Zanshin Labs Newsletter - December 4th 2016
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First: a Scrum tip

What is the main purpose of the Scrum daily meeting?

Is it status reporting? Problem solving? Perhaps finding out what others are doing. Right? Hell No! Be aware.

The main purpose of the Scrum daily meeting is to re-plan. The main benefit (it has many) of the Scrum daily meeting is a re-adjusted plan grounded on (the team’s new) reality.

The first Scrum daily meeting was reported almost 23 years ago by observing Borland’s Quattro Pro team where it “showed a 52-fold increase in average performance on a project with millions lines of code”; as reported in ScrumPLoP by Coplien.

Can you apply this pattern if you don’t do Scrum? Yes!

Second: a video on usability

Kara Pernice, Senior VP at Nielsen Norman Group, explains in a 3 minute video about usability testing and using usability-test participants multiple times in your product design. What to do and what not. Kara’s advice always rocks!

Using usability-test participants multiple times (Kara Pernice)
[During interviews] Having your users think more about the design than a typical user would, they are no longer users

Third: a free Agile book

Our colleagues from the AXA Emerging Markets team just released a series of free book chapters (on planning, estimation, requirements, retrospectives and more) full of good and practical advice, based on hard earned learnings in implementing non-trivial agile transformation projects across the globe.

Their pragmatic work will really help your team and organisation improve. Happy reading.


John & Sotiris

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