Blog / Matt Turrell

Getting stories to 'Done' faster: Using retrospectives and team pri...
May 22, 2017

A project I’ve worked on recently has had a recurring problem of flat burndown charts, with sprints feeling like they were becoming mini-waterfalls. Here’s an example: This isn’t good as you have no value delivered through the sprint, sign-off...

More on perspectives
May 3, 2017

In my last post, I talked about the value of getting everyone’s perspectives during planning sessions (actually, I’d advocate doing so in all conversations). It just so happens that last weekend I played a great collaborative game with my sister,...

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What’s in a story point? Achieving consensus over compromise
April 28, 2017
There’s no doubt about it, sprint planning sessions can sometimes get a bit… tedious. Lots of talk and not much coding doesn’t always make for a chirpy team by lunchtime. Depending on the team size and personalities, some things which I’d assume...
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Testing in the sprint following development, should you do it?
April 6, 2017
I was with a developer friend recently who asked to pick my mind on an agile challenge he’s been experiencing at work. The problem: how do you deal with the time lag between Dev and QA, leading to devs twiddling their thumbs at the end of the spr...
Corporate to Unboxed, Part 2 - Advanced Scrum Master Training
June 24, 2015

Following on from Part 1 in my journey - last week, I attended an Advanced Scrum Master course with Jolie, one of Unboxed’s resident (and very experienced) Scrum Masters. Coming from a corporate project management background, my focus has been ...

Corporate to Unboxed, a Project Manager’s journey to Scrum Master -...
June 9, 2015

Last week, I officially started my transition from being a corporate person to becoming an Unboxed person. It’s only when you get through the front door of a place that you start to sense the true scale of cultural differences between companies....