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Power Play

Power Play

The irony is that Scrum projects eliminate the untenable role of a project manager. Does eliminating the role also imply that we can do away with the talents and responsibilities of a project manager?

An Insight into Joint Retrospectives

An Insight into Joint Retrospectives

This article talks about joint retrospectives -- why they are needed, who participates, when and where they are held, how they are handled, and their benefits and challenges.

Independent QA or Integrated QA?

Independent QA or Integrated QA?

How does an independent QA organization work in an Agile setup?

Do's and Don'ts of Agile Retrospectives

Do's and Don'ts of Agile Retrospectives

One of the core Agile practices is to inspect and adapt. . . . We should work on maximizing the benefits of the retrospective meeting and adapt according to its outputs, or it will turn into a useless ritual.

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.

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. . . .

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. . . .

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