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How to Write an Agile Job Ad

- Scrum Admin
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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

Upgrade your Sprint Retrospective Meetings

- Richard Hundhausen
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Tired of asking each other “how the Sprint went”? Try one of these alternate Sprint Retrospective activities to change the pace a bit...

Tags: Scrum

The reasons why distributed teams are less effective

- Daniel Racowsky
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There is an agile myth out there: Collocated teams are at least 40% more productive than dispersed (same team on different locations) or distributed (different teams on several locations) ones. I recently did some study on that topic and found a model that very neatly explains the reasons behind the...

Tags: Teams, Agility

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

- Scrum Admin
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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 ...


Failing Builds Aren’t Your Problem

- Ryan Cromwell
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I remember building my first significant build system based on CruiseControl.net, nunit, Wix, and a LOT of pixie dust. Every failed build resulted in a friendly reminder that the team should “probably fix that.” I’d give them some time of course, but I was always the build jerk.


Scrum does not work, that’s why it does work!

- Cesario Ramos
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At my training classes the students get actually a bit disappointed when I tell them that Scrum does not solve many of their problems. Most of the students expect that Scrum will solve most of their problems and quality, productivity, predictability and value will be greatly improved. Well unfortuna...


The value of quality Product Ownership

- Scrum Admin
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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

- Scrum Admin
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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 ...


Go beyond accuracy, expect improvements

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One of the biggest concern that I have received from traditional project manager who is stepping in to the Agile world is about knowing when the project will finish. In traditional project management, a Project Manager will usually expect accuracy in the estimates that the team make. He wants to kno...


Scaling Scrum

- Scrum Admin
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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...


The Separation of Power in Scrum

- Scrum Admin
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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

- Scrum Admin
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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

- Scrum Admin
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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 ...


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

- Scrum Admin
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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

- Scrum Admin
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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. 

Tags: Behavior, Agility

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