5 Most Powerful Acronyms for Agile Coaches

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Personally I love acronyms, because they serve me as mnemonic for some of the important stuff that I shouldn’t forget as an agile coach. Further they are simple to teach and made to stick. Here are my top 5 acronyms for agile coaches:

FROCC

The Scrum values can be easily remembered with the acronym “FROCC”, the misspelled frog:

Focus – we focus on a few things at a time
Respect – we respect our colleagues like we want to be respected
Openness – we express our thoughts about how we are doing
Courage – the team gives us the courage to take greater challenges
Commitment – we are committed to success

Source: https://www.scrumalliance.org/why-scrum/core-scrum-values-roles

DEEP

A well refined product backlog is “DEEP”:

Detailed appropriately – the details are added over time
Estimated – backlog items are estimated
Emergent – a product backlog changes over time
Prioritized – the most valuable items are on top

Source: https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog/make-the-product-backlog-deep

MoSCoW

When it comes to prioritizing your backlog “MoSCoW” can serve you well. Distinguish your features by:

Must have – the requirement is core and must be satisfied for success
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Should have – the requirement is should be satisfied for success
Could have – the requirement is desirable but not necessary for success
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Won’t have – the requirement will not be implemented

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoSCoW_method

INVEST

“INVEST” in well-defined user stories. A user story must be:

Independent – the user story has no dependency to other stories
Negotiable – user stories can always be changed and rewritten
Valuable – a user story must deliver value to the end user
Estimable – you must be able to estimate the size of a user story
Small – a user story must fit into a sprint, but should be smaller
Testable – a user story must be testable

Source: User Stories Applied (Mike Cohn)

SMART

Make (iteration) goals always “SMART”:

Specific – target a specific goal
Measurable – quantify or at least suggest and indicator of progress
Achievable – be realistic
Relevant – check relevancy of the goal
Time-bound – assign a target-date

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria

Any other suggestions?

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Stefan Wunder

My name is Stefan Wunder and I am a passionate Lean & Agile Coach from Graz, Austria. I have been applying Lean & Agile methodologies in various industries and contexts since 2006. Since 2014 I am working as Agile Coach at AVL List GmbH, the world’s largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. I have a Master of Science in software development and business economics. I am Certified Systemic Coach, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified LeSS Practitioner. I am speaker at conferences, and moderator of the Scrum User Group Graz.

2 thoughts on “5 Most Powerful Acronyms for Agile Coaches”

  1. Mike Cohn’s acronym SPIDR for splitting user stories. There are 5 basic patterns to split your stories (it usually boils down to one if these 5):

    S pike
    P ath
    I nterface
    D ata
    R ule

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