The art of getting things done with quality

Have you ever been in a situation of having many things started and nothing finished? Starting new things feels good, we have the motivation and enthusiasm to accomplish something new. You can still imagine how great it will be when things are finished. But then we lose the motivation or get frustrated and we stop and look for something new to start.

Today I’d like to talk about pair-programming styles and the art of getting things done with quality.

Pair-programming is good, m’kay?

My feeling is that we frequently talk about pair-programming but it reminds me of the South Park’s quote “drugs are…


One Year Anniversary of Agile State of Mind

Today I am celebrating the first anniversary of my channel! Join me in the celebration! Agile State of Mind is officially one! And today I will tell you a story of an Agile making-of the Agile State of Mind.

During the past year I was asked by many people how I do it, how did I start, what tools I use, etc. It’s one of these things where it’s hard to start and then it goes. And you can feel overwhelmed at the beginning. So I…


How to foster a recognition culture while in remote

A good rule of thumb for giving feedback is to praise in public and criticize in private. When you have something positive to say about a team member, make sure it is heard, but if you are issuing productive feedback, handle it one-on-one.

I’d like to explain both in separate articles. Today we will explore how to foster a culture of recognition and why it is important for our Agile companies.

We will learn about different kinds of motivation, I will explain what Kudos are, and let’s see how our Kudos box can go digital.

Plus, I’ll give you a…


Estimations 101

Have you ever done work around the house or built a new one? Construction is probably one of the best examples of how bad the estimates can go. And it goes hand in hand with the weather forecast. Apparently, we are much better at relative estimation.

Following up on the video “Don’t sweat estimations”, let’s learn how to estimate in story points, unlearn estimations in hours. And play some Planning Poker.

Let’s start from the beginning. Why do we even estimate in the first place? …


Stop delivering story points and start delivering value.

Today I want to write about some problems with overthinking and overdoing estimations. However, I’m not going to talk about what relative estimation is and why we tend not to estimate in hours. That gives for a whole new article and I will probably write it soon.

In my Scrum Master work, I am frequently asked questions like: should the team update the estimates during the Sprint when more is known? What about the stories half done by the end of the Sprint? Should we re-estimate them before adding them to the next Sprint? …


Why creating relationships can help you be a better leader

After joining my last company during the pandemic, I learned the power of creating a connection with the team members. I joined three teams as a Scrum Master at a time when everyone worked fully from home. I remember feeling very bizarre on my first day, no Daily Scrums, no meeting the teams, it seemed like the whole company was made up of two people who guided me through the onboarding. I slowly got incorporated into the team events and scheduled some rather random, as I think of it now, one-on-one meetings. Soon I…

Remote work

Are the most productive remote meetings no meetings at all?

I wanted to start this year’s edition of my Agile State of Mind articles and videos with the topic of remote work. Will this be a really remote-friendly year? After 2020 we could assume so. Yet many companies still struggle trying to survive the remote until they can go back to the office. Hence the company policies are not really remote-friendly, we just do what we used to do in the office only remotely.

What’s the biggest pain while working from home? The meetings, of course. Scrum has always been accused of…

2020 Scrum Guide

With Daily Scrum’s 3 questions missing — what do we do now?

The new Scrum Guide landed in November and now what? I decided to make a series of short videos and posts about the key changes and what they mean for us the Scrum practitioners in our daily work.

Talking about daily work, I decided to start with the Daily Scrum. It’s one of my favorite subjects. I can’t help it, I deal with it daily. And I consider it the key event for the team collaboration towards their goal. I want to take a look at it today from a different angle. A Lean angle.

Be Scrum, Be Lean


Highlights of the 2020 Scrum Guide

Are you as excited as I am about the new Scrum Guide update?
I hope so!
To give you a preview:

  1. A new concept of a “Product Goal” appeared.
  2. The term “Development Team” has disappeared.
  3. There is no more mention of the three questions during the Daily Scrum.

Intriguing, isn’t it?

The release of the new Scrum Guide took place on November 18th, 2020. And at the same time, its creators celebrated 25 years of Scrum. The last update took place three years ago, in 2017.

Today I will walk you through 8 key changes that got my attention.

Remote work

Practical tips on organizing a discussion during a remote meeting

How to organize discussion during a meeting? And not just any meeting but a remote one! In remote times, we need to get especially organized when it comes to discussions on the video calls. For that, I will explain a popular facilitation technique called “Lean Coffee” and how to use it in the age of remote work.

Recently, two colleagues approached me with issues with the demo part of their Sprint Review. Both work completely remotely due to the pandemic and they identified a similar problem. The teams had so much to show that they could hardly fit it within…

Maria Chec

Agile Coach and Content Creator at Agile State of Mind

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