Jaakko Koivula

Work that's hiding

Transparent life

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Scrum likes things transparent. You do something, observe the results and decide the next thing you are going to do based on the results. 

But what if you don't know what you did? Hidden work makes things less transparent. You thought you did something and base your next steps on that, but actually there was stuff that was . . .

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October 27, 2022

Scrum and easy projects

Complex vs. complicated

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Can you use Scrum even if you are buying something well defined with a fixed price and fixed scope?

The answer is pretty simple: if you can predict the cost and the scope, you are not doing anything complex. If you aren't doing something complex, you don't have a reason to use Scrum.

Even if you like the Scrum cadence or the . . .

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September 28, 2022

Getting Stale

and why you should get over it.

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When doing anything new, things start to get a bit stale at some point. You've done the thing multiple times now and it's not as shiny as it used to be but it's not yet a habit that's been completely etched into your soul either.

Scrum is like that too. You've got your first breakthroughs, velocity has gone up, the features make . . .

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September 22, 2022

Sustainability

Nosce te Ipsum

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I've been thinking about what sustainable pace means. This post will be more personal and less directly related to Scrum, but it's also an example of a type of questions that get asked and answered inside the Scrum process. Maybe that way it's representative of the type of problems that Scrum tends to surface and force you to face, . . .

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September 14, 2022

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

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