Tobias Mayer on Agility

July 16, 2021
There are loads of blog posts, articles and podcasts about agile - what it should be, what it should do, how it should look? The problem is that a lot of what’s out there is hypothetical and not based on field experience.
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 What happens to Product Backlog Items that you can’t complete by the end of the Sprint?

July 11, 2021
The purpose of the Sprint is to deliver a ‘Done’ increment which meets the Sprint Goal.  At the Sprint Planning event, the Product Owner and the Scrum Team collaborate together to create a Sprint Goal - which describes why the Sprint is valuable - after which the Development team selects Product Backlog Items which describe what will be delivered and creates a plan for how to deliver them.  

UX the Foundation of Agility

July 7, 2021
My experience tells me that IT industry has some huge problems! First, there are many products for a lot of money that do not make sense. Second, products are created that solve the right problems in the wrong way. Third, products are created that solve the right problems in the right way but are not "sexy" in the eyes of users. All these 3 problems are addressed by the so-called User Experience. Although I must say that this is an often confusing concept. Many people hearing User Experience mean User Interface, and this is only a part of the truth! UI design is included in UX, but UX is a much, much broader concept.
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Can Scrum Work for Hard Deadlines?

July 6, 2021
If you’ve ever wondered whether Scrum can work for hard deadlines, the answer is – yes!  Not only can Scrum work in these situations, but in my experience, using this agile framework increases the probability of meeting challenging  deadlines.
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Can the Product Owner also be the Scrum Master?

June 17, 2021
Scrum is an agile project management framework that enables teams to deliver value in 30 days or less. The two most notable roles in Scrum are the Scrum Master and Product Owners. But for those new to Scrum, question we sometimes get asked is, can the Product Owner and Scrum Master be the same person?