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?