We are committed to champion software excellence and challenge the current practices. Our aim is to constantly improve: business, product, and teams. That’s why, in this last month we carefully selected pieces of advice, practical ideas for you & your team to improve and grow. For you to easier access them, we present you the... Read more
Our colleague, Adi Bolboacă, had a session at Agile Talks #17, a community event where we constantly make a contribution. Find out more about from the below presentation, containing topics on: cross-functional teams habits and their importance group decisions estimates scaling The video material is here. If interested in the above topics, set a meeting... Read more
This article was published first in Today Software Magazine, no 16. Below it’s the full version. The authors are Alexandru Bolboaca and Adrian Bolboaca. In 2001, a group of people unpleased about the state of software development gathered in a mountain ski resort from Utah. One thing leading to another, they started discussing about the industrial methods applied at the... Read more
Challenge the way you work. Stay happy & productive! Let’s continue to explore together how you can challenge the status quo and the way you work. After seeing 2 useful methods for the Product Owner | Business Analyst | Product Manager role, you will find in this article techniques you can apply if you are a Scrum... Read more
Challenge the way you work. Stay happy & productive! My colleagues, advising or coaching teams to be happy and productive, listen and learn constantly about the challenges they have during the day-to-day activity. In the next series of articles, we share with you practical solutions to common challenges encountered when developing software products, as well as new techniques to help... Read more
How do you feel at the end of a product demo? Happy? Energized? Ready to celebrate? Does this feeling last? My colleagues and I have seen our share of Scrum Meetings. We wrote previously about the Daily Scrum, and decided to focus on demos this time. Many of the demos we’ve seen had issues, and some... Read more
When adopting Scrum, a common concern for both teams and managers is “What do we do with the Team Leader role?”. We discussed this delicate issue earlier this year at the AgileWorks meetup in Timisoara. There were still unanswered questions after the first meeting, so we had to schedule another one. In this blog post, I... Read more
The Mozaic Works coaches have many conversations with people who have burning questions about Scrum, either in community or during trainings. We’ve decided to start answering the most common ones in a series of “Burning Questions” blog posts. This blog post is the first. 1. How do I convince my team to buy into Scrum?... Read more
Every week, me and Claudia discover 2-3 potential bugs in the product we are developing during our code review sessions. This happens despite a very structured way of work and despite applying ATDD and Test First / TDD. Yet developers and technical leads complain to me in the community or during coaching sessions and workshops... Read more
Watch the video from the first edition of Bucharest Agile Talks, where Flavius Stef picks a winner in the battle of Scrum versus Kanban. Or does he?
The Sprint has finished and the team has several incomplete stories. Is it ok to present partial work during the Sprint Review?
Do we need a full time Scrum Master or is it a part time role?
Are you facilitating meetings where only half the team gets to speak? Here are a few simple tips to get the entire team involved.
What are the main responsibilities a Scrum Master should take care of? This post identifies four major 'hats' they should wear: team facilitator, performance guardian, servant leader and change catalyst.
Recently, I participated in an experiment for Product Development. It was during a weekend, in the mountains, with a team of 8 persons from Bucharest Agile Software Meetup Group. We didn’t know each other very well and we have not been working together before. Our misson was to develop a product in a day and... Read more
A few days ago I published a blog post with resources for ScrumMasters. I was saying how, since it’s a relatively new role, it requires new skills to get it right, so people often ask me for learning resources. Well, the same goes for the Product Owner role. In the past, things were clear: we had... Read more
Quite often after a Scrum workshop, the newly appointed ScrumMaster will approach me and confess that this role is much harder than they had anticipated. I really sympathize with that problem. The role is deceivingly simple at first glance, but really challenging to do in real life. So I’ve gathered a list of resources that should... Read more
A Scrum Master friend of mine missed Karaoke night on Saturday because she had to stay until midnight at work getting the release out of the door. Briefly, the story is like this: It was the release week and the new version of the application should have been on UAT environment on Thursday night. Even... Read more
I developed software products for about 5 years and collaborated with Product Owners (PO) during this time. I will share in the following my perspective as a developer about this role and about working together with POs. I was surprised when I first read about the definition of a product owner, after working for a... Read more
You might be wasting your time in ineffective daily meetings because you are asking the wrong questions. Could other questions give us a richer understanding of the current Sprint? The boring Daily Scrum I think the Daily Stand-up is one of the most misunderstood agile practices. As a coach, I get to see many teams... Read more