THE Team Playbook

The definitive resource for agile teams

Smarter ways to build smarter teams

Agile starts with the law of "The Small Team". These free resources are designed to help your teams be more agile - how to get the most out of agile events, roles and artefacts.

AgileBusiness Agility

22 Stances of a Scrum Master

The Scrum Master doesn’t remove impediments from the team. Their job encompasses 22 wider stances for supporting the team to self-organise to remove impediments themselves, coaching the Product Owner and coaching the wider organisation.

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AgileFacilitation

Accelerate Through Retrospectives

Teams were bored with their Retrospectives. I was bored. They were just doing mechanical Scrum. Retrospectives are such a powerful tool to drive continuous improvement, so here’s what we did to fix the problem.

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Agile

Backlog Refinement Patterns: Yin and Yang

What’s an easy way to run a Backlog Refinement session so that assumptions, risks, ideas and draft designs are identified? Yin and Yang is one of our favourite patterns.

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AgileProduct Development

Better together: Agile + Lean UX

How do you make Design Thinking, Lean UX, and Agile work together. Sprint 0? Design Sprints? Upfront design and planning tends to delay the delivery of value, so there must be a better way to use Scrum but also engage in discovery work at the same time without devolving into parallel design work. Integrating design, user research, and experimentation into Sprints is the key.

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AgileCulture

Communication strategies for remote agile teams

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, remote working is becoming more and more the norm. While employees are starting to settle into remote working, leaders find themselves challenged in ensuring their employees are engaged and productive.

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Agile

Confessions of a Scrum Mum – how the short term heroics don't scale

As an Agile Coach and Chief Scrum Master responsible for 8 teams in a service …

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Agile

Couples Counseling for Scrum Teams – Global Scrum Gathering Austin 2019

In this talk, ZXM CEO Matthew Hodgson, presents to the Global Scrum Gathering in Austin …

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Agile

Demistifying Agile Estimation and Planning

Estimating in hours can be highly inaccurate. Estimating using relative wide band delphi like planning poker is key to understanding what you can do and when you can do it by as a team.

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Agile

Estimating without a baseline

Agile Teams tend to use relative estimation rather than creating tasks, estimating hours, and then …

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Agile

Getting Sizing Right with Cycle Time

Sizing in Story Points represents a significant shift from estimating in hours. Understanding cycle time is key to getting it right.

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AgileFacilitation

How do I run a Daily Scrum?

Many people use the Daily Scrum to provide a status report to the Product Owner or Scrum Master, and even to stakeholders, but this event plays a more critical part in ensuring that the team continues to stay focussed on their goal and adapt their work so they improve their chance of achieving it.

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AgileFacilitation

How do I run a Retrospective?

The Retrospective is one of five events in Scrum. It’s purpose is to inspect the whole Scrum Team from the perspective of people, process and tools, and then adapt the way the whole team works (including the Product Owner).

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