Articles published in 2014

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. . . .

Unspoken Agile Topics

Unspoken Agile Topics

This paper brings to light some of the least-discussed topics and consequences of "broadband agilization" that currently take place in the industry. . . .

Vision and Goal in Agile

Vision and Goal in Agile

To start, we have to understand the difference between a vision and a goal. . . .

Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile

Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile

You're planning to move away from Waterfall and adopt Agile in your organization. This article offers some steps you can take as you make the transition.

Great Code Doesn’t Always Translate into a Great Product

Great Code Doesn’t Always Translate into a Great Product

My code is well written, unit tested, refactored, and well documented. It has passed all the test scenarios and does what it was supposed to do. Does that make it into a great product?

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