Determining Sprint Length

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There is no one-size-fits-all, magic bullet for determining a sprint length that works well for every team. Originally, Scrum called for one-month sprints, but nowadays many teams have been successful with two-week or even one-week sprints.

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Release Planning in Agile (Scrum and XP) Projects

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The most frequently asked question on any project might be, “When will you be done?” or “Will you have it all done by a certain date?” We all have experienced times when our projections have been way off and we’ve suffered as a result. Scrum promises a more adaptable planning scenario, one that allows for and indeed expects change. But does that promise mean that we don’t have toor can’tdo release planning any more?

The simple answer is no.

The Experiment

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I went to Sweden for Microsoft TechDays a couple weeks ago and right before I left I found out my sessions were at the end of the day on both days, which was fantastic! I thought to myself – should I change over to the local time zone, which was nine hours ahead of my home time zone of Pacific?

Scrum: Adding the Fourth Question to the Daily Standup

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I have been working on or with Agile teams, mostly Scrum, for almost four years now.  On my first team, the Falcon team, and teams ever since, I have noticed a trend in the Daily Scrum meeting where people will say things they think the other team members want to hear.  I found this disturbing as you can imagine, and I found a solution to prevent it.