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Sprint Retrospective Using The World Cafe Method

Sprint Retrospective Using The World Cafe Method

Facilitation, Leadership, Retrospectives
The Sprint Retrospective provides one of the best opportunities for Scrum teams to discover improvements. Retrospectives aren't the only opportunities. And Scrum Teams aren't the only organisation members that need to discover opportunities for improvement. This post will describe a facilitation tool that I've used to help teams and other stakeholders discover such opportunities. For each, I will also describe a situation in which I used it effectively. The name of the organisation will be anonymised. Sprint Retrospective using the World Cafe Method The method: The World Cafe is a large group facilitation technique that facilitates people to engage in dialogue. It's simple and effective. The 7 principles follow below. Setting - set up the environment for small group discussion. Use round tables covered in flipchart paper or a paper…
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To Scrum Or Not To Scrum?

To Scrum Or Not To Scrum?

Agile, Ask me anything about Agile, Scrum
Question When might you advise a client to apply XP, Lean or a non-Agile approach to workflow instead of Scrum? Let me answer this question by describing an actual situation. Context I once coached a programme of teams at a large corporate that had to automate a manual and laborious business process onto an off-the-shelf product. This programme had been working in a waterfall manner for a year and had managed to automate a small subset of the business process. A new CIO was employed and decided that this programme needed to implement Scrum because it would help with faster delivery. When I arrived the teams had been set up, consisting mostly of contractors from different contract houses. Project Managers were in-house and expected to be Scrum Masters as well.…
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Upcoming Talks and Workshops

Upcoming Talks and Workshops

Talks
I'm going to be giving a few talks and workshops over the next 3 months. Hope to see you there. Scrum User Group of South Africa (Cape Town, South Africa) - October 2017 - Workshop: no one is as smart as all of us - rebooting collaboration.  Learning Outcomes: Understand the characteristics of good collaboration; understand what are the favourable conditions for collaboration; gamestorm new approaches to collaboration. (more…)
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