Last week I conducted a two day in-house agile/Scrum training in Slovakia.
I enjoyed it very much apart from the few people that clearly didn’t want to be there and thus didn’t make an effort to contribute. One agile principle is to build your project around motivated individuals and trust them to get the job done. It is frustrating to realize that the project might fail because of the selection of people.
Contrary there was also a rather motivated group present. They started their agile project three weeks ago and had lots of good and detailed questions.
I also learnt a lot again. I need to extend the time for Q&A from 30 to 60 minutes although I answered questions along the way anyway. I think I will shorted the “User Stories” part. Frankly, I think it is not so important to have user stories if the requirements are given in another way. It is important to know the who needs what and why though and to have clear acceptance criteria. This can all be mentioned when talking about the product backlog anyway. I also need to improve the introductions to the Scrum form Hell and The Agile Hour exercise.