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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

Fearless Journey – the game that gets your team UnStuck

- Scrum Admin
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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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The 1000 students challenge (2)

- Ralph Jocham
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In May of last year I was able to run my first Pay It Forward Scrum Training at the University of Bern in Switzerland. I had blogged about this event there:  The 1000 Students Challenge. Last week-end I had the chance to do the second run at the University of Applied Sciences (FHNW) in Brugg...


Playing Golf and Scrum

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A colleague from my team started playing golf lately. Totally unexpectedly for me, I found out that these days equipment is not expensive any more and you do not need to be a club member. Since playing golf alone is not as much fun as playing together and having some competition, my colleague persua...

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Success is a state

- Andy Brandt
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Our culture is conditioning us to instinctively think of success as a one-time event. In movies when lovers finally overcome obstacles and get together the story ends – “they lived happily ever after” (the interesting questions is: “how?”). In sports an athlete runs, ju...


Nobody’s Perfct

- Scrum Admin
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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.  


Creating upward behavioural spirals in Agile teams - Part 1 of 2

- Edwin Dando
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I love being Scrum Trainer, mentor and coach. It provides regular insights into human behaviour that I personally find utterly fascinating. One of my favourite exercises that I use in Scrum Training is the Ball Game. It is a simple game and gives teams a wonderful opportunity to experience the power...


Time box: Get-Stuff-Done Tool for Risk Reduction, Focus, and Decision Making

- Ryan Cromwell
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Teams talk some good game when they sell Agile to their organizational leaders: real software in a few weeks, higher quality, and, if they’re really good, risk reduction.  “See, if we build these features early,” they say, “and people don’t like it, we’ve sav...

Tags: Behavior, Agility

You sunk my methodology

- Scrum Admin
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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

- Scrum Admin
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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...


What is the roll of the Project Manager in Scrum?

- Scrum Admin
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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

- Scrum Admin
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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...


Definition of Done Discovery

- Ryan Cromwell
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One of the important aspects of Scrum and the more fundamental concept incremental delivery is building Done software each iteration.  There are a lot of holes in that statement, but that makes sense; Scrum is full of holes… on purpose.  If you want answers rather than a framework b...


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