There’s so much I could write about this – when I suggested this Golden Rule back in 2008 I was thinking that if you ignore burn-down charts and velocity then you effectively end up “doing stuff” and that was contrary to the ideas of agile. First and foremost you look at the burn-down chart because […]

Getting clear and agreed acceptance criteria is essential to allow the team to complete stories and be confident that they will be accepted. Being clear with acceptance criteria is an important skill of the Product Owner role – they need to be able to convey what they see as being the key aspects for a given […]

Continual improvement is a key part of agile, the mind-set should be that we can always do things better and so the end of sprint retrospective is an important opportunity for the team to discuss how things went and what could be improved. As the team will hold a retrospective after each sprint it’s easy […]

An Information Radiator, according to the Agile Alliance (ref: is “the generic term for any of a number of handwritten, drawn, printed or electronic displays which a team places in a highly visible location, so that all team members as well as passers-by can see the latest information at a glance: count of automated […]

The next Project Challenge will be on 22nd and 23rd March at London Olympia. It’s free and a great way to see interesting presentations on all aspects of Project Management and to network with other professionals. See here for more details –

Or more precisely “Regularly review and prioritise the backlog”. It’s vital that the backlog portrays the work in priority order, failure to keep this well groomed and reflecting reality will seriously damage the effectiveness of using Agile and will also be a drain on the teams time as for every step they will question whether the […]

The key thing here is to not assume that once you have a backlog that your job is done – hopefully no-one who does agile believes that and maybe some have learnt the hard way! As the team take stories into an iteration then other stories will move up the backlog. It’s important to know […]