Author Archives: Steven Kuo

Let the truth be told in sprint velocity

What do we do with stories that are incomplete and end up in sprint? What do we do with them? Can we split them? The answer is no. If you cover up by splitting stories so you can show progress you defeat the purpose of using Agile. Velocity is a measure of the amount of work a Team can tackle during a single Sprint and is the key metric in Scrum. Velocity is calculated at the end of the Sprint by totaling the Points for all fully completed User Stories. If you split incomplete stories during a sprint, and mark them complete to show progress, you create a delusion that you actually completed valuable work. Do you want to know the truth? Agile is meant to show you the truth. With Scrum, it’s all or nothing. Generally, either a story is complete or it isn’t. You cannot split a story to show it complete. So, watch this video to learn why you should not split incomplete stories. Read More »

Building Rapport

During my Agile journey I have worked with many passionate, Agile people. People who know everything there is to know about Agile, so much so that if you were to break into their home in the middle of the night, shake them awake and ask them to recite the 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto they would be able to ... Read More »

Burn your story cards…Really!

In some organisations that I’ve worked in I have come across the practice of using story cards as hand over documentation for the support team. Now this goes against the grain of common Agile practice or recommendations that once a story has been delivered it’s basically worthless. You can essentially tear it up, burn it, step on it, do whatever ... Read More »