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The Power of Anonymous Retrospectives

- Scrum Admin
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The Scrum values - Openness, Commitment, Focus, Respect and Courage are the foundation for the behavior and practices in Scrum. It’s difficult for organizations to adhere to these values from the onset of their Agile journey. Agility is about behavior and cultural changes and the values listed...


Can Software Developers Meet the Need?

- Ken Schwaber
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Marc Andreessen provided some insights into the importance of software and the software profession’s ability to meet the need at “Why Software Is Eating The World”. Scrum facilitates control through frequent, regular inspection and adaptation of transparent software functionality....


4 Signs You're Doing Agile Development Wrong

- Erik Weber
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If you're not getting what you want from Agile, these signs might explain why. Agility is the ability for development teams to respond quickly, deliver value sooner, and change your product along with changing customer needs and market opportunities. Implementations of agility vary widely, but we s...

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What my father taught me about Agility Path (34 years before it was invented!)

- Martin Hinshelwood
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A few weeks ago I headed out to the Scrum.org offices in Boston to participate in training to become an Engagement Manager for Agility Path. I was talking to my father about it when I got back and was surprised that he recognised many of the practices and tools. In the 1990′s my father (John ...


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...

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Our Fight Against Technical Debt

- Scrum Admin
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When implementing a new functionality you have two options: blue or red – quick and dirty or smart and clean. If you chose the first option you create a debt that has to be paid at some point. If you go with the second option it takes longer to implement new features but it makes change easier...


Metrics that matter with evidence-based management

- Martin Hinshelwood
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I was recently asked to speak at ALM Days in Dusseldorf and more specifically to create a talk on Metrics and KPI’s for Quality. As I have been working a lot recently with evidence-based management. I am pretty sure that my session title translates as “Test management and reporting &ndas...


Estimating relative sizes (e.g. story points)

- Dominik Maximini
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Many companies face issues when trying to estimate in relative sizes instead of absolute numbers (e.g. Story Points vs. man-hours). In Scrum trainings, it usually is the most difficult concept discussed. Very often, the approach is not well understood and people fall back into known (absolute estima...


Scrum Power of 3 imbalance – Scrum Master as Product Owner

- Simon Reindl
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The question was recently posed to me – What conflicts occur if the Scrum Master is also the Product Owner? This can be seen as a workaround for not getting a dedicated Product Owner, which is dangerous as the key issue of not having anyone in a critical role is not being addressed. There...


Essentials for Creating and Maintaining a High Performance Development Team

- Scrum Admin
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What I see a lot of, is organisations hiring code monkeys rather than professionals. Either they hire: the cheapest talent they can get their hands on. Now they want the best, but how much they have to pay the developer is the most important factor to them, or the person that completes ...


Coaching for Personal Change

- Cesario Ramos
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Coaching works great for change. Coaching is asking the right questions. It is not about providing answers. Every time you provide an answer to a person or team you take away an opportunity for them to self-organize, grow and learn. You take away an opportunity for them to take ownership of the chan...


The Antibiotics of Software Engineering - Agile Testing

- Ralph Jocham
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Surgery is not a recent invention, it dates back millennia. Even if the procedure was successful, often the patient suffered and usually died of subsequent infections - until antibiotics were discovered. In software development we are able to develop rather fast and make significant changes to exis...


Scrum Master’s toolkit: Christopher Avery’s Responsibility Model

- Kate Terlecka
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Few years ago, on a conference I met a great guy – his name was Chris Avery. He mainly works with leaders and high-level management. He introduced me to his Responsibility Process, which I really like. It’s based on a model that you can use in your daily work. And if you’d like to ...

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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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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 ...


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