Articles published in 2013

Why Big Bosses Say They're Tired of Agile (or, The Scrum Speech After One Year)

Why Big Bosses Say They're Tired of Agile (or, The Scrum Speech After One Year)

In my journey from a small town and poor farmer family of India to the "Big B's (Bosses)" of the world's largest corporations, I've seen some strange behaviors. Whenever I set up an Agile transformation workshop or an Agile center of excellence i...

Micro PDCA: Improve Your Improvement

Micro PDCA: Improve Your Improvement

The concern about continuous improvement has been a constant at Facta TI since the company's inception. This concern made some practices emerge in a natural way, and they quietly became part of our days. In fact, they became so natural to us tha...

Agile Software Development: A People Business

Agile Software Development: A People Business

Let's face it: People skills is not an area in which the software development community has traditionally excelled. The very traits that can help a developer excel at technical problem solving can often make him or her challenging to work with day...

Step 1: Use a Checklist

Step 1: Use a Checklist

When you're about to engage in a risky activity, such as flying an airplane, it's wise to be prepared. The cost of a mistake may be measured in lives. Thankfully, aviators have figured out a simple but effective means to keep planes flying safely....

Should Defects Be Considered User Stories?

Should Defects Be Considered User Stories?

User stories and story points A user story is a description of functionality at the lowest level of granularity that can be independently developed and demonstrated to generate feedback. Since, in Scrum, we focus on developing the smallest increm...

Becoming a Certified Scrum Professional

Becoming a Certified Scrum Professional

Considering the increasing number of companies practicing Agile, getting a ScrumMaster on the rolls has almost become mandatory. Consequently, lot of people (including PMPs) are getting themselves certified as ScrumMasters (or Certified Scrum Deve...

Is ScrumMaster Time Tracked in Sprints?

Is ScrumMaster Time Tracked in Sprints?

I recently was asked this question: "Typically, does the ScrumMaster have stories in any given sprint that track for iteration planning, backlog refinement, or any other sprint/Scrum tracking activities? Or does the ScrumMaster's time fall outside...

Risk Management in Agile

Risk Management in Agile

There is no definite consensus on the need for risk management within the Agile method. This has led many to believe that risk management is irrelevant in an iterative model. Some follow the approach of ignoring risks until they manifest into issu...

The Retrospective: Know Yourself and Adapt to the World

The Retrospective: Know Yourself and Adapt to the World

In Scrum: The Unity of Knowing and Doing, I discussed the two basic abilities of human beings: knowing and doing. In terms of Scrum, inspection is about knowing, adaption is about doing, and transparency unites knowing and doing. From a team persp...

Why Not Merge Roles in Scrum?

Why Not Merge Roles in Scrum?

I would like to pose the question, "Why not merge roles in Scrum?" I'll begin not by talking about Scrum specifically, but by taking a different approach and using an example. The world of colors We recognize three primary colors: red, blue, and...

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