The importance of Agile ceremonies, whether you are doing Scrum or and Kanban cannot be overemphasized. By facilitating regular and frequent communication amongst team members and stakeholders, these ceremonies ensure effective collaboration and improved feedback loops, and are critical for truly becoming agile. Some of the common ceremonies are Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Replenishment, Retrospectives and other such meetings. In this month’s newsletter, we take a closer look at some of these. Do let us know which of these have been crucial in your agile journey!
Backlog Refinement is a process where the product owner and the development team sit together to discuss items in the backlog and come up with ways to take them forward. Here’s a short article from our Agile 101 series that answers all the questions you might have had around the process of refining your backlog.
Sprint Planning Meeting
According to the Scrum Guide, Sprint Planning lays out work to be carried out by the team in the upcoming sprint. Some of the things discussed in Sprint Planning are the importance of the upcoming sprint, what is to be done, and how it will be done. In this article, Alexa Alfonso explains Sprint Planning in detail.
Daily Stand-up Meetings
The Scrum Guide defines a stand-up meeting as a 15-minute convention that inspects the progress of work towards the goal of the current sprint, while also making the necessary adaptations to the backlog with respect to pending work. Whether it is Scrum or Kanban, the Daily stand-up meetings improve communication, identify impediments, and promote quick decision-making, thereby truly enabling 2-3 week delivery cycles. In this video, Bhavesh S talks about how one of our products, SwiftEnterprise, actively facilitates effective stand-up meetings, helping our users implement Agile more smoothly.
Kanban – Replenishment Meeting
Kanban teams use Replenishment meetings at regular intervals, or based on a “minimum WIP Limit” being crossed, to prioritize and commit to the next set of backlog items and “replenish” their Kanban board on a continuous basis. It is one of the most important tools to manage a smooth flow of work – and value – on the board. In this article, Mahesh Singh, SVP at Digité and a Kanban Coaching Professional/ AKT, discusses the key factors that teams need to consider to run an effective replenishment meeting.
Webinar – DevOps in the Value Stream
DevOps, as often implemented in many organizations, has a fairly narrow focus – we look at the engineering improvements that are possible, and pay much lesser attention to alignment across the Value Stream. As a result, there is a growing disenchantment with the business results that DevOps transformations are delivering – and a big part of this disenchantment is our positioning of DevOps as an engineering activity, rather than as its true role as an enabler of the overall IT Value Stream.
Join us for a webinar on August 5th where we will discuss the various stages of the Value Stream and the instrumentation and enablers for managing each of the stages as critical components of a successful DevOps transformation.
We hope you liked this edition of our Newsletter. We, at Digité, have been helping organizations develop and scale their Agile implementations for the better part of two decades. If you’re in the midst of, or planning, an Agile journey, reach out to us!