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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,...

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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 ...

Scrum Master’s toolkit: The Dreyfus Model Of Skill Acquisition

- Kate Terlecka
in Community Blogfeed

Why a Scrum Master’s toolkit? Because lots of SM’s and managers/leaders who would like to build better Teams and Scrum Teams struggle with good sources of knowledge. Of course there is Patrick Leoncioni, the Heath brothers, Tom DeMarco, Esther Derby, Diana Larssen, Lyssa Adkins, Seth God...

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Agile Value

- Ken Schwaber
in Resources

Every year, organizations spend 4-10% of their revenues on their IT organizations. Value is expected in return for these expenditures. Here, value is defined as the financial benefit that an organization receives for expenditures. When measured, value can encompass an entire organization, or be con...

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...

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Using Scrum for Organisational Change Management

- Edwin Dando
in Community Blogfeed

When I first started doing Scrum I was focused on project delivery. As a software professional I wanted to find better ways of delivering customer value and Scrum made total sense to me. But as I applied Scrum, I started to realize that Scrum isn’t actually about delivery; it is about chan...

The 1000 Students Challenge (4)

- Ralph Jocham
in Community Blogfeed

In May of 2011 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 here: The 1000 Students Challenge Last week-end I had the third run at the University of Applied Sciences. [Read more...]

Give Thanks For Scrum: The 5th ANNUAL 11/26/2013

- Scrum Admin
in News

Join Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland, and the Scrum Community of Greater Boston for The 5th Annual Give Thanks For Scrum happening on November 26, 2013 in Woburn, MA. Jeff and Ken give keynotes, and answer your most challenging Scrum questions. Expect great sessions; great socializing; great food, and...

Do you regularly refine your Product Backlog?

- Daniel Tobler
in Community Blogfeed

Do your Sprint Planning Meetings last longer than 2 hours? Are there heated discussions about unclear requirements and does the Product Owner have a hard time to answer the questions? Is it normal that new detail requirements pop up during the Sprint you implement the according Product Backlog item?...

NPR’s Gone Agile…Even Their Newsroom!

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

On the last blazing hot day of fall, Rob Bole (Director of Innovation at BBG) and I (Erica Malouf, Blogger/Researcher at BBG) hopped in a cab near the National Mall and landed at the shiny, new NPR headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street NE. We had one mission: corner Zach Brand, head of all thing...

Scrum and Agile Adoption: Backsliding into Waterfall Habits

- Charles Bradley
in Community Blogfeed

It’s very common, when an organization is in the Shu level of learning Agile or Scrum, for it to fall into old, bad, waterfall habits. Today I’d like to talk about two bad waterfall habits: tracking so called ‘individual velocity,’ and tracking actual effort expended on a tas...

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Sprint Retrospectives in Practice

- Scrum Admin
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A couple of months ago we looked at how to conduct a Sprint Review. We saw that a Review considers what work was done, and distinguished it from a Sprint Retrospective which reflects upon how work is being done. The distinction between the two can appear to be rather academic, and slurring a Review ...

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Agile Compass

- Simon Reindl
in Community Blogfeed

When we use Agile methods we have to continually face up to challenges and uncertainty. As following a map can lead us to obstacles we have to overcome, we need something to guide us. An Agile Compass helps us to keep focus on our objectives and aligned with Lean and Agile principles. [Read more...]...

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