By Barnaby Golden, 5 October, 2023

How do you ensure that individuals and teams are aligned with the company strategy? How do you validate your company strategy?

The answer is typically to have good data. When we measure outcomes our organisation become more transparent.

Good data is hard to find though.

The larger an organisation is, the more complicated it becomes and the harder it is to associate cause with effect.

By Barnaby Golden, 30 August, 2019


Unrealistic deadlines can be highly stressful. One approach to dealing with them is to reflect the pain back.

Your management may not be feeling the pain the team is feeling in delivering against artificial and aggressive deadlines. Your challenge is to make sure they see the consequences of their actions.

By Barnaby Golden, 31 May, 2019

Tick boxes

Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance criteria are story specific requirements that must be met for the story to be completed. They are a technique for adding functional detail to user stories. Acceptance criteria are often added during backlog refinement or during the sprint planning meeting.

Some examples of acceptance criteria:

By Barnaby Golden, 27 May, 2019


Sometimes a team finds themselves with requirements that require a lot of back-end development and a small amount of front-end work. If the team has specialist front-end and back-end developers then it may be tricky to balance the workload.

One approach I have seen work is to initially stub the back-end functionality before doing the detailed development work.

By Barnaby Golden, 17 May, 2019

World map

If you want to establish a good relationship with an offshore team then I would suggest some or all of the following:

By Barnaby Golden, 30 January, 2019


Scrum teams take user stories into sprints.

For many teams that is the end of the conversation. They do not need anything else to describe the work they are doing and the requirements they plan to do in the future.

For other teams, particularly those with a long product backlog, it may be beneficial to use other terms for requirements. Terms like 'epic' and 'theme'.

By Barnaby Golden, 2 May, 2018

It is tempting to think of sprint retrospectives as a part of the reporting process. A chance to let people outside of your Scrum Team know what you are discussing and how you are improving.

There are dangers with this approach:

By Barnaby Golden, 18 April, 2016


Favour a product approach over a project approach

Software development has traditionally been done in projects.

Wikipedia describes a project as:

In contemporary business and science, a project is an individual or collaborative enterprise, possibly involving research or design, that is carefully planned, usually by a project team, to achieve a particular aim.