Thinking out loud about what continuous improvement really means in agile.
The Agile Manifesto says: “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.”
So we know that in Scrum regular interval for that is Sprint Retrospective (my favourite Sprint event, of course).
However, I was once asked if we need to wait until the retrospective to suggest and implement improvements. Interestingly enough, back then I thought we actually do have to wait until the retro so that we don’t lose our focus.
Times change. Now I believe when we talk about agile continuous improvement, we should put our effort into “continuous” first – never stop looking for better ways to do things.
That’s why in this short video I discuss how to create positive habits within your team to foster the team’s ability to reflect and adapt daily.
Watch the video to know how you can use visual tools (of course!) to help your team not only track their action items from their last retrospective but also suggest more ways to improve during the sprint itself.
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Visualization is an important part of Scrum, that is why I often use various tools to make progress towards goals more transparent. I have also found that visualizing information helps teams learn complex concept more easily. You can use visualization to facilitate learning and increase transparency.
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