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Prague based full-stack developer and agile practitioner. Engineering Manager at @productboard 🚀

The new year is here, and that means two things: vaccine 🙏 and fresh rounds of yearly and quarterly plannings 🤦‍♂️. We have finally figured the first one, but the planning is a tougher nut to crack. We hear questions like this every single time:

“How do you convert story…


This is a description of the experiment from the story “How the COVID outbreak accidentally kickstarted SCRUM in our IT department”.

While I was aware that the experiments like “one day sprint” exists, I had never witnessed it myself before this spring. That is when I found out how powerful…


This is a story. If you are interested in a step-by-step manual to reproduce the focused sprint experiment, head to my other article.

I am quite biased against all types of SCRUM simulations. …


Picture of the iPhone with a calendar app open. A long refinement meeting is on the screen.

I have observed this pattern in several SCRUM teams. In all team member’s calendars, somewhere in the second half of the sprint, there is a big solid block. Usually, it’s a one or two-hour-long meeting called “Backlog refinement”, “Backlog grooming” or something like that.

And if you have a chance…

Josef Sekava

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