Articles published in April 2014

The Most Important Assets of a Scrum Team

The Most Important Assets of a Scrum Team

After getting introduced to Agile, and while working for the last five years on Agile projects, I have developed a strong and disturbed feeling toward the word "resources." Let me tell you up front and frankly that I am not against the Human Resources department. But the word "resource" troubles me a lot. . . .

The Agile Journey

The Agile Journey

Change is inevitable. The journey from comfortable to new, however, is never easy. The journey from Waterfall to Agile is no less bumpy. . . .

Techniques for Keeping Retrospectives Lively

Techniques for Keeping Retrospectives Lively

This article highlights the importance of one of the key ceremonies of the sprint, the retrospective. It then goes through some of the common challenges teams face while holding retrospectives. It also puts forth a few thoughts on how to make these reflections thought-provoking ones!

Tracking Organization in Scrum Teams

Tracking Organization in Scrum Teams

There is a difficulty tracking many Scrum teams in any typical organization. Although each Scrum team has its own work area with boards and charts, it is easier for managers to look at all teams and sprints in one place. . . .

Ingredients for a Successful Transformation to Scrum

Ingredients for a Successful Transformation to Scrum

Agile/Scrum is the current buzzword for obvious reasons, such as its self-organized teams and its empowered, motivated individuals working toward a common goal. Miracles are bound to happen. But to realize the real benefits of Scrum, the transformation of the team should be complete in all aspects. . . .

Scrum Is Intrinsically Lean

Scrum Is Intrinsically Lean

This article discusses how Scrum is Lean and supports all seven Lean principles. . . .

Key Elements of the Sprint Retrospective

Key Elements of the Sprint Retrospective

In the sprint retrospective, the team discusses the just-concluded sprint and determines what could be changed that might make the next sprint more productive. The sprint review looks at what the team is building, whereas the retrospective looks at how they are building it.

Plan-Driven Versus Value-Driven Development

Plan-Driven Versus Value-Driven Development

The plan-driven model has been effective for projects in many industries. The world of software engineering, however, is relatively new . . . and when we attempted to apply this model to the world of software it was less successful. . . .

Should a ScrumMaster Do Performance Appraisals for the Development Team?

Should a ScrumMaster Do Performance Appraisals for the Development Team?

A ScrumMaster recently asked me if he should take over responsibility for year-end performance evaluations, since he was closer to the work than the functional manager for the team. It's not the first time I've heard this question, and as more companies begin to use Scrum, I'm sure I'll hear it again. . . .

A Healthy Daily Scrum

A Healthy Daily Scrum

During the transition of a company from the traditional method to Scrum, we faced a lot of problems in changing the culture and mind-set of the development team, due to their long-term dependence on command and control as used in the traditional way. The symptoms of this problem were clear in their attitude during meetings. . . .

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