When is ‘Done’, truly 100% ‘Done’?

When is ‘Done’, truly 100% ‘Done’?

When working through any Product Backlog, it’s essential that the whole Scrum Team have a clearly defined and mutually agreed understanding of when each backlog item can be deemed as complete. Without this collective and transparent agreement, teams may struggle to get product backlog items 100% truly ‘Done’ within a Sprint. This is explained further by the Scrum Guide; “When a Product Backlog item or an Increment is described as “Done”, everyone must understand what “Done” means.  Although this varies significantly per Scrum Team, members must have a shared understanding of what it means for work to be complete, to ensure transparency. This is the definition of “Done” for the Scrum Team and is used to assess when work is complete on the product Increment.” The Scrum Guide (p.16) The below example of ‘Done’ is fairly typical for a team early on in its adoption of Scrum within a corporate... Read More
XP – The black hole at the centre of the Agile galaxy

XP – The black hole at the centre of the Agile galaxy

Keen astronomers will be aware that we live on a planet orbiting a small star on an outer arm of a spiral galaxy consisting of many stars. At the centre of our galaxy, as is the case with most galaxies, lies a supermassive black hole. Many millions of times the mass of our sun but invisible, the black hole cannot be seen but its gravitational pull affects everything in the galaxy. Eventually, everything in the galaxy will be pulled together to become one unimaginably big black hole. There are many Agile methods and you might consider them stars in the galaxy of work management methods. Some might say the brightest star in that galaxy is Scrum, as it is by far the most popular of all agile methods. What is less well-known is that it wasn’t always the brightest star. Around the turn of the last century, Extreme Programming... Read More

Agil8 Insights: Certified Scrum Developer Testimonial

Rickard Jones shares his experience of Agil8’s Certified Scrum Developer course, and highlights how he feels it has really benefitted him in his Agile journey. I am an Agile Coach by trade. However, I want to talk about my recent experience of taking the  Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) course with Agil8. Hopefully providing insight to others who may wish to take the CSD in the future. After many years doing a hands-off Scrum Master and Agile Coach role, my technical nature got the better of me and I moved into a more Technical Delivery role. Despite the Business often courting me to cross-over as a Product Owner, I never relented. It was good to be back in the depths of the techie world. But I had a problem; while I have always kept up-to-date on technology, the practical side hadn’t been battle-tested for a while. I needed to get... Read More
The Fortune 500 Pay Counter

The Fortune 500 Pay Counter

How much more are top CEOs being paid than their workers? We’ve compared some of the highest earning CEO salaries at Fortune 500 companies to the average worker pay to reveal the huge difference in take home... Read More

Acquiring SEUs for CSP – and Agile Workshop Facilitation

Many of our past students express an interest in the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) qualification, and so recently we sent an email to them all providing  further information about requirements – some useful reference information in order to help them  acquire those illusive 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs)  and  support  their  CSP application. A copy of the email is shared below. We  will  follow up this first email, in a series, with supplementary emails with additional advice so do get in touch if  you would like to be added to the mailing list (enquiries@agil8.com). We would  also like to recommend one of our upcoming courses which is eligible for Category B SEUs. Our Agile Workshop Facilitation course, taking place on 25-26 April, is one of two Scrum Alliance-approved Advanced Agile courses (the other being the Agile Analysis and Story Writing course) and, our April course coming up will be... Read More

Tardis Estimating

Here’s a rough diagram of the UK mainland. I know it’s not the best representation you’ve ever seen but I’m only using it to demonstrate a point about estimating, not to give lessons on UK geography. If we were asked to use this to estimate the distance around the coast of the UK mainland, we could take a piece of string, put it around the outline of the picture and then measure the piece of string, just like the red line in the second diagram below. “Well, that’s not very helpful!” you say. Is it not? Doesn’t it actually tell us quite a bit? For example, It tells us it’s unlikely I’ll be able to swim that distance in a day. Which, if our intention is to travel around the outside of the UK, is an important thing to know. It could very well inform us of the choices... Read More