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Essentials for Creating and Maintaining a High Performance Development Team

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

What I see a lot of, is organisations hiring code monkeys rather than professionals. Either they hire: the cheapest talent they can get their hands on. Now they want the best, but how much they have to pay the developer is the most important factor to them, or the person that completes ...


Agile Processes in Telecom Sales Teams

- Ahmet Akdag
in Community Publications

This white paper summarizes one sales team’s Scrum transition. The company reviewed is one of the largest GSM operators in Middle East and East Europe region. With over 2000 employees, they provide innovative value added services to over 8 million customers. The company focused on revenue...


Resurrecting the Much-Maligned Scrum of Scrums

- Charles Bradley
in Resources

I have encountered many in the Agile community who love Scrum but seem to hate on the practice of Scrum of Scrums. Others describe their Scrum of Scrums as an overarching meeting of Scrum Masters, or as a meeting for a Product Owner team. In my experience, however, a Scrum of Scrums is a great way ...


Coaching for Personal Change

- Cesario Ramos
in Community Blogfeed

Coaching works great for change. Coaching is asking the right questions. It is not about providing answers. Every time you provide an answer to a person or team you take away an opportunity for them to self-organize, grow and learn. You take away an opportunity for them to take ownership of the chan...


The Antibiotics of Software Engineering - Agile Testing

- Ralph Jocham
in Community Blogfeed

Surgery is not a recent invention, it dates back millennia. Even if the procedure was successful, often the patient suffered and usually died of subsequent infections - until antibiotics were discovered. In software development we are able to develop rather fast and make significant changes to exis...


Agile Transformation at Philips

- Scrum Admin
in Community Publications


Measuring Success, Measuring Value

- Gunther Verheyen
in Resources

The aim to deliver valuable software is a great, core principle of the agile movement. The difficulty however is that ‘value’ in itself is hardly quantifiable. Yet, I do believe it is imperative to think in terms of value in software development and therefore overcome some fluffiness att...


Scrum Master’s toolkit: Christopher Avery’s Responsibility Model

- Kate Terlecka
in Community Blogfeed

Few years ago, on a conference I met a great guy – his name was Chris Avery. He mainly works with leaders and high-level management. He introduced me to his Responsibility Process, which I really like. It’s based on a model that you can use in your daily work. And if you’d like to ...

Tags: Scrum Master

Is Having Fun Important for Agile Teams?

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

Working in an agile team can sometimes be stressful. For instance when the needs of the customers are unclear, if there is a lot of work to be done, or when team members are having difficulties doing their work. You might ask the question if having fun could reduce the feelings of stress, increase m...

Tags: Teams

The Deadly Disease of the Focus Factor

- Henrik Berglund
in Community Publications

There is this small germ that keeps thriving year after year. Untreated it will bring the organizations it infects to an unheroic death. To check your organizational health, answer these two questions: Do you estimate work in “ideal” hours? Do you follow up on your estimates,...

Tags: Teams, Behavior

How does increased transparency reduce risk in software development projects?

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

Lack of transparency leads to poor quality, which has a strong negative impact on organisation’s brands and revenue. Customers delay sales, and you lose revenue because of poor quality Releasing poor quality software builds the expectation that initial releases will be buggy. If a release ...


Scrum Master’s toolkit: The Dreyfus Model Of Skill Acquisition

- Kate Terlecka
in Community Blogfeed

Why a Scrum Master’s toolkit? Because lots of SM’s and managers/leaders who would like to build better Teams and Scrum Teams struggle with good sources of knowledge. Of course there is Patrick Leoncioni, the Heath brothers, Tom DeMarco, Esther Derby, Diana Larssen, Lyssa Adkins, Seth God...

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Agile Value

- Ken Schwaber
in Resources

Every year, organizations spend 4-10% of their revenues on their IT organizations. Value is expected in return for these expenditures. Here, value is defined as the financial benefit that an organization receives for expenditures. When measured, value can encompass an entire organization, or be con...


Brain Games

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

Brainstorming is a technique that is often used in Scrum. Especially during Sprint Retrospectives. Brainstorming has some basic rules which are urged to provide its efficiency:  Don’t judge or criticize ideas. Encourage fantastic and wild ideas. Go for quantity. The mor...

Tags: Teams, Behavior

Using Scrum for Organisational Change Management

- Edwin Dando
in Community Blogfeed

When I first started doing Scrum I was focused on project delivery. As a software professional I wanted to find better ways of delivering customer value and Scrum made total sense to me. But as I applied Scrum, I started to realize that Scrum isn’t actually about delivery; it is about chan...


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