Articles published in 2013

An Agile Process for User Acceptance Testing

An Agile Process for User Acceptance Testing

As a ScrumMaster, I observed that while the QA team in my prior company was working hard and focused on testing and automation, we were observing significant customer-reported issues. Even though product managers and other subject-matter experts (SME's) were also testing the product, their efforts were largely uncoordinated.

An Agile Adoption Model

An Agile Adoption Model

Today many organizations aspire to take on Agile processes to take advantage of the copious benefits that they offer. Agile adoption comes with its problems, however, as well as undiscovered risks and threats to projects both large and small.

Detailing Backlog Appropriately

Detailing Backlog Appropriately

On one of the projects I am currently managing, I noticed that the product backlog was actually growing rather than shrinking as we progressed through sprints. At one point, there were close to 150 stories in the backlog, all detailed and ready for planning. . . . There was something definitely going wrong.

I Had to Die to Save My Company

I Had to Die to Save My Company

Sometimes your worst enemy is yourself -- and you don't even know it.

Ownership and Self-Organizing Teams

Ownership and Self-Organizing Teams

The general belief is that a self-organizing team has enhanced ability to produce high-quality working software efficiently. But how often are we able to create such environment, where the teams are motivated and take full accountability for the work they do? How often do we see high-performing teams?

The "RICCH-Knowledge" of a ScrumMaster

The "RICCH-Knowledge" of a ScrumMaster

The role of ScrumMaster is not a role for the fainthearted. . . . He is a servant-leader to the team whose authority over the Scrum process can quickly be misunderstood, misinterpreted, or even misrepresented. It is unlikely for the ScrumMaster not to cross the borderline, if he doesn't have a good knowledge of attributes embedded in his role as a servant-leader in the team.

"Why" Is More Important than "How"

"Why" Is More Important than "How"

Working with companies implementing Agile, I have seen that most of the time management is more concerned about how to implement Scrum than why to implement Scrum.

Scrum and Motivation

Scrum and Motivation

As a relatively recent addition to the ScrumMaster ranks, I am finding myself regularly faced with a question related to motivation. Understanding the context of any task is hugely important before a realistic commitment can be agreed upon with the team. More and more, I am seeing that the "why?" is just as important to the team as the "what?" or the "how?"

Avoid the Pandemic: Save the World with Scrum

Avoid the Pandemic: Save the World with Scrum

Can your Scrum team save the world? Try this team-building exercise with the cooperative board game Pandemic.

What Does Your Project or Program Play Card Look Like?

What Does Your Project or Program Play Card Look Like?

On just about any given Saturday or Sunday in the United States, you'll find friends and families enjoying time watching football (or American football, as my European friends call it). Regardless of whether it's the college or pro game, the telev...

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