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The Separation of Power in Scrum

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There is one element in Scrum which I really appreciate. It is the separation of power in Scrum.  What exactly do I mean with this? Democracies are based on the separation of powers they require...


External developers in Scrum Teams

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Today it is quite common to have external "resources" within your teams. I have hardly come across any company which doesn't have at least some specialists on their teams who are not on their regular payroll. While external developers are not a problem in themselves, the way how those are implemente...


Seeing the Team in the Code

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Conway’s Law reads: Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure. While it has served as a fun adage since its introduction in ...


What is Scrum?

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What is Scrum? Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback...

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To shift or not to shift (the software industry paradigm)

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The software industry has for a long time been dominated by industrial views and beliefs. The universally accepted paradigm was in fact a copy-paste of old industrial routines and theories. Essential in this landscape of knowledge, views and practices is the Taylorist conviction ...


The Power of an Agile Mindset

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Linda Linda has wondered for some time whether much of Agile’s success was the result of the placebo effect, that is, good things happened because we believed they would. The placebo effect is a startling reminder of the power our minds have over our perceived reality. 

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Fearless Journey – the game that gets your team UnStuck

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By: Deborah Hartmann Preuss:  Overview: This card game highlights your Team’s hard-to-reach Big Goal. Players write cards with Obstacles outside their control, stopping them from reaching the Goal. Then together they use Fearless Change++ patterns to design influence Str...

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Nobody’s Perfct

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This game is aimed to learn from failing. Just imagine you are on the Daily Standup meeting. Each player brings his issues to the team and also trying to solve issues that are already open. You will be surprised by patterns of collaborative work and the power of solving issues together with th...

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Craftsmanship in Corporate Software

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The software craftsmanship movement is gaining momentum.  The idea that writing software is a craft is one that you may or may not agree with, but it is hard to disagree with some of the practices that the community promotes.


Guest Post: Affinity Estimating – A How-To

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At the last Scrum Trainer’s Retreat in Boston, MA, Lowell Lindstrom presented a 30-minute exercise on Affinity Estimating. Kane Mar has written a short blog entry on this technique for sizing a large Product Backlog here.  


You sunk my methodology

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This is a game I use to introduce people to iterative development. The aim is to help the players to understand that upfront large plans are pointless the minute they are created. Helmuth (quoted above), for me, was one of the first proponents of an iterative approach.

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Project Management: A Malady

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Contrary to popular myth, Project Management is not a job, a profession or a career path. It is an illness, a disorder characterized by delusion, specifically a desire to control people and outcomes, and a belief that the future can be predicted accurately if only everyone did what they were su...


Scrum.org Launches Agile Webcast Series

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We are excited to announce the premier of the Scrum.org Global Webcast Series, an ongoing public discourse on Agile, Scrum, and professional software development. This free series kicks off January 24th with The Dollars and Sense of Agility, presented by Chad Albrecht, Agile Practice VP at Centare. ...


What is the roll of the Project Manager in Scrum?

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I get a lot of questions about the role of the Project Manger in the world of Scrum and there is usually a lot of hemming and hawing from consultants and Scrum coaches that want to take the touchy-feely approach.


Origins of the Craft: Iterative / Incremental

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For your consideration, a paper written by Victor Basili and Albert Turner, Iterative Enhancement : A Practical Technique for Software Development. They make some very good points about iterative feature development, some of which I’d like to call out in this post. Here are some...


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