Agile projects can often be like a first dance lesson where everyone is treading on each other's toes. We often are asked at Equinox IT about the roles of Project Manager and Scrum Master for Agile projects. Are they both needed? What are the boundaries? Should they be combined?
Sprints, user stories, definitions of done, daily stand-ups, backlog grooming, sprint planning, retrospectives, burn-down charts, pair programming, technical spikes, continuous integration, test driven development, specification by example, refactoring…
We regularly receive enquiries from people looking to attend our Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) courses, which are delivered by our Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning from Scrum WithStyle. Sometimes the questions are from people with little or no project, product or Agile experience. If you are in this situation, then in this post we will help you understanding whether Certified ScrumMaster training is right for you.
In my blog post Changing columns on a VSTS sprint board I was asked the following question in the comments:
"I added my custom states to my Task work item and they're showing up on the sprint board, but the Active and Resolved columns are also showing, even though I hid the Active state in the workflow. Is there something else I need to do to hide the Active and Resolved columns on the sprint board?"
Making IT succeed today involves much more than technology considerations. Modern ways of working rely on people working together in high performance teams, placing increasing emphasis on people having strong soft skills. So in this post, while we have consultants sharing technology learning on MicroServices, VSTS and Azure, we also have consultants sharing learning on cognitive bias and the human and organisational considerations for Agile adoption and transformation.