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In the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), PI Planning is one of the significant events.

“Program Increment (PI) Planning is a cadence-based, face-to-face event that serves as the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train (ART), aligning all the teams on the ART to a shared mission and vision.”

PI Planning is where the teams plan the following PI. A PI is a timebox (8–12 weeks) in which an Agile Release Train delivers value incrementally.
PI Planning typically takes two days, and all members of the ART are involved. That fosters communication between team members and stakeholders, aligns development with business goals…


Five Tips For Freelancers

Are you also one of those freelancers who sometimes feel frustrated and dissatisfied and then think:

  • “Another one of those poorly organized projects where nothing is progressing.”
  • “I’m just too tired to take care of marketing and sales on top of the daily project work, and now I’m in a right mess: the project is over and no new client in sight.”
  • “For years now, I’ve been doing the same thing. I would so love to take on a different role, but somehow it doesn’t work out.”

Just complaining and hoping that things will get better on their own doesn’t…


How you can make the most of that day

Did you know that since 2018, Freelancer’s Day has been celebrated annually on May 14th? I’ve been a freelancer for years, but this day has no meaning for me. I only noticed it this year because I took a closer look at my emails over the weekend. There was an email from Freelancermap, who by the way, created the day that brought it to my attention.

But while it is clear on Mother’s Day that all mothers get flowers and gifts, and on Father’s Day, many men go on a hiking tour with a handcart filled with beer bottles, Freelancer’s…


When Is Small Too Small?

Scrum Teams come in many sizes. Often they tend to be too large, to include too many team members. For example, I have seen teams with more than 25 team members. On the other hand, I have also accompanied Scrum Teams that consisted of only six members. Small teams seem to be more productive. But can it also happen that teams are too small and productivity suffers?

What does the Scrum Guide say?

A Scrum Team consists of a Product Owner, a Scrum Master, and the Developers. In the current Scrum Guide (version 2020), you can find the following about the size of the team: “The…


How To Use Normalized Velocity As A Starting Point

Many Scrum Teams use Velocity as a metric. Yet, the Scrum Guide does not mention Velocity at all. So what is Velocity? In general, Velocity means the speed at which the team processes items in a Sprint, i.e., the speed at which it moves items from “Defined” to “Done”.
We often hear the desire from management for higher Velocity, more speed. Thinking that working faster in a Sprint, i.e., putting in more work, will increase Velocity is a fallacy.
The goal should be to work diligently and fulfill the Definition of Done. So the focus of Velocity should not be to…


Freedom can’t be bought

Personal values are fundamental characteristics and ideals that are regarded as positive and orient our actions. Values serve as a guide to a meaningful life.
Personal values include, for example, security, fun, status, freedom, order, prosperity, health, justice, self-determination, and adventure.
Which values are essential to one varies from person to person. Values can change throughout a lifetime. If freedom and adventure were vital to you when you were young, prosperity and health might have a higher priority later on. …


Build A Safe Nest And Use It As A Starting Point For New Adventures

In posts on social media, you’ll often find the statement: “You have to get out of your comfort zone to be successful.” And I’ve heard it from other Agile Coaches, too: “We need to get people out of their comfort zone!”

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsch)

But is that really the case? Is change, learning, success only possible by leaving your comfort zone? And what is the comfort zone anyway?

Years ago, I once took a yoga teacher training course. One requirement to pass was to lead kirtan singing at least once, that…


More Than Just Flipping Coins

Currently, I am facing a tough decision: Do I stay in my current place of residence or do I move abroad. Both options have advantages and disadvantages. Neither is better than the other.
You can decide in many ways: With criteria that you weight and rate, based on your values, or even by flipping a coin. In my article “Make Hard Decisions Easy With Moving Motivators” I describe how to approach a decision using values. However, this method was not enough for me to make a final decision.

A few days ago, I remembered the “I Ching — the Book…


Why positive thinking alone won’t get you anywhere

There are many books about positive thinking and thousands of motivational trainers. All of them spread the same philosophy: No matter what situation you are in, think positive, and your wishes will come true.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
(Frank Outlaw)

I have been interested in positive thinking for years, and affirmations are part of my morning routine. Still, when unexpected events happen, I tend to have some negative thoughts.

Last week, I…

Britta Ollrogge, MBA

I write on Self Improvement 🌱, Productivity 🎯, and Agile Product Development 🏄. My goal is to provide Inspiration.💡https://www.britta-ollrogge-consulting.de

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