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Yes, we’re done! Or are we (not)?

Yes, we’re done! Or are we (not)?

“Yes, we’re done!” And the user story is moved from being in progress to done. Then, a few months later, the same user story is being put back on the backlog, because the code seems to be a hot mess. Other items that had the first user story as its basis, appear to dysfunction.
Yes, we’re done! Or are we (not)?

Yes, we’re done! Or are we (not)?

“Yes, we’re done!” And the user story is moved from being in progress to done. Then, a few months later, the same user story is being put back on the backlog, because the code seems to be a hot mess. Other items that had the first user story as its basis, appear to dysfunction.
Team Moral vs happiness

Team Moral vs happiness

Since a while I ask every Sprint Retrospective whether the team members want to fill in the scores for 'team morals' (more info will follow later in this blog) and explain them. I have noticed that this encourages interaction between team members, how they feel in the team and that the collaboration and interaction within the team are discussed. It has already produced many good conversations and for the team this is very valuable in the cooperation. In this article 'team moral' (I did not think of it myself), what my experiences are with it and how I used it in an extended form for the Sprint Retrospective.
Seven techniques to improve user stories

Seven techniques to improve user stories

One of the hardest things to do as either a Product Owner or as a team, is to create proper user stories. Creating well-formulated user stories, backed up with the Definition of Done, acceptance criteria and maybe dependencies on other user stories/people/missing knowledge, leaves little to no room for assumptions. This has the advantage that the collective idea of that what has to be created is the same, preventing any unwanted surprise upon delivery.
Failing is learning

Failing is learning

We failed! But did we really? Failing is one the greatest mental impediments a team can experience. You probably ever felt you failed doing something, or even didn’t do something because you thought the changes of failing were far too great. This makes you feel bad and potentially keeps you from making the next step. But what if we change the perception of failing?
Learn to celebrate success

Learn to celebrate success

Celebrating success and showing that your team experiences success is one of the most important things a team can do. But why? And when to do so? First, let’s take a look what success really means.
Why servant leadership is essential 

Why servant leadership is essential 

My name is Sander Dur and I work as a Scrum Master at AgilityMasters.com. You probably haven’t missed it; the last decade working the Agile way had a major up rise. Agile has benefits for both the organization as well as the employees’ private life.