Author: Hawkmoth

How to build a good Jira Board

Jira. It’s the wonderful agile tool that teams use to keep track of what they’re supposed to do. If there’s anything I’ve learned while being the Jira Administrator of a group of 300 people is that there are many ways Jira can be used and abused by product managers, team leaders and product owners. In the…
Read more


October 5, 2017 0

Sprint Retrospective

A good Sprint Retrospective is an interesting thing. The goal of a ‘Retro’ is to arrive at one to three improvement stories for the team so that it can be more productive in the future. Be careful you don’t fall in a Retro-trap where you basically group-whine for an hour, feel cathartic and have the…
Read more


October 5, 2017 0

Projects, Boards & Backlog

JIRA is a webbased tool, supporting the coordination of Scrum projects. How it works is that you create one project for (normally) one team. This project will contain all issues (kanban cards) Each project can contain 1 or several views. These views are called ‘Boards’. You can select a ‘Kanban’ view or a ‘Scrum’ view.…
Read more


October 4, 2017 0

Agile, Scrum, Jira

Atlassian Jira is a hell of a tool. It’s the tool for anybody that’s interested in working Agile. In this post I want to explain some Jira practices I’ve been employing during my work as a Department Jira Administrator. If you’re a starting Jira enthusiast, you might find some of these tips useful. Keep in mind…
Read more


October 2, 2017 0

Good Sprint Planning (& Refinement)

A good Sprint planning relies heavily on a good Refinement session. While ´Product Backlog Refinement´ is mentioned in the Scrum guide, there is no explanation on how to do a Sprint Refinement Session nor is it mentioned as an Scrum Event. So, I tend to see the Sprint Refinement Session and a standalone event you…
Read more


September 29, 2017 0

Storymapping / Roadmap Session

Storymapping is a great way to get your new DevOps team up and running. The idea is to start with the end in mind and try to design the product end-to-end before you even started. You will do this together with your stakeholders/customers during a workshop that will include a lot of walking around, questions…
Read more


September 29, 2017 0

Good Sprint Reviews

Sprint Reviews are the culmination and presentation of four weeks of hard work. This week was my teams first Sprint Review and for me, as a Scrum Master, it was an important and defining moment for our image in the company. The goals were as follows: Get latest feedback from Stakeholders Introduce the team to…
Read more


June 13, 2017 0