Sprint Review – Make it much more than a demo…

The Sprint Review, just like the iteration retrospective, is one the most important feedback loops in a Scrum team’s toolbox. According to “The Scrum Guide,” the purpose of the Sprint Review is to “inspect the increment and adapt the backlog as needed.” Let’s unpack that a bit. During the review the team and their stakeholders …

Agile, The Progress Principle, and a Healthy Inner Work Life

Not too long ago I finished reading a book titled: “The Progress Principle.” The authors’ explored the question: “What really makes people happy, motivated, productive, and creative at work…?” Plot spoiler alert: the title is a dead give away on what makes us and our teams tick: The strongest contributing factors: …

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 …

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