In our work with Scrum teams, we find that many don't know where to start. Or worse, they give up and resign to the situation. In this series, we offer a toolbox of tried-and-tested experiments to improve together.
How does this help your team?
If you work with Scrum, you're probably familiar with refinement. It's an activity many teams consider important because it improves flow and reduces the risk of failing the Sprint.
We define ‘refinement’ as the process of breaking down larger items on the Product Backlog into smaller ones with the purpose of ending with items that can comfortably be delivered to stakeholders in a Sprint. Research shows that teams that spend more time on refinement are also more likely to release frequently. In turn, they have more satisfied stakeholders and higher team morale. Explore our research for more information.
Breaking down large items is a skill that Scrum teams have to learn. While it is often easy to break down work into horizontal slices, across technical boundaries or components, this results in items that cannot be delivered on their own. What good is a new table in the database if the interface doesn't support it yet?
In this paper, Christiaan offers 10 strategies that allow teams to break down work into vertical slices. Each slice can be released and inspected on its own. For each strategy, we include questions that you can ask to help Scrum teams slice in that manner.
Give it a try and let us know how it went!
What do you receive?
- A 21-page full-color guide (PDF);
- A separate file with the 10 strategies as a poster;
- We take you through the flow of the 10 strategies in great detail;
- The PDF outlines additional resources and useful reading, both to prepare and to distribute afterward.
- Download the 10 strategies as a poster in our webshop
- We also offer a physical deck of 50 Powerful Questions that includes these 10 strategies
- Get our book the "Zombie Scrum Survival Guide";
- Read our whitepaper where we explain the Scrum framework, and its principles and values, in our own words.