Get in the Zone

tl;dr: The pomodoro technique breaks down periods of work into short (typically 25-minute) intervals called “pomodori” (from the Italian word pomodoro for “tomato” – the shape of the kitchen timer creator Francesco Cirillo originally used), separated by brief breaks. The method is based on the idea that: Multitasking, context switching, distractions …

Setting Agile Team Expectations and Agreements

By communicating clear expectation and agreements,  teams create an environment where positive norms – rather than default habits – become their operating guidelines. Think of the “Team Agreements” as the glue that helps binds a team together. This glue: Fosters trust and openness Creates a common vision Generates a nutrient rich environment for …