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Four simple principles for highly effective teams

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The only principles that make a difference are the ones you know by heart, swear by, and live by. Everything else is just blather. For a long time, I've been fascinated from afar by Agile programming practices, which have proven themselves on all these levels. I've wondered why they haven't been ...


Agile Retrospectives for High-Performing Teams: Experiments to Take Them to The Next Level

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The ability to inspect and adapt is what differentiates good software development teams from great software development teams. For agile teams, the retrospective is a key event to making that happen. Just as the daily scrum is a scheduled time each morning to plan an attack for the day, the retrospe...


Professional Scrum Developer Objective Domain

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A Professional Scrum Developer has a knowledge of Scrum and is able to work effectively on a Development Team within the Scrum framework while delivering value in the form of working software. This outline lists those general and specific things a certified Professional Scrum Developer knows.


The Herculean Doughnut

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This is a game I created, which was then used and refined by me and my colleague Laurie Young to help gauge how well everyone involved in a project understand their responsibilites to the project and each other. It lends insight in to the pre-conceptions that people have about how projects should be...

Tags: Agile Games

Using Scrum to manage complex projects: A cognitive perspective (and why it is better suited for our brains)

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I recently received an interesting scientific article from Gunther Verheyen titled "Getting Things Done: The Science Behind Stress-Free Productivity" (Heylighen & Vidal, in press). The article discusses possible scientific explanations for the success of a personal productivity approach called "...

Tags: Scrum, Behavior

How to Write an Agile Job Ad

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Today I came across yet another job ad for a ScrumMaster—sadly posted to an Agile online group. Here it is, in its essence. I have bolded the terms that especially jarred, but the tone of the whole thing was seriously misguided...

Tags: Management

Transition to Agile (part 4): The relation with the Project Manager

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I’m a couple of weeks further with the Agile transformation and wondering about my relation with some project managers in the organization. With some of them I build up a good relation and together we made good progress in starting up and manage their projects in an Agile way. But with others ...


Chief Craftsman at Scrum.org tapped to improve Microsoft’s Visual Studio product line

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Scrum.org announced today that its Chief Craftsman, David Starr, will soon be joining Microsoft as Senior Program Manager in Visual Studio ALM. Since joining Scrum.org in 2011, David has driven significant improvements in all of Scrum.org’s programs, and has dedicated himself to helping te...


Definition of Done

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The Scrum Guide describes the Definition of Done (DoD) as a tool for bringing transparency to the work a Scrum Team is performing. It is related more to the quality of a product, rather than its functionality. As Scrum Teams work together using the Scrum framework to develop a product, it is impo...


Scrum.org is Hiring - Looking For an Experienced Marketing Manager

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Scrum.org is leading the growth and evolution of Scrum to improve the profession of software development. We are seeking a talented, driven, and seasoned Marketing Manager to join our Marketing team to help lead that growth. You can find more detailed information about this role here.


Suspending Scrum Extensions

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Scrum.org is suspending the Scrum extension program, effective immediately. Scrum extensions were conceived as a way to provide community-driven guidance for Scrum techniques that go beyond the basic rules of Scrum set forth by the Scrum Guide. Organizations new to Scrum or struggling in adopting...


The value of quality Product Ownership

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The Scrum Product Owner role is one of the most misunderstood aspects of the framework. Often I find in my teaching and coaching that people believe the PO’s role is to write user stories and groom the backlog. This is a common misconception that can result in significant value being completel...


Three reasons to choose Kanban over Scrum

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Scrum is a powerful tool. Kanban is a powerful tool. Use them appropriately. Scrum is a tool to help companies become agile (little ‘a’ agile). Some companies report dramatic results following implementation Scrum. Often there is an increase in product quality, customer satisfaction and ...


Scaling Scrum

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The simplest situation of doing product development with Scrum is to have one Product Backlog capturing the desirements for that Product, and having one Scrum Team implementing that Product Backlog in Sprints. The Development Team has all skills to turn several Product Backlog items into D...


Scrum Extensions Update from InfoQ

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The inquisitive folks over at InfoQ contacted us last month to figure out what has been going on with Scrum Extensions. They asked some great questions and we were happy to share our experiences thus far. That conversation was posted yesterday on InfoQ.com.


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