Articles published in 2013

Adding Practices to Scrum to Achieve Your Goals

Adding Practices to Scrum to Achieve Your Goals

The Scrum development method is a useful framework to help teams scope, plan, status, and demonstrate their work. When done well, it allows teams to get early feedback on the product they are building and provides a reasonably disciplined method of managing changes in scope. By definition, however, a framework does not tell you how to do everything. . . .

Agile Transitions That Work

Agile Transitions That Work

An Agile transition, whether at an enterprise level or at a development level, is a state of mind that does not waver. This state of mind must be spread across all areas of the organization. It must become a new corporate culture. There isn't a prescription or simplistic solution for a transition. . . .

We Have Socks for Cold Feet

We Have Socks for Cold Feet

Many people are aware of the concept of cold feet, but it tends to come up in the context of getting married, which makes you think of a long-term commitment. Still, how many times have you gone into an organization that claimed they were ready to embrace Agile -- but when it came time for them to go for the gold, they got cold feet?

The Agile Organization

The Agile Organization

Agile is a powerful tool. It can not only be implemented within teams to deliver value but also within an organization to deliver more value to its customers. . . .

Agile in Sync or in Silos

Agile in Sync or in Silos

This article explores a scenario in which teams implement Agile in silos, and it highlights the limitations of such a way of working and proposes an alternative. . . .

The Misleading Road

The Misleading Road

Some days ago I met with an ex-colleague and we found ourselves talking about the Scrum framework, and one of the things that surprised me the most was that he was convinced that Scrum can be implemented and can be successful when the whole development process is already defined. . . .

An Introduction to Scrum

An Introduction to Scrum

Scrum is an Agile process, focused on iterative and incremental development. Here is a look at the basics of Scrum.

Change Your Daily Scrum Meeting

Change Your Daily Scrum Meeting

This article tells the story of our experience implementing a shift in approach during daily Scrum meetings. We went from a typical approach centered on each individual to one centered on each story in the sprint backlog. . . .

The Case for Co-Training

The Case for Co-Training

One of the things that I valued, and continue to value, as a Certified Scrum Trainer is co-training. . . . It is concerning to me that many view co-training as a negative or as something that should not be necessary in order to achieve or maintain the CST credential.

Success Story: How to Estimate Quickly and Efficiently?

Success Story: How to Estimate Quickly and Efficiently?

For release planning of a new, multi-phased project, our team was looking for opportunities to further tune our Lean and Agile estimation processes. We always looked forward to continuously improving our existing Agile practices. One improvement we identified was a quicker turnaround time for completing the estimation exercise during release planning. . . .

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