Articles published in January 2014

Success Story: Winning with Joint Story Sessions

Success Story: Winning with Joint Story Sessions

This is our journey of how we achieved a state of zero functional defects (mostly) by implementing joint story sessions in a multicultural, geographically distributed, multi-vendor environment. . . .

Follow up with FEELING

Follow up with FEELING

Making sure an action is done is only a small part of the value of the follow-up process. The big reason to follow up after creating new thinking is to support the creation of new long-term habits that will improve people's performance. . . . One way we can do this is to use the FEELING model.

7 Key Characteristics of an Effective Product Owner

7 Key Characteristics of an Effective Product Owner

The product owner (PO) is a key player in the development of a solution using Agile. IT organizations just starting to move to Agile ways of working may fall into the trap of perceiving the PO as a messenger for the business, relaying what the business stakeholders describe as requirements. . . .

Maria Montessori + Agile Thinking = Scrum

Maria Montessori + Agile Thinking = Scrum

Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society. The overview . . . gives us a clear sense of the overlap between Montessori education and Scrum.

Product Owner = Strategic Thinking

Product Owner = Strategic Thinking

We all know that Scrum has three roles: the product owner, ScrumMaster, and the development team. For each role, I have determined one high-level element that would typically define that role and its related responsibilities. . . .

Why Use a Definition of Done in an Agile Project?

Why Use a Definition of Done in an Agile Project?

If you want to learn to play the piano, it's going to be a tough endeavor if it takes 30 minutes before your piano produces a sound after you press a key. . . .

How to Be a Stellar Product Owner

How to Be a Stellar Product Owner

Some POs may lose their focus on the team as external priorities shift. To address this and a few other factors that can affect the transition from being an average PO to being a stellar PO, I've listed some traits that can help a PO move in that direction. . . .

Work Agreements for a Scrum Team

Work Agreements for a Scrum Team

Work agreements are the set of rules/disciplines/processes the team agrees to follow without fail to make themselves more efficient and successful. This system has worked really well for my team. . . .

Introspecting Scrum Retrospectives

Introspecting Scrum Retrospectives

The effectiveness of retrospection ceremonies depends on the way action items are tracked to closure. Here are some common observations I have made, based on my experience with teams performing Scrum retrospectives. . . .

Using Architects in Scrum Projects

Using Architects in Scrum Projects

One of the principles of the Agile Manifesto states, "The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams." The key term in this principle is team.

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