Articles published in 2014

Non-IT Kanban Implementation at Scale

Non-IT Kanban Implementation at Scale

A few days ago, I went to the happy hour of a local staffing firm that specializes in placing Agile technical and leading resources. . . . As I was walking around the office, what caught my eye were a few huge whiteboards attached to the walls. . . .

Let's Stop "Adopting" Agile and Start Becoming Agile

Let's Stop "Adopting" Agile and Start Becoming Agile

The Agile community must be held accountable for guiding organizations into believing that Agile is something that they can just do, adopt, or buy.

Scrum Without a ScrumMaster

Scrum Without a ScrumMaster

Can a team function on its own, without a ScrumMaster?

Baked-in Virtues versus the Zombie Apocalypse

Baked-in Virtues versus the Zombie Apocalypse

What I'd like to do in this article is take a moment to step back, appreciate, and even enjoy a repeated observation that, to me, is much like watching a movie about the zombie apocalypse. . . .

Tips to Conduct Effective Joint Product Backlog Refinement Meetings in a Scaled Way

Tips to Conduct Effective Joint Product Backlog Refinement Meetings in a Scaled Way

Product backlog refinement helps keep the upcoming backlog items discussed in detail and lined up for future sprints. This will improve the rhythm of the Scrum team. . . .

7 Mistakes During the Daily Stand-up Meeting

7 Mistakes During the Daily Stand-up Meeting

A couple of days back, a team member from a different Scrum team was complaining in the Scrum of Scrums that the daily stand-up meeting was a waste of time. . . .

Estimation First Aid from a Scrum Believer

Estimation First Aid from a Scrum Believer

This is the "first-aid kit" of my friend, who is an advanced consultant at a fast-growing IT consultancy. These are tips and tricks he discussed with me for helping teams that are struggling to deal with "time addiction."

Retrospectives: Lessons-Learned Sessions by Another Name?

Retrospectives: Lessons-Learned Sessions by Another Name?

One of the most common comments I receive when coaching or training clients on Scrum is, "We already do retrospectives -- we just call them lessons-learned sessions." While this type of statement is undoubtedly a result of people attempting to make the unfamiliar familiar, it represents a lack of appreciation for how different retrospectives are. . . .

Project Manager to ScrumMaster

Project Manager to ScrumMaster

Generally it is assumed that a PM will take the role of ScrumMaster (SM) for projects that move to Agile. Moving from a well-defined process to one that evolves and improves, . . . a PM has to bridge a gap to take up the role of SM.

As Managers, How Do We Measure a Scrum Team's Effectiveness?

As Managers, How Do We Measure a Scrum Team's Effectiveness?

One might ask, as managers of a Scrum-adopting organization, which metrics could provide an accurate pulse [of the team's progress]? Listed below are some of the KPIs I rely upon for periodic analysis. . . .

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