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Agile Practices Self-Assessment Worksheet

The “Agile Skeleton” - The Bare Minimum to Call Yourself Agile:
Team Members Available to Do Work
Demonstrate Working Software to Get Feedback (no more than thirty days away)
Stakeholders Identified and Invited to Demonstration

Practices Common to Most Agile Methods (Scrum, XP, Lean):
Team Size 7 +/-2, Maximum of 12
Cross-Functional Team
Customer/Product Owner Fully Available to Team
Customer/Product Owner has Authority to Manage System Features
Customer/Product Owner has Knowledge to Define System Features
Customer/Product Owner Communicates with All Other Stakeholders
Regular Iteration/Sprint/Cycle Length
Iteration/Sprint/Cycle Length Less Than Thirty Days
No “Break” Between Iterations/Sprints/Cycles
Consistent and Sustainable Pace/Effort
Daily Status/Scrum/Stand-up Meeting Less Than Fifteen Minutes
Daily Status/Scrum/Stand-up Meeting Held at Consistent Place and Time
Daily Status/Scrum/Stand-up Meeting Team Members Report to Each Other
All Team Members Required to Attend Daily Status/Scrum/Stand-up Meeting
Iteration/Sprint/Cycle Planning with Whole Team
Team Room with All Needed Equipment and Supplies
Quality is Not Negotiable – Defects are Always Top Priority (Stop-the-Line)

Basic Scrum Rules
Full-Time ScrumMaster Identified
ScrumMaster Ensures Skeleton, Common and Basic Scrum Rules Followed
ScrumMaster Tracking and Removing Obstacles
Daily Scrum Meeting with Three Questions (Done? Will Do? Obstacles?)
Anyone Can Observe Daily Scrum Meeting, but Not Participate
First Part of Sprint Planning: Product Backlog Items Selected by Team
Second Part of Sprint Planning Meeting: Team Creates Sprint Backlog of Estimated Tasks
Sprint Backlog Tasks Added/Updated/Removed by Team
Sprint Burndown Chart
Sprint Review Includes Demo and Retrospective
Retrospective Meeting with Whole Team for Process Improvements
Definition of “Done” for Tasks
Definition of “Done” for Product Backlog Items
Definition of “Done” for a Shippable Increment of Software
Commitment Velocity Calculated (from Sprint Backlog Estimates)
Team Members Volunteer for Tasks, 1 Task at a Time Until Complete
Team Can Seek Advice, Help, Information
Team Members Have No Roles
No Interruptions, Advice About or Reprioritization of Team's Work During Sprints
Sprint Planning and Review Meetings 1/20th Sprint Duration

Optional Rules of Scrum to Implement Depending on Context:
Project/Release Burndown Chart
Team of Volunteers – Team Members Self-Select for Team Membership
Planning Velocity Calculated (from Product Backlog Estimates)
Scrum of Scrums for Multiple Teams
Cancelling the Sprint Early

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