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Scaling Agile with Agility: A Focus on Teams

February 5, 2018
Expanding a successful department-level agile initiative across an enterprise requires an agile project approach of its own. Agile delivery has hit a tipping point, with the majority of IT organizations finding some level of agile success. For these organizations, the next logical step is to scale this success into an "enterprise adoption", taking the value they are getting from a single team and replicating it.

From Sheep Dog to Lap Dog

January 23, 2018
Back in the early days of Scrum, the Scrum Master role was exciting. The days of the pigs & chickens, the days when being a Scrum Master was considered dangerous. In those times there was the saying a dead Scrum Master is a useless Scrum Master  And even today I still use that when selecting a Scrum Master to work with.  If you never got fired as a Scrum Master then you probably did not show enough courage to achieve breakthrough improvements.
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Improving the Adoption of Agile

January 18, 2018
InfoQ interviewed Dave West about the adoption of agile and applying Scrum Studio, what the industry can do to increase the understanding of agile approaches and what the industry should stop doing, and what the future will bring for agile.
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Scrum.org reveals new updates to the Nexus Guide

January 17, 2018
In this SD Times article, they look at how Scrum.org is announcing new updates to the Nexus Guide, the body of knowledge for using its Nexus framework to scale Scrum. The new updates focusing on adding clarification as well as asserting the importance of transparency at scale.
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Why We Need Nexus

January 17, 2018
“I designed a defined framework for using many Scrum Teams on a single product or problem. The result is Nexus, an exoskeleton that rests on top of many Scrum Teams. Nexus provides information and management information for guiding their working together.” - Ken Schwaber
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Scrum.org Releases New Updates to Nexus, the Framework for Scaling Scrum

January 17, 2018
Scrum.org, the mission-based organization dedicated to improving the profession of software delivery through training, certification assessments and community, today announced that it has made updates to the Nexus Guide, the body of knowledge for using its Nexus framework to scale Scrum. The Nexus Guide was initially released in August 2015.

Yes I can Continously Deliver with Scrum!

January 16, 2018
During some Scrum training classes, I have been asked, can teams practice Continuous Delivery (CD) , using the Scrum Framework? The answer is a resounding yes!   Let's explore why some believe that Scrum only allows you to release at the most, every Sprint against what the Scrum Guide says.   
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Why Diversity Matters

January 16, 2018
Diversity boosts innovation in companies in times, when the rate of outside change is high. Diversity of people across culture, gender, religion, physical ability, ethnicity and other individual differences have to offer value for the group. Diversity in teams can generate greater idea flow and help making faster and better decisions. 

My take on Agile leadership

January 13, 2018
The intention of this blog post is to test the content of an upcoming book that I am writing on Leanpub called So You Want To Be A Hero: Soft skills at the core of Agile leadership. While I agree that Agile is eating the world, I believe we have to revisit our understanding of leadership to support Agile. To quote Denning in his article, "this kind of leadership is beyond the capabilities of the lumbering industrial giants of the 20th Century."
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World Servants Improves Global Living Standards with Scrum

January 12, 2018
With Scrum, World Servants Product Owners are able to identify which of their requests are higher priority and should be completed first. In turn, they also use Scrum to help them collectively agree on which backlog items should be assigned to the IT department in the next Scrum Sprint - a time-box of 30 days or less during which a “Done,” usable, and potentially releasable product increment is created.
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10 top digital transformation trends for 2018

January 8, 2018
In the year 2018, how will companies use development processes, business practices, IT infrastructure, and technologies like artificial intelligence and IoT to help drive digital transformation? While many organizations are starting down the path, sometimes with an eye to improving the user experience (UX), progress levels, types of initiatives, and specific implementations vary a lot from one industry to another and even between individual companies. That’s the general consensus of opinion among a variety of informed observers.
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Itero Group, LLC announces Miller as Vice President of Agile Innovation

January 5, 2018
Todd Miller comes to Itero Group, LLC as an experienced Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agile Coach, and Developer. In his most recent roles, Todd trained and coached enterprises and teams across the United States on the Scrum framework, enterprise agile transformation, and professional software development. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer for Scrum.org.
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Ken Schwaber's Impact on Agile, Scrum and More from David Dame

December 30, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame talks about his experiences over many years working in the Agile community and with Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum, founder of Scrum.org and signatory of the Agile Manifesto. David looks at his history with Ken and Ken's impact on the industry. (2:13 minutes)
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Scrum is at the Core of Modern Practices

December 30, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame discusses how many modern practices and techniques have Scrum at their core and why the empiricism of Scrum continues to be so important today. (1:39 minutes)
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Scrum with Design Thinking

December 30, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame talks about how using Scrum with practices from Design Thinking can come together to help deliver better solutions to customers. (3:08 minutes)

The Importance of Common Sense

December 30, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame discusses why you need to think and use common sense when working. With Scrum being empirical, you need to leverage common sense in making changes and decisions. Sometimes, you need to make assumptions and moves based on knowledge instead of just hard and fast rules. (1:55 minutes)
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The Importance of Diversity in Scrum Teams

December 30, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame talks about why diversity in Scrum Teams is so important.  Topics include diverse thinking, capabilities and knowledge. (2:27 minutes)
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You Can Contribute Without Being an Expert

December 30, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer David Dame discusses how people can always be learning and why you don't have to be an expert to contribute to the Scrum Team. (2:14 minutes)
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An Introduction to the Cynefin Model

December 29, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Erwin van der Koogh takes you through the Cynefin model that he uses to determine the how to approach problems from simple to complex. (5:03 minutes)