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We're Moving to Agile: What Are Our Testers Going To Do?

February 9, 2016
Pradeepa Narayanaswamy shares her insights into the keys of agile testing including understanding the agile testing mindset and goals. She discusses the responsibilities of a tester in an agile team and describes the diverse skill sets required in those teams.

The 18 Characteristics of a Great Product Owner

January 19, 2016
During a recent Product Owner training I gave the participants the assignment to complete the sentence "A great Product Owner..." The result was a nice overview of characteristics, skills and conditions necessary to fulfill this role in a great manner. In this blog post I'll share the result, completed with a short explanation and some more ideas of my own.

Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule

January 1, 2016
Recently I had a discussion with a developer about the amount of meetings we're having nowadays within organisations. Part of it was related to Scrum, "Since the introduction of Scrum all I do is attend meetings". And part of it wasn't, "Every week I need to discuss how to improve the productivity of my department... cancelling these type of meetings might be a good start..."

Team Culture over Project Culture

November 24, 2015
Recently I read the book 'The People's Scrum' by Tobias Mayer. In this book he spends a chapter on describing the differences between project culture and team culture. To me, the given examples of both types of culture are highly recognizable and I can easily extend and complement the list of examples with my own experiences.

Commitment versus Forecast

November 13, 2015
​​​​​​​In my previous blog post 'The 9 Smells of an Organization' I described the difference between the terms commitment and forecast. This resulted in an intriguing discussion that triggered me to elaborate some more on this topic and share the highlights of this conversation.

The Scrum Master as a Mentor

September 7, 2015
The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand and apply the Scrum framework better.
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Product Owner, Product Manager, or Project Owner?

August 25, 2015
In this AgileConnection article, Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer Charles Suscheck discusses the role of Product Owner and if you really want to get the benefit of Scrum, you have to make the mind shift to product ownership, not project management or project ownership.