Your team has just finished a very hard sprint, they came up short and failed the sprint. They did not deliver some key stories, the PO is angry and the team are angry with the PO, the retro is turning into open warfare.
What do you say to the group?
You have a new PO, she is has just finished her training, so far she has done very well. You have been impressed by her first sprint planning. Your just about to start the last session of the day, just before it starts she pulls you aside says “what should I be focusing on here”.
What do you answer ?
In SAFe and Scrum at every PI planning and at every sprint planning I always ask the team about there commitment to the delivery, I ask them if they are willing to make a promise to the Sponsors, Product Manager and the Product Owner, and most importantly of all promise to each other that they will do everything within our power to get this done. Its important they think about this decision, one of the many benefits of the fist of 5 (widely used in in SAFe) is a give them a pause for thought. What the vote, assuming its a free vote will tell you what they really think. Tell you what the probability of success is.
You have been asked to help setup a new team, and during discussions with the new PO shes asks if we can run the daily standup’s one after the other, one at 0915 and the next at 0930. What are your thoughts.
How well do you think this will work ?
You have a brand new Product Owner, you sit down to prepare for the next sprint planning, the Product Owner has already selected the stories for the next sprint, even prioritized them,l
4 Very High,
How Happy are you ?
Unfortunately in the last sprint the team had a number of incomplete stories. What happens to those stories, when will they be completed.
You have a new team member, and in sprint planning he says, “We have 5 stories lets take a story each for this sprint”. What are the key points from the conversation you would have with him.
One of your team has gone of sick with 5 days left in the sprint, sadly she will not be back this sprint, she is working on two tasks critical to the highest priority story, what do you do ?