Last year I began a new year-end tradition intended to help you catch up on any of my blogs you might have missed: a countdown of my most popular posts. So without further ado, here is my second annual list: My Top 11 Posts of 2017! (If you’re curious about how we arrived at this list, more details about our algorithm are included in last year’s post.)
It’s not hard to imagine how, as the team and organization get better and better at Scrum, the ScrumMaster’s job becomes easier and easier. But does the effort ever go all the way to zero? Find out in this post.
You might never be able to eliminate all forms of micromanagement, but the tips here will help you gain greater control over most situations.
Add too little detail to a user story and the team cannot finish it an iteration. Put in too much and you create waste. Here’s how to find the balance that’s just right.
Scrum Masters and product owners can develop a habit of making statements rather than asking illuminative questions. This post details 9 questions you should start asking today.
I want to bust the agile myth that a cross-functional team is one on which each person possesses every skill necessary to complete the work. That’s just not true–and this post explains why.
Splitting user stories is hard. The five techniques presented here are the only ones you need to be able to split user stories effectively.
There are so many things a great Scrum Master does, it’s easy to overlook a few. The 8 tips here will help you fill in the gaps.
This post details some of the most effective ways to collaborate on user stories, enabling your team to deliver more value more regularly.
Being a ScrumMaster can be tough. This year’s second most popular blog post details 3 of the most common errors ScrumMasters make and some ways to recover from them.
And now it’s time to reveal the most popular blog post of 2017. Interestingly, it is similar in theme to last year’s number one. Last year’s post had to do with running a sprint retrospective. This year’s number one is focused on the sprint review:
While the demo itself is the most prominent part of a sprint review, an effective review is much more than just a demo. Here is a solid agenda that you can use to generate quality feedback in just about any sprint review.
What About You?
Are any of your favorites missing from the Top 11? Is there something you’d like to know more about in the coming year that you can’t find on the site? Please share your thoughts using the comments below.