Articles published in 2014

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.

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. . . .

Success Story: Sailing Through the Perfect Storm with Scrum

Success Story: Sailing Through the Perfect Storm with Scrum

A high-profile software development project supporting a critical business imperative had been sitting on the shelf for a few months. It was awaiting a new crew to take ownership and successfully sail it to its destination. . . .

A ScrumMasters' CoP Start-Up

A ScrumMasters' CoP Start-Up

The use of communities of practice is an integral part of an Agile organization. Highly functioning communities, with clear vision, autonomy, and focus, can become an important component in sustaining your transformation to Agility and the engine for continuous process improvement.

Agile Coaching

Agile Coaching

If you are an Agile coach, more often than not your client knows very little about the end state where you want your teams to be before you sign off. So what are some of the things that you as an Agile coach should be doing as you land in an alien world, and what are some of the things that can potentially help create a solid foundation for an Agile adoption and transformation that make agility a way of life?

DevOps and Agile

DevOps and Agile

DevOps and Agile complement each other to deploy working functionality into production faster. This article focuses on a subset of DevOps philosophy in the context of Agile development and highlights the key considerations for DevOps and Agile to coexist for expedited delivery. . . .

Agile Waterfall

Agile Waterfall

Complete transformation from Waterfall to Agile is very difficult, as it involves a drastic change of mind-set and culture on the part of the individuals involved. It is easier to apply minute changes rather than huge ones, so I am proposing a middle path, one where instead of drastic moves we are looking at small changes that nonetheless lead toward Agile.

A Case for User Stories

A Case for User Stories

One of the basic principles of Agile development is customer involvement in the project. The customer or user of the software is the single entity that provides what every Agile development team should most seek: customer satisfaction. . . .

Thursday, the Best Day to Kick Off Your New Sprint

Thursday, the Best Day to Kick Off Your New Sprint

A lot of projects follow Scrum. There is often debate about which day to start a new sprint. . . . Here are a few important points to consider before choosing your sprint start day.

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