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Half-Life of commitments

- Ralph Jocham
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During private PSF (Profession Scrum Foundation) classes my students create a Change Backlog. The idea of this backlog is to codify the things that need to be changed in order to become agile. Actually, after they finished creating the backlog I ask them to put a name on each sticky note, meaning th...

Tags: Teams, Management

Is Having Fun Important for Agile Teams?

- Scrum Admin
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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...

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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
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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 ...


Brain Games

- Scrum Admin
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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

One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees?

- Louis-Philippe Carignan
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In 1968, Frederick Herzberg published the article "One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees?" in the Harvard Business Review (HBR). Over time, it has become a HBR classic, having sold 1.2 million reprints by 1987 and was the most requested article from the publication. During the annu...

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Are you an Agile BA / Tester / Developer / Bottle Washer?

- Rob Maher
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Many people who are working at a company starting out with an agile implementation have a natural question. What does this mean for me?  What is my place on the team?  I am a BA / Tester / Developer / <Insert your title here> – how does this change my role? Lets start out with...

Tags: Teams, Agility

Does your team have a bad apple?

- Edwin Dando
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A fascinating recent study has shown that a single, toxic team member can create group team wide dysfunction and breakdown. We have all worked in teams where there is one “difficult” person. They seem to take up a disproportionate amount of the teams time and energy. Conversati...

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Suavez votre voisin!

- Scrum Admin
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Comme je l’avais promis dans mon billet intitulé « Sauvez votre voisin », je vous présente ici des pistes de réflexion, des techniques et des exemples concrets pour vous inspirer et vous aider à trouver votre propre voie. Comment s’y prend-on pour ...

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The Same Old Way

- No Author
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As someone who develops or tests software, how well do written requirements – a.k.a. “specification documents” – meet your needs? Have you, in fact, ever thought about the ways in which you come to understand what needs to be implemented? Or do you just take for granted tha...

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Metrics to Build Great Agile Teams: Measure Influence, Not Control

- Scrum Admin
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Couple of weeks back, I noticed an incident that triggered this post. Senior Management in a company applauded people for showing individual heroics on the project. Some of them were: Staying late in office to address a client request? Responding to project emails at late night. Rewarding testers on...

Tags: Teams, Behavior

Who stole all my Scrum benefits?

- Edwin Dando
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You’ve seen the statistics - Jeff Sutherland’s group consistently achieving 500-750% increases in productivity, organisations tripling their productivity in a matter of months etc. You’ve implemented Scrum so how come you aren’t reaping these sorts of benefits? [Read more...]...

Tags: Scrum, Teams

Estimating for Software Development, Delivery, and Deadlines

- David Starr
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Software development is often fundamentally different than the analogies used to describe it. Accordingly, estimating what software will be done and by when can be an exercise in frustration. Yet, some teams seem to just "get it", making accurate predictions of cost or effort. Other teams struggle w...


Taylorism and Resources

- Dominik Maximini
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Frederick Winslow Taylor wrote his Book "Scientific Management" back in 1911. His book is available for free online - consider reading it. Taylor wanted to end the "waste of manpower" and stated that "In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first." (p. 7) Taylor quickly ...


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

- Scrum Admin
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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...


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