Hi all the first phase of the scrum project is finished. The good news is that next week a phase 2 will start with new sprints to do and new user stories to implement.
During these final days of phase 1 we have done an internal assesment on what was fine with the Scrum methodology compared to the standard way of working.
Here the main points:
- Customer feedback all along
- Focus on features needed by the market
- Remove waste due to features not being developed
- Very well perceived by the customer
- Motivating, team spirit
- Productivity, efficiency (less time spent on sizing, spec, coordination)
- More freedom, team is empowered to devise solutions and take decisions -> More motivation. Team feels thus the owner of the feature, and not a simple executant of a task (notion of commitment)
- Work as a team, with a common objective, belong to a group
- knowledge sharing: learn more, on more various topics, knowledge on general on the product ->Can propose improvments
- Reactivity to changes
- Customer satisfaction, roadmap evolves during development
- Continuous improvement by the team via retrospectives (process, methodology, tools, etc.)
- Whole team in the same room
- Short-term commitment (pressure curb)
- No Parkinson law or Student syndrome
- Always work on new tasks (no lassitude)
- Team involvement during definition of functional needs
- Dev gets a global vision of the feature, which makes it easier to challenge the requirements, and propose more viable alternatives
- Marketing team has a better vision of how the product works, its shortcomings, the main area of improvements
- Integrate testing and quality much earlier, and done as part of the development cycle (as opposed to a verifying entity after the dev has been done)
We are in the second week of handover. During this sprint of 2 weeks we have only one user story to implement and then we have other general tasks as the delivery our CR to the integration stream. We have also some demos with teams impacted by our changes to show the new functionalities. Phase 1 of our first Scrum experience is almost finished.
Hi all, it’s the day of the demo. Here the sprint 6 commitment status.
Here a photo from the retrospective meeting of sprint 5. You can see the whiteboard with the “Well” and “To be improved” list of things. Our avatars mark the points we considered more important.
Hi all, sprint 4 is finished! Just after the demo (sprint review) we have started the retrospective meeting trying to go faster to do also the sprint 5 planning meeting in the same day. For the retrospective meeting here the agenda we have followed:
– Timeline of sprint 4
– “Well” and “To be improved” items
– Consensus on items found
– Actions to take for next sprint
Below a description for each point.
- Timeline of sprint 4
Sprint 4 - timeline
This time we have time-boxed this part to 5 minutes only. Normally we start we this “timeline” view of the sprint to show visually the main facts that happened during the sprint helping to remember maybe impediments or difficulties we have faced during the sprint.
- “Well” and “to be improved” items
Sprint 4 - "well" and "to improved"
In this part of the meeting every team member including the PO takes 10 minutes to write down things that go well during sprint and things that instead should be improved. When everybody has finished, every team member tells what he/her have found writing them on the whiteboard (Normally I’m the official writer ;) ).
- Consensus on items found
Sprint 4 - vote for items found
After the definition of the “well” and “to be improved” items, every team member takes 5 small faces representing him/her and put them near the points he/she consider the most important for the next sprint.
For this sprint the most voted “to be improved” points have been:
– The late validation of PO on user stories
– Risks linked to some user stories not taken into account
– Continuous integration platform
– UI dependency and small knowledge about UI flows
– Test scenario for new PTRs (problem) found
- Actions to take for next sprint
Sprint 4 - actions definition
This is the last part of the retrospective meeting and it consists in defining actions for the next sprint to solve the “to be improved” items chosen before. In particular for the next sprint (sprint 5) we have created the following actions:
- Inform suddenly the PO and fix the time limit of validation to the day after (late validation of PO on user stories)
- Take into account risks to prioritize user stories (risks linked to some user stories not taken into account)
- Schedule meetings with NRE team to follow-up the process to put in place the continuous integration platform (continuous integration platform)
- Add in the technical documentation the UI flows (UI dependence and small knowledge about UI flows
- Update QTP and QC tests taking into account the PTRs scenario (test scenario for new PTRs found)
Sprint 4 - scrum board final status
Here you can see our Scrum board at the end of sprint 4. There is still two unfinished user stories (not done). At the top of the board you can see instead the green posts-it where we write the actions coming from the retrospective meetings.
Here an example of how we use the small whiteboard we have in the scrum office. It is mainly used to design the new functionalities :)
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