This week, I passed my Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist certification, with a score of 89% (46 questions out of 52 right). Whilst I am happy to have added a better understanding of another approach to scaling agility in large organizations, not everyone shares my enthusiasm.
Should key terms be written with leading capitals or in sentence case? Should someone be known as a Product Owner or product owner? We are used to so many of the terms we encounter and use day-to-day being capitalized. Articles, course, and books all scream them. Why is this? Are these really proper nouns or is it just marketing hype?
Wait? What? Did I read that right? One hundred and one techniques? Sounds like a lot. Are you sure?
Following the 2015 success of ‘Agile Project Management in easy steps‘, I was asked to write a book on Scrum. Two years later it has now been published and will be available through most booksellers and websites, as well as electronically. However it was not a certainty that I would do this.
We’ve all heard the reports that tell us how multi-tasking is not effective, how context-switching causes us unrecoverable down-time. We know from this that we need to be more tightly focused on a single goal (per sprint), one that we can organise our work around, one that more easily helps us know that what we’re doing will deliver something of value. That’s good as far as it goes.
Now I’m going to mess with that. I’m going to suggest that each and every sprint should have two goals.