Articles about Agile Culture

Is your office more like a library or a bar?

Time management is a kind of superpower that some people have and allows them to use their working hours more efficiently, making their work be of a higher quality and shine much more, and also with less stress. It is a special superpower, not bec...

When democracy is not the best solution

In a traditional company, decisions are usually made following an authoritarian model. Decisions are issued from the top layer of the organisational structure and are communicated downward, without the bottom layers being given any chance to voice th...

How do you create a Sprint Goal?

If you have ever worked with Scrum, it is highly likely that you have run into problems more than once trying to define a Sprint Goal. You may have wondered if the highest element in the Product Backlog is theoretically the most valuable. Should i...

I do believe in Sprint 0

Lately I have been noticing some trends within the agile world that I don’t like at all. The first one is the market which the world of certifications has become, which has led some companies to make the mistake of assessing their level of agility ...

Can we all be Agile? Do we want to be Agile?

It’s clear that everything agile is trendy. If we put some post-its by the office, we do some cool dynamics with legos and copy something from the Spotify model, customers will fall at our feet and we will also have free ways to develop comfortably...

The power of the Goal Sprint

"Is it a Fortissio Lungo? Because it smells great", asked Gonzalo, Product Owner of the Telcom Team, just before starting Sprint Review #4. I had joined the team a couple of days earlier as a Scrum Master and in the midst of the calm and with the sme...

Change of mentality: project vs product

Have you ever noticed that when we are involved in a project we talk about a viable minimum PRODUCT? Why do we talk about a PRODUCT owner in Scrum projects? Shouldn’t it be Project Owner? The word "project" has been overused, it is a concept tha...

Building Paradigma’s DNA

The way in which our DNA tool came about reflects how we really are, what our essence is, basically it reflects Paradigma’s DNA. Paradigma is a company without hierarchies where people organize themselves in circles around areas of knowledge. Th...

Too many meetings? Simplify and maximize productivity

"We have many meetings", was the concise and categorical reflection of one of my office colleagues. Many meetings, too many. And the truth is that I agree with him. Also, many times these meetings are not celebrated with a clear objective and have co...

The Development Team, more than just a team of “developers”

If you’ve worked with Scrum teams, you have probably wondered who is part of the Development Team. For example, are all developers that write code in the Development Team? What happens to those who do not write code? Are they also "developers"? ...

Reinvention of agile contracts: inspection and adaptation

The way we developed software 15 years ago does not fit in the current digital world. This message seems to have already taken hold in the majority of Spanish companies, now it has to be Agile (in capital letters), this is the way to achieve success ...

Bill Murray, or how Scrum is reflected in your daily life

We've heard a lot lately about Scrum and the entire Agile methodology. It seems that it is a new trend, just like new trends pop up year after year. And yet, as soon as we begin to dig a little deeper, we soon find out that this trend is more than 20...

Metrics in Agile: your opinion is interesting, but… I have data

If you had data to predict what the winning number of the lottery would be, would you still choose a number because it looks pretty or ugly? In your projects you have data to predict and decide how to act based on empirical data, so flee from intuiti...

Oh no, I hired a Scrum Master and thought it was something else!

In a recent post I explained the role of the Scrum Master and many of the tasks the role carries out. However, reflecting on what I wrote, I realized that, at times, this role is misunderstood and misused within companies. Perhaps it is because we...

Estimates, reality or fiction?

Estimates, that great devil that sneaks into our day to day and marks us. Some of the questions that most people who are starting in the Agile world have asked me are "how do you estimate  in Agile?" or "how do you do to tell the customer how long ...

Agile & Scrum in Digital Transformation

If we search Google for "digital transformation" we find endless meanings and interpretations. It is curious that, at this point where the term is already so overused, there is no clear definition. At Paradigma we realized the importance of the co...

30 things you should know about the Product Owner

A while ago, while debating with a teammate about the roles, artifacts and events that exist within Scrum, we realized that there are many doubts about the role of the Product Owner. As a result of this debate, I have decided to shed some light on...

Should a Scrum Master be a “One-club man”?

A member of the "One-club Men" is an athlete who starts and ends his career in the same team. Logically this is a great honor that makes the fans of that team have very high esteem for the athlete. The most recent case in the world of football is ...

The 5 + 1 values of highly effective Scrum teams

Stephen R. Covey, in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, said that people who focus their lives around solid principles are more likely to achieve personal and interpersonal growth and, simply, be happier. However, if the prin...

Why should your teams be multifunctional?

After attending a Scrum workshop and coming up with a thousand ideas in my head, I tried to think through on how to improve things within my team. After hearing about multifunctional teams, I was shaping the idea of seeing how to fit everything learn...