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Awesome for you. The retrospective can be one of the most fun and informative "ceremonies" of agile. So once you get the book, Diana is going to recommended never falling into a rut and tailoring your retros based on what is the needed to be focused on, or to take the team into a new direction. When you first get started though, simple is very good. ...


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Facilitating a meeting is very different than leading a meeting. One focuses on leading the content of the meeting while the other focuses on the structure of the meeting...the facilitator being the latter. The facilitator manages the meeting plan, ensuring the flow the agenda, the objectives of each agenda item are being met, time, participation, conflict ...


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I would recommend this page. You can plan a retrospective in a very cool way - building it from 5 blocks. There is many ideas depending on what you want to achieve at a given meeting. It helped me many times when I had a lack of creativity :)


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Joels answer is great and I'll apply it also. For sure, I up voted it. My answer is to provide a second and more generalised alternative. There is a general methodology for such "problems": Collect Structure Grade / rank / assess (it's bewerten in German) How you realise the single steps depends a lot of the participating people. Collect The goal is to ...


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What you are describing may well be healthy Scrum behaviour. Scrum relies on communication between the development team members as this promotes synchronisation and improves team effectiveness. It is important to remember that healthy conversation is often a productive use of time for team members. As a Scrum Master if I saw several conversations ...


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To the questions- Having been a project manager for longer than I care to really think about, I can say that more than half the time the answer to "what can I (the project manager) help you with" the answer was "nothing". The structure of the question focuses it on the project planner, not the problem. The engineer might not even think about his argument ...


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We recently had two retrospectives where parties joined from two continents. It wasn't that different than having the whole team in one room. The key is where you store the information. It is common that teams write a shared documentation during the retrospective and that kills the dynamics of the event. Select one site and do the writing and drawing part ...


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I think the question is quite broad and the concepts of Kanban and community engagement are not related to each other. The methodology you are going to use to implement your work is something specific depending on the project itself. There might be many reasons to choose Kanban, instead of Scrum, of XP, or whatever. This represents the HOW. Another subject ...


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Have a look at 'The Design Sprint' as an alternative to brainstorming. Its a funnel like method to go from generating new idea's to a validated concept. (I have executed one and I was greatly surprised about how effective it is. Also just reading the book is worth your-while to get new idea's how to facilitate "brainstorming" sessions that do not stifle ...


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As it turned out, our programmers (the team has only 15 people) do not like long meetings, regular monitoring, and reports as well - it annoys them and distracts from working. So at the end of it, we concluded that we need only 2-3 techniques, which do not detract their attention away, while the project/product manager does the rest for them - analysis and ...


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What are known best practices of having effective stand-ups, including post scrums, and what are the responsibilities of the facilitator in this case? I will split your question: What are known best practices of having effective stand-ups, ... In this case I would follow the scrum guide. Have all team members answer the three questions. I've heard many ...


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Purpose of daily scrum meetings Daily standup meetings help the team in tracking its progress with reference to their commitment. They have made a commitment to deliver agreed upon tasks during a time-boxed duration, so they sync up daily for better team coordination to achieve the sprint goal. As per the scrum guide: The Scrum Master ensures that the ...


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The three questions are all really very similar. It may be more effective to just ask: "What roadblocks have you run into today"?


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