Values, values, values

Actual values are the behavior and skills that are valued within the ‘fellowship’. The fellowship being the group of people pursuing some—noble—goal. The Scrum Guide from 2016 pulls the Scrum values back into its center. Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland call it the heart of Scrum. The agile and lean frameworks, methods, and practices—like XP, Scrum […]


Goldilocks is an interesting technique and basically doing the opposite of estimating: You shape the work into the desired sizes. Vote each item into one of three piles: “Too Big”, “Just Right”, and “Too Small”. Split any “Too Big” items into “Just Right”-sized ones. Group any “Too Small” items together into “Just Right”. The Goldilocks […]

Writer’s Workshop

ScrumPLoP Writer’s Workshop. A very sketchy note of: *[ Hillside Group » How to Hold a Writer’s Workshop]; and *[ Writer’s Workshop Cheat Sheet] (PDF). Just let me know if you would like a sketch that’s a bit more polished, and I’ll draw one up.

Ready Equals Done

Scrum has much ado about Definition of Ready and Definition of Done. The Definition of Ready for the current phase equals the Definition of Done for the previous. Likewise, the Definition of Done for the current phase equals the Definition of Ready for the next. They are the two sides of the same membrane. So, […]