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The Scrum Dynamics podcast is for Microsoft Business Applications professionals using the agile Scrum framework to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365, PowerApps, Flow and Power BI. The show is hosted by Microsoft Business Applications MVP, Neil Benson.

The Scrum Dynamics podcast is for Microsoft Business Applications professionals using the agile Scrum framework to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365, PowerApps, Flow and Power BI. The show is hosted by Microsoft Business Applications MVP, Neil Benson.
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Australia

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The Scrum Dynamics podcast is for Microsoft Business Applications professionals using the agile Scrum framework to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365, PowerApps, Flow and Power BI. The show is hosted by Microsoft Business Applications MVP, Neil Benson.

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@customery

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English


Episodes

29 - Done with the PowerApps Solution Checker

5/16/2019
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Can you use a definition of done for a sprint? In Scrum Dynamics 29, I outline six ideas for a definition of done for a user story and three ideas for a definition of done for a sprint. According to the Scrum Guide, the definition of done helps us agree on when a product backlog item is complete. A sprint, on the other hand, is a time-boxed event so it's done when the time is up. But my teams have found it useful to have a definition of done for a sprint too. And one of our criteria is to...

Duration:00:10:20

28 - Shawn, Stop Estimating Effort in Days

5/6/2019
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Shawn Tabor wants to know whether to estimate project effort in days or story points. Aren't they the same thing? I've used four ways of estimating effort in my Dynamics 365 projects: Estimating in days is an absolute estimation method, whereas t-shirts and story points are both relative estimation methods. This means that we compare the relative size of items using a scale, rather than trying to estimate the absolute size. Story point estimation has several benefits: Shawn, stop...

Duration:00:10:28

27 - User Story Maps

4/23/2019
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Jonas Wauters from KPMG Belgium has a challenge pitching a Dynamics 365 project using Scrum to a prospective client. In particular, he'd like to know how to handle it when clients ask those three little questions: Neil's advice is to avoiding assuming that if a client is familiar with agile that everyone in the client's team is familiar with Scrum. Make sure you describe your Scrum framework in your proposal and presentation so that everyone has a common understanding. Neil also describes...

Duration:00:10:47

26 - Sprinting

4/21/2019
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Dan Barber, from the Customery Crew, wanted to know what it would be like inside some of Neil’s scrum events. In Scrum Dynamics 26, Neil walks Dan through one of his recent ten-day sprints day-by-day from sprint planning on Monday morning to the sprint review two weeks later. Here’s how it went… Day One. Sprint planning is at 3pm for two hours on Monday afternoon. We finalise the sprint goal, determine and determine the sprint backlog. On Tuesday morning, we start work on any stories...

Duration:00:24:09

25 - Written Answers

4/21/2019
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Neil is attempting a little experiment with a short, single question episode on the CRM.Audio podcast network and on Youtube. Let’s see if he can answer your questions about Scrum for Dynamics 365 in ten minutes or less. The question in this episode is from Ruan Kilian, a Dynamics 365 developer in Brisbane, Australia. Ruan asks, “Is it acceptable for a developer to prepare and write down the answers to the three questions and read them out at the daily scrum?” Listen in or watch the...

Duration:00:08:17

24 - Scrum Role Antipatterns

4/21/2019
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Neil covers his top 10 antipatterns for Scrum roles in Dynamics 365 projects. An antipattern looks like a good idea to a situation you were facing but wasn’t the best option when you look back on it. Antipatterns are traps that we want to help others avoid. Here are Neil's top ten antipatterns for Scrum roles: Uncommitted product owner. If your senior project stakeholder is too senior, they usually won’t have the availability required to be a committed product owner. Find someone in the...

Duration:00:30:03

23 - Hiring a Coach for Your Dynamics 365 Scrum Team

4/21/2019
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Neil is joined by co-host Dermot Ryan to discuss when Microsoft Dynamics customers and partners should consider hiring a scrum master or agile coach for their project. What is an agile coach and how is this role different from a scrum master? A scrum master is a coach for the development team, the product owner and the organisation. Dermot reckons a scrum master can coach up to three teams. An agile coach focuses on coaching the organisation. The growth and agile mindset of the leadership...

Duration:00:37:21

22 - Scrum Event Antipatterns

4/8/2019
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Some ideas turn out to be great ideas. Some ideas look like great ideas at the time but don't turn out so well in hindsight. Those are antipatterns. A pattern is a repeatable idea that solves a common problem, and should be adopted by others. An antipattern seems like an answer to a problem, but turns out badly and should be avoided by others. There are hundreds of Scrum antipatterns you’ll encounter as you embrace Scrum in your Dynamics 365 projects. In this episode, Neil highlights the...

Duration:00:25:42

21 - Azure DevOps with Mark Christie

4/5/2019
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Mark Christie, who specialises in Dynamics 365 for Field Service at eBECS, uses Azure DevOps (formerly known as Visual Studio Team Services). He’s from Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland. On 25 January he’ll be celebrating Burns Night where the haggis is introduced to the table with bagpipes. Dynamics 365 Saturday Scotland runs on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January, and its speakers will also be piped into the room. Azure DevOps combines planning tools such as backlogs and boards, with...

Duration:00:34:02

20 - Scrum in Public Sector with Seth T. Bacon

4/4/2019
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Seth Bacon and Neil catch up to discuss Scrum in the public sector. You can connect with Seth Bacon on LinkedIn and @SethTBacon on Twitter. Check out Seth’s blog/vlog, The Bacon Bytes, for Dynamics 365 administrators. Seth’s having success implementing Dynamics 365 in city, county and state organisations in health and human services. Seth and Neil discuss how to sell agile projects in public sector organisations, how to handle fixed-price, fixed-scope, fixed-timeline contracts and...

Duration:00:47:51

19 - Optimising Scrum Teams

4/4/2019
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We’re on a mission to ensure every Microsoft customer and partner successfully implements Dynamics 365 using the Scrum framework. Do you have a question for the Scrum Dynamics podcast? Visit Customery.com and click on the Send Voicemail button to have your question feature on the show. Dermot and Neil discuss how to optimise Scrum teams on a Dynamics 365 project. Todd Mercer, from MD Financial Management in Ottawa Canada, asks “What to do motivate a team to operate at peak capacity for a...

Duration:00:42:59

18 - Successfully Implementing Dynamics 365 with Scrum

4/4/2019
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Neil recently presented a live session on YouTube for the Dynamics 365 Community Corner. He recorded this special version of his presentation for the podcast covering:

Duration:00:24:51

17 - What To Track

4/3/2019
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Dermot and Neil discuss what to measure in your Dynamics 365 projects when you're using Scrum. Tracking velocity is the basic measure of progress. Velocity is the total number of story points of 'done' stories in each sprint and should be averaged over several sprints (usually 3 to 5 sprints). Using velocity within the team to plan the capacity for the next sprint, and by the product owner for forecasting the release. There's no velocity credit for partially done stories at the end of the...

Duration:00:44:44

16 - Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective

4/3/2019
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Dermot and Neil talk about the last two events in a sprint: the sprint review and the sprint retrospective, including: The format of sprint reviews and retrospectives How these events are structured Who should attend How to tailor them for Dynamics 365 projects What challenges have you had applying Scrum to your Dynamics 365, PowerApps, PowerBI or Flow projects? Get involved in the discussion in the Scrum for Microsoft Business Applications group on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:40:47

15 - More Listeners' Q&A

4/3/2019
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Dermot’s picked up his Professional Scrum Master II and Professional Scrum Product Owner certifications. Good timing, Dermot, because our first question was from Dick Clark at eBECS who has a client project who wants to get certified in Scrum. Neil has recorded the Scrum Guide as an audio stream on SoundCloud to help Dermot get to sleep at night, and they debate whether holding a Scrum certification or having experience is more important for scrum masters. Squads, Tribes, Chapters and...

Duration:00:33:26

14 - Launching Jupiter

4/3/2019
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Neil provides a behind-the-scenes peek into ‘Orientation Week’ in his Dynamics 365 project kicking off this week, the Jupiter Programme. Orientation Week (O-Week) is designed to onboard two Scrum teams so that they can start delivering the Dynamics 365 workstream of an enterprise programme as quickly as possible. I talk through some of the planned O-Week activities and provide my assessment of some of the project’s risks and strengths. What are your experiences of launching new Dynamics...

Duration:00:19:49

13 - Sprint Planning

4/3/2019
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Neil covers all aspects of sprint planning for Dynamics 365 projects: What is sprint planning and when does it take place? Who attends sprint planning, and what to do if the product owner can’t make it? How long is sprint planning? What happens during sprint planning? Sprint goals, sprint backlog forecasting, Dynamics 365 feature design. What’s needed for sprint planning?

Duration:00:11:07

12 - The Sprint Backlog

4/3/2019
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Co-hosts, Neil and Dermot (yes, he's back!), discuss the sprint backlog.

Duration:00:36:05

11 - Estimating Product Backlog Using Planning Poker

4/2/2019
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Estimating product backlog items using planning poker is the topic for this episode.

Duration:00:21:47

10 - The Product Backlog

4/2/2019
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Neil compares the to-do list on his 100-year old house to the product backlog and goes on to describe: Using epics to capture your project scope Getting your product backlog started Estimating backlog items using story points and not t-shirt sizes or ideal days User stories, spikes, chores and bugs The product backlog in sprint planning and sprint reviews Refining the product backlog in storytime workshops Managing the backlog in Atlassian JIRA or Visual Studio Team Services.

Duration:00:15:44