The Lean-Agile PMO

No, the project management office (PMO) isn’t dead, it’s just different since agile came along. In an organization that does not use agile approaches, a traditional PMO might do everything from prioritizing projects, assigning people or resources to projects, managing the execution of projects, and promoting project management practices. In an agile organization, the role … Continue reading The Lean-Agile PMO

Retrospectives – Back to Basics

For a new Scrum Master, the mechanics of getting started with retrospectives are deceptively easy. Somebody tells them to write three columns on the whiteboard (What Went Well, What Did Not, Ideas) and to facilitate the discussion. The Scrum Master makes sure that management is not invited to the meeting. He/she Identifies the team members … Continue reading Retrospectives – Back to Basics

Shadow Backlog

The team was under pressure to deliver a rewrite of the flagship product after having been handed an agressive delivery date. In spite of the Scrum board and other information radiators in their area, the Scrum Master had to deliver progress reports to the CEO every day. The company president and vice presidents attended sprint … Continue reading Shadow Backlog