Backlog Refinement Patterns: Ying and Yang

The Scrum Guide is a great, simple instruction book that reminds people that to get the best out of Scrum. Remember, the Scrum Guide is only 13 pages long, so don’t over complicate things. The devil is in the detail, though. While it reads very black and white, knowing how to accomplish things like Backlog…

Agile is a mindset. Agile is behaviour.

Ahmed Sidkey’s agile mindset image is one I remember fondly from a few years ago at Agile 2014 — a depiction of the differences between doing agile and being agile. I found it very useful at the time. After seeing it again at Agile NZ 2016, and looking at it’s linear flow from mindset to…

How do I run the Sprint Review?

The Daily Scrum (also known as the Stand-up) is a means for the Development Team to inspect their Sprint Goal and adapt their Sprint Backlog so that they can hold true to their commitments. Most Daily Scrums, however, turn quickly into a status report meeting either to the Scrum Master, the Product Owner, or even […]

How do I run a Daily Scrum?

The Daily Scrum (also known as the Stand-up) is a means for the Development Team to inspect their Sprint Goal and adapt their Sprint Backlog so that they can hold true to their commitments. Most Daily Scrums, however, turn quickly into a status report meeting either to the Scrum Master, the Product Owner, or even…

How do I run Sprint Planning?

Sprint Planning is an event in Scrum in which the Scrum Master, Product Owner and Development Team collaborate on what to deliver in the next Sprint. How do you run this event so that it doesn’t turn into yet another meeting? This checklist runs through the basics of Sprint Planning and a sequence of questions…

Collaboration vs Cooperation

They sound similar, and are often conflated, but what are key differences and reasons why you might want to work collaboratively instead of just cooperatively? Agile frameworks succeed precisely because they allow people the flexibility to work collaboratively. In teams that collaborate everyone is contributing to the same end goal. Collaboration, though, is an active…

What does a Product Owner do?

The Product Owner is a role in many Agile Frameworks. They are responsible for optimising the delivery of products and maximising the value of the work of the Team. But what does a Product Owner do? This ZXM document describes the role of the Product Owner in Scrum. The expectations of Product Owners – including…

What does a Scrum Master do?

The Scrum Master is a role in Scrum – an Agile Framework for optimising the delivering products. In most organisations, when someone is given responsibility they are concurrently given the authority necessary for success. Scrum Masters are in a different situation. But what does a Scrum Master do? This ZXM document describes: The expectations of…

1st Conference 2017, Melbourne. Scrum: Declutter. Optimise. Deliver.

How do you unclutter the dogma surrounding Scrum’s 20 year history? Can you find its powerful Lean, user-centred powerhouse for collaborative improvement? Some people throw away Scrum after a while through the false belief that its just for newbies, but when you get back to Scrum’s origins you can find a treasure trove of simple Patterns…

Scrum Master and Product Owner Training Sessions 2017

Over the past two years, we’ve seen a lot of Australian Government Agencies embark on an Agile journey as part of their digital transformation. ZXM has significant experience in training and coaching agile methods to government and corporates. We’ve led and supported over 500 people across dozens of teams in over 12 organisations in the last…

Dealing with Dysfunction: Agile NZ 2016

Asimov’s Laws of Robotics help man and machine get along. So, where are the laws that stop teams from hurting themselves either by action or inaction? This talk at Agile NZ 2016 in Auckland looks at adopting couples counselling patterns to treat team dysfunction. M

Silicon Review names ZXM as one of the 50 Smartest Companies for 2016

We are excited to announce that we have been named by the Silicon Review as one of the 50 smartest companies for 2016. Its been a fantiastic achievement and we would like to thank all our wonderful staff and clients for helping us achieve this fantastic recognition by peers in our field. The Silicon Review…