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Four Things You Need to be "Agile"

- Mark Noneman
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Often, when working with a team new to Scrum and agile software development, I’m asked “How will we know when we’re agile?” At other times, managers will contact me, saying “We’re doing Scrum but we we’re not getting the benefits we expected.” By using...

Tags: Agility

How to Write an Agile Job Ad

- Scrum Admin
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Today I came across yet another job ad for a ScrumMaster—sadly posted to an Agile online group. Here it is, in its essence. I have bolded the terms that especially jarred, but the tone of the whole thing was seriously misguided...

Tags: Management

Upgrade your Sprint Retrospective Meetings

- Richard Hundhausen
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Tired of asking each other “how the Sprint went”? Try one of these alternate Sprint Retrospective activities to change the pace a bit...

Tags: Scrum

The reasons why distributed teams are less effective

- Daniel Racowsky
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There is an agile myth out there: Collocated teams are at least 40% more productive than dispersed (same team on different locations) or distributed (different teams on several locations) ones. I recently did some study on that topic and found a model that very neatly explains the reasons behind the...

Tags: Teams, Agility

Transition to Agile (part 4): The relation with the Project Manager

- Scrum Admin
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I’m a couple of weeks further with the Agile transformation and wondering about my relation with some project managers in the organization. With some of them I build up a good relation and together we made good progress in starting up and manage their projects in an Agile way. But with others ...

Failing Builds Aren’t Your Problem

- Ryan Cromwell
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I remember building my first significant build system based on, nunit, Wix, and a LOT of pixie dust. Every failed build resulted in a friendly reminder that the team should “probably fix that.” I’d give them some time of course, but I was always the build jerk.

Scrum does not work, that’s why it does work!

- Cesario Ramos
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At my training classes the students get actually a bit disappointed when I tell them that Scrum does not solve many of their problems. Most of the students expect that Scrum will solve most of their problems and quality, productivity, predictability and value will be greatly improved. Well unfortuna...

The value of quality Product Ownership

- Scrum Admin
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The Scrum Product Owner role is one of the most misunderstood aspects of the framework. Often I find in my teaching and coaching that people believe the PO’s role is to write user stories and groom the backlog. This is a common misconception that can result in significant value being completel...

Three reasons to choose Kanban over Scrum

- Scrum Admin
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Scrum is a powerful tool. Kanban is a powerful tool. Use them appropriately. Scrum is a tool to help companies become agile (little ‘a’ agile). Some companies report dramatic results following implementation Scrum. Often there is an increase in product quality, customer satisfaction and ...

Go beyond accuracy, expect improvements

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One of the biggest concern that I have received from traditional project manager who is stepping in to the Agile world is about knowing when the project will finish. In traditional project management, a Project Manager will usually expect accuracy in the estimates that the team make. He wants to kno...

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