Articles published in September 2013

ScrumMaster, Get off Your High Horse

ScrumMaster, Get off Your High Horse

When ScrumMasters attempt to explain the concept of Agile and self-organized teams (and in the process also explain the role of management in an Agile environment), they are faced with comments such as, "ScrumMaster, get off your high horse."

How to Manage the "7 Wastes" of Agile Software Development

How to Manage the "7 Wastes" of Agile Software Development

Based on the seven wastes of manufacturing industry, Mary and Tom Poppendieck have defined seven wastes that are appropriate for software development. What follows provides information about the meaning of each of the seven wastes of software development. . . .

ScrumMastering by Clarity of Distance

ScrumMastering by Clarity of Distance

In my experience as ScrumMaster, I'm learning  that the less I'm involved in details and technical tasks, like a team member, the better able I am to see what is really going on in the team dynamics and how to navigate the conflicts. . . .

Take the "Complexity" out of Estimation

Take the "Complexity" out of Estimation

I was coaching a Scrum team through planning when something interesting happened. The team composition had recently changed, and the members had just come out of a Potentially Shippable Increment (PSI) planning meeting the day before. . . .

 Productive Scrum Teams

Productive Scrum Teams

Scrum is like a rafting team; if anybody gets tired, then we may lose control of raft. . . .

A Method to Help Detect Problems When Using Scrum

A Method to Help Detect Problems When Using Scrum

In Scrum, the ScrumMaster is responsible for ensuring that the Scrum team adheres to Scrum theory, practices, and rules. The ScrumMaster is responsible for acting as team facilitator. It sounds simple, but it is a lot of responsibility. . . .

Agile and Its Value: Part 2

Agile and Its Value: Part 2

I was searching for a bookshelf to buy for my home. After looking into the market, I decided to go to the carpenter store nearby. . . .

Scrum Training: The Scrum Guide Explained for the Self-Organizing Team

Scrum Training: The Scrum Guide Explained for the Self-Organizing Team

This PowerPoint training is based on the Scrum Guide. It uses the self-organizing team as a main thread to link all components of Scrum. Scrum values, pillars, and artifacts are treated as "weapons" of the self-organizing team.

Agile User Stories

Agile User Stories

If you don't get the user needs right, it doesn't matter how well you execute the rest of the project. Requirements are the foundation for all the project work that follows. . . .

The Case Against Task Hours Reporting for a Sprint Burn-Down

The Case Against Task Hours Reporting for a Sprint Burn-Down

Teams new to Scrum frequently push back on the Scrum rituals and the updates. The most painful of these is updating hours left. . . .

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