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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
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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
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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...]


Do you regularly refine your Product Backlog?

- Daniel Tobler
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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
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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
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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...


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
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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...]...

Tags: Agility

DOD has made it illegal to do waterfall

- Martin Hinshelwood
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Did you know that the DOD has made it illegal to do waterfall? For the first time in many years the Department of Defence (DOD) in the United States had made a major update to its procurement rules. They can no longer be held accountable for holding up our industry, and being culpable for its inabil...

Tags: Agility

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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Product Owner Checklist

- Lare Lekman
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"This brief checklist helps you remember the most important things to become a good Product Owner." As the Product Owner you are responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team. Your way of doing this may vary across organizations, Scrum Teams, and ...


Initial Thoughts on Leadership

- Ben Thorp
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I am not a born leader. I am lazy. I procrastinate. I get frustrated with people. I have self-esteem issues. I lack confidence in social situations. I lose patience with my children. I enjoy praise and recognition. I have trouble making decisions. Relinquishing control gives me heartburn. I make exc...

Tags: Management

There is no “do agile” there is only "be agile"

- Martin Hinshelwood
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I commented on Scrum is hard to adopt and disruptive to your organisation before and I think that for most companies this is just beyond their comprehension. They are fundamentally misunderstanding agile and trying to do agile rather than be agile. There are no trainings or certifications...


A smart travel companion to Scrum

- Gunther Verheyen
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Scrum is not a goal in itself, Scrum is a mean. Scrum is a path that a person, a team, an organization takes toward increased competitiveness, higher responsiveness, more learning, more creativity, optimistic opportunism, a sustainable way of working, restored respect for people. Scrum is a journey ...

Tags: Scrum

How to make a good Product Owner

- Adam Cogan
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At my Teched talks this month (Australia and New Zealand) I talked about Product Owners. After my session there were lots of discussion around the Product Owner Scrum role, and what makes a good one. I loved hearing the stories of dysfunction about Product Owners who have not done their job well. ...


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