Are your User Stories actually usable????

Are your User Stories actually usable????

Ok, so how do Product Owners actually generate great User Stories?  Are you tired of reading about how to deliver business value?  Is creating big, upfront Business Requirements Documents (BRDs) not working? For those folks looking to create User Stories that are actually usable, please join me on July 29th for a full day workshop on Agile User Stories. 

More with LeSS: Who's on the Scrum Development Team?

More with LeSS: Who's on the Scrum Development Team?

In the first two posts in this series, we explored how to identify the product and how to identify the Product Owner. If you missed these tips, check them out HERE.

Now let’s say you have effectively identified both the Product and the Product Owner. How do you identify the Development Team? Or in the case of BIG products, which this series is focused on, how do you identify multiple Development Teams?

Kanban vs Scrum or...?

If you spend any time on the Internet at all you'll see something that goes like this-

Kanban vs. or Kanban Against or Kanban After…


I feel like all these are just variations of

“how does Kanban compare to what I do already?”

Okay so remember one of the principles is: Start with what you do now.

  • If you're doing Scrum right now that would work just fine.

  • If you're doing Waterfall that would work just fine.

  • If you're doing sAFE that would be just fine.  

The idea isn't in the How, the idea is are we watching our work in such a way to cause us to improve? How many people have gone to a Sprint Retrospective and it's some variation on:

  • What went well?

  • What didn't go well?

  • What do we want to do differently?

Very very traditional approach, right? Now how many teams that you have you seen actually Implement those changes?

Scrum urges us to look for challenges and label them impediments. Stuff that would prevent us from getting our Sprint Goal done. Now the underlying idea here I think is that what we're supposed to be doing in the course of doing our work is to constantly be looking at the ways that our work is challenged or why we can't do something and it's interesting because a lot of times scrum talks about how to identify those Implement but not necessarily how to fix them. Kanban on the other hand says let's look at the work that we're doing and find the areas of opportunity that let us improve using whatever tools or approaches we want to.


One way I like to approach this uses an approach taken from Improv. “Yes, And”

“Yes, And” is a positive way to include in a conversation. In this frame we do Scrum...and. We do Waterfall...and. Kanban provides the model and the ability to predict the effects of change. It shows the areas of opportunity but leaves the type of change to the team.  

So if you'd like to know more we have some upcoming training around Kanban and I'm sure we'll talk about scrum a little bit too check it out here.

Looking ahead to 2019!

Welcome 2019!

CoLeadTeam remains thankful for 2018 and the clients and students who trust us as guides in business agility. But it’s time to ring in the new year and bring to fruition the new things our team has been working on!


Announcing West End Conference Center:

West End Conference Center will not only be home to CoLeadTeam classes, but will also host a wide variety of workshops and programs from successful authors such as Dr. Harvey Robbins and Michael Nir.

In addition to having training rooms available for rent, West End Conference Center features individual Agile and Scrum coaching, “drop in” work space for individuals and small groups to rent. We’re up and running temporarily at 1550 Utica Ave South, Suite 120 in St. Louis Park. Our new home will be in the same set of towers at 1600 Utica Ave South, Suite 100 in St. Louis Park.

Stay tuned to the West End Conference Center site for grand opening details:

Ignite Agility™ Meetup:

CoLeadTeam’s Ignite Agility™ program provides clients a way to hit the ground running with their Agile and Scrum adoptions. We observe lots of inspired students and graduates become igniters of agility so why limit Ignite Agility™ to adoption kick starts?

In Q1 2019, the West End Conference Center will be home to the Ignite Agility™ Meetup. The meetup will provide individuals a way to network and support others in the community.

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To join the conversation and get information about events as they unfold, stay tuned to:

Scrum Day MN 2019:

Scrum Day MN continues to provide our community an opportunity to learn, network and support one another in the Agile and Scrum communities with proceeds benefiting a local charity. It has outgrown its home! It will still be right here in Minnesota but will relocate in 2019 to the Earle Brown Heritage Center.

Save the date – October 2, 2019.

Stay tuned to the Scrum Day site for details as they unfold:

Continued Advanced Agile and Scrum Training:

CoLeadTeam continues to bring advanced Agile and Scrum training to the MN Agile community. Stay tuned to our LinkedIn, Facebook page or website for information on new advanced offerings. In the meantime, check out these opportunities.

We're so excited for everything 2019 has in store- hope to have you tag along with us!