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Knights, Squires, Dragons and Story Points?

Nice click bait isn't it? Bare with me and I shall help you see that this might really not be the case. I always found explaining the concept of Story Points difficult. First of all, if you go to the creators of Extreme Programming and Story Points: Kent Beck and Martin Fowler, you find very little information in their books and if any, then not really helpful i.e. concept of 'ideal dev weeks' or blunt 'You can't put ten pounds of shit into a five pound bag'. When you are experimenting and showing how the team could decouple from using time-based estimates, you feel there is something wrong. Otherwise than that, you find articles all over the web titled 'Story Points are Effort', 'Story Points

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Dual Track Scrum

Recently, I have been given a task to visualize a successful implementation of Scrum with a special emphasis on Product Organization within the company. It was a part of a larger interview process for an Agile Coach role. Here is what I came up with: Two tracks to rule your company There are two tracks on which your company rides. The metaphor here is that it is a train with a magnetic drive (we are in XXI century and build products with modern technology, right?). However, should one track fail it will come to a complete halt. It is rather obvious that failing at Product Delivery Track will stop the progress at your company, be it measured in money earned or innovations that it brings to

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Boards do not have to be boring!

Today I would like to showcase a bit of my creative spirit and by example explain the evolution of a team's board used for daily re-planning activity during Daily Scrum. I specifically do not use the term Kanban Board because the way I designed those boards might be unorthodox to say the least. First there was chaos What's this all about, you might want to ask? Well, the guys are having fun with the Marshmallow Challenge but the photo bomber is this Kanban board in the background that the team used to have. I mean no-one would possibly know the state of affairs in the sprint even when examining it with the highest attention possible and from the closest possible distance. Enter The New New Board

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I got interviewed by Vasco Duarte!

You probably know me a little bit already, but who is actually Vasco Duarte you might ask? I did not know Vasco until September of 2015. At that time I wanted to go for a conference to learn, meet new people and grow. There were only a couple of places I could choose with my limited training budget. Prague was close to my heart and an obvious choice. I lived in Prague for more than a year and still feel that the city is... no, no, not my second home but in fact home. I was hired by a Scandinavian investment bank (yeah, I am a strange Agile Ninja) and moved there just after wedding with my wife. A great honeymoon indeed. But, I digress :) Of

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