The Power of Done

Gunther Verheyen says that Scrum starts with Done and a recent incident in a Scrum Team I’m working with helped me remember the power of the Definition of Done.

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Professional Scrum Master III Exam (PSM III)

I’m following the process of becoming a licensed Trainer for Scrum Masters as outlined by ( The process is a mixture of exams and reviews in which you have to pass each stage in order to progress onto the next:


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So Where Is The Value?

In everything we do there should be some value – some importance in what we do.

If not then why do it?


Without any worth, the thing that you’re doing becomes a chore or you can easily drift on to something else. So we need to see the value in what we’re doing.

However, as a team we don’t always see the value at the same time; depending on your point of view you will see the value at different stages. Continue reading →

If It Waddles Like a Duck – It Must Be A Duck?

The saying…

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject’s habitual characteristics.  It is sometimes used to counter abstruse, or even valid, arguments that something is not what it appears to be. – Wikipedia


How about this..?

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Do Agile Development Teams Need Software Architects?

Agile allows us to commit at the last responsible moment, delivering value early and have self-organised teams.

So why have a role in a team which forces you to do upfront design on a system, when we don’t know all the requirements yet, let alone how we’re going to meet the requirements?

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Software Development is THE Hardest Thing to Explain

Explaining what you do to none software literal people is the hardest thing to do. Now that’s quite a bold statement as everything can be simplified into some simpler form; we connect this box to this box, we pass this bit of information to that place.


However, it starts to become more complex when the person you’re talking to has a bit more of an understanding of the subject matter. Continue reading →