Jaakko Koivula

Scrum values

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If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values: they're hobbies.
- Jon Stewart

This one is about the Scrum values. I've thought up a great mnemonic abbreviation for them: FOCCR!

Focus: you concentrate on what's important and what you have . . .

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September 06, 2022

Scrum team

One for all

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I got asked earlier which role do I have when doing scrumlife. The answer is: all of them.

Scrum needs a team. Scum team, to be precise. The team includes a scrum master, a product owner and developers. Developers are the ones doing the actual building. They might be coders and testers and designers but also bakers or . . .

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September 02, 2022

Sustainable pace

Keep it steady

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Scrum guide mentions that working at a sustainable pace improves focus and consistency. It's mentioned just once and the guide doesn't go deeper into it, but it's still an extremely important guideline to keep in mind.

I was reminded by this when I went really hard for a week.

I had lots of important . . .

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August 24, 2022

Product Goal

Vision, vision!

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I wanted to revisit goals. Or the product goal to be precise.

Product goal is the guiding vision for the product that you are building using Scrum. You have to have a product to use Scrum. Doing Scrum without building a product is just going through some random motions without there being any real sense why you are doing . . .

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August 09, 2022


How to get better

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Retrospectives are a surprisingly difficult part of Scrum. Retrospectives, or retros, are a way to repeatedly inspect how everything is going, to have important (difficult) discussions and to think about systemic things that are larger than anything that you can handle in the daily scrums or in the middle of the daily grind in . . .

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August 05, 2022

Surprises and decisions

Seize the day or stick to the plan?

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A while away I had a really successful sprint. I got tons done, made really great progress on some important projects and utilised my time pretty well in general.

I also didn't do practically anything that I was supposed to. I was the classic spiky haired boss that suddenly had a lot of important and urgent matters . . .

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August 01, 2022

Defining Success

What is best in life?

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I've been doing this for some weeks now and I've been pushing back answering one pretty essential question:


What does success look like for living a scrumlife? What does success look like for Scrumlife.fi the blog? How can I measure these things and what are the hypotheses I want to test?

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July 21, 2022


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