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Descaling instead of scaling: Why scaled agility should simplify the organization.

 

Quo vadis agile scaling?


More cheese, more holes

More holes, less cheese
More cheese, less cheese

Is this paradox cheese? Possibly. And is it transferable to the organization of organizations? It is possible.
One thing is certain: to achieve more with less in terms of organisation is not such a far-fetched idea at the latest on second thought. Especially when it comes to scaled agile frameworks, this idea is just too contrary. Continue reading Descaling instead of scaling: Why scaled agility should simplify the organization.

Agile Myths: User Stories – a mandatory format for Scrum Teams?!?

The User Story format is often used by Scrum teams to document requirements. It’s a short syntax that sounds totally simple, but when we sit down and try to fill this syntax with life, we quickly realize that it’s not that easy. Some of you may have stumbled across user stories that somehow sound “artificial”. So what is it about this little sentence? Why do so many people use it? And do Scrum Teams have to document requirements in the user story format? Don’t they otherwise make a “real” Scrum? Continue reading Agile Myths: User Stories – a mandatory format for Scrum Teams?!?

Agile myth: Writing user stories is Product Owner work

Again and again I am confronted with the statement that only the product owner writes and prioritizes user stories. The Product Owner is the person who prioritizes the Product Backlog. But for reasons I don’t understand, many people seem to be convinced that it is a core task of the product owner to sit down at his desk and write a user story until it is ready for a sprint. Is that really what the Scrum Guide says? Continue reading Agile myth: Writing user stories is Product Owner work

X no longer marks the spot – Y we believe in something else


Theory X and Y describe two contrasting models of workforce motivation and behavior. They were created by Douglas McGregor in the 1960s. According to these theories, there are two types of employee behaviors that can be encountered. Theory X behavior is driven by extrinsic motivation, while theory Y behavior is driven by intrinsic motivation. Continue reading X no longer marks the spot – Y we believe in something else