Scaled Agility or Big Process?

Posted on: July 20th, 2021

Crossing the threshold of agility

What is a Sprint Demo?

Posted on: July 9th, 2021

What is a Sprint Demo?

The Sprint Demo should be the most exciting meeting on any team’s calendar. Why? Because it is the team’s chance to showcase and celebrate all the hard work they accomplished over the course of a sprint.

Traditionally, the Sprint Demo happens at the end of each sprint with the development team, scrum master and product owner, plus anyone who would be interested in the team’s progress, such as customers and stakeholders.

Increasing Collaboration and Trust in any Kind of Team

Posted on: June 7th, 2018

We’ve all had the experience of being in a group where everything is flowing really well, people are aligned, and everyone’s energy is high. Then one person says or does something that seems to pop the bubble, and the flow of good ideas stops. The typical response in these situations is a kind of uncomfortable silence followed by a disinterested push to get back to the topic at hand. Everyone in the room can sense that something is different but few are aware of what happened, and almost nobody is aware of the actual phenomenon at work.


Posted on: March 6th, 2017

Anyone who has created a truly Agile result at any level of any organization can speak to the elegance of how everything fits together, how information flows, and the way in which actions taken at the smallest task level both impact and are directly informed by everything taking place at larger or higher levels. The most seasoned Agile practitioners will (if they’re being honest) tell you that these “uber” results are very few and far between, but when they happen, there is an elation that seems to roll through everyone involved, that is difficult to express or quantify.

Measuring Actual Business Value Delivered

Posted on: March 5th, 2017

The most accurate way to measure the success of any Agile team, is by validating the actual Business Value delivered with the delivery of working software, and measuring performance based on your Key Performance Metrics to see whether your product is performing to expectations. This is something we call a Long , or Customer Feedback Loop.

Estimating the Business Value of Stories

Posted on: January 5th, 2017

The business value of a product is defined by the product owner as part of the process of developing the product vision and initial product roadmap.

Business value is very specific to the type of product being developed but examples may include:

What is VALUE?

Posted on: December 10th, 2016

This next series of posts will talk about what  we mean by “Value,” and how we know whether we are delivering it.

If you ask anyone you work with if they think they are delivering value to the business or to their product, they will most likely say “yes” (if they say “no” you probably have an interesting conversation ahead, stick with it!). If you were to ask them what they thought delivering value meant, they would probably tell you about the many activities they perform throughout the day, but how do we know whether they are valuable?

What is a Definition of DONE, and why do we need one?

Posted on: August 8th, 2016

The goal of the Definition of DONE agreement is many fold, and it exists not only to create a standard by which teams can operate so that they can feel confident that when someone says, “I’m DONE!” they know precisely what that means, but also to ensure that all involved stakeholders understand when, why, and how to engage with a given team, and what they can expect from their contributions.


Posted on: July 8th, 2016

In order for the team to review the work done in the previous Sprint/Iteration, a Sprint/Iteration Review is held. Note that this is not the occasion for the team to present the work to the Product Owner.

This Review meeting should be scheduled for the first available time slot after the end of the previous Sprint/Iteration and last 30 minutes for a single team, or up to 30 minutes per team for multiple teams in a single program. It is common for teams to schedule the first 30 minutes of their Sprint Planning meeting to review the previous Sprint.


Posted on: June 5th, 2016

At the end of each Sprint/Iteration, a Demo meeting is held where the Team shows what they accomplished during the past 2 weeks. Given that Agile is an empirical process, and the goal of every Sprint is to product Potentially Shippable Software, only work that meets the Definition of DONE is demonstrated at the end of the Sprint. The Demo usually consists of the development team, the Scrum Master, the Product Owner, but is essentially an open meeting, and all stakeholders, leaders, and interested parties are invited and encouraged to join to observe the team’s progress.