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Has Anyone Seen My Product Owner?

Has Anyone Seen My Product Owner?

As the key stakeholder within the Scrum framework, the product owner is an essential player in ensuring that a relevant and quality solution is delivered. Typically, the product owner role is performed by the product manager, who has the vision and understanding of the end-user requirements to be able to effectively direct the team. If you find yourself working on a project with an "absent" product owner, or with a weak or ineffective product owner, then it is time to speak up.

Should We Standardize Scrum?

Should We Standardize Scrum?

In the last few years, Agile, and especially Scrum, has moved from the periphery of software development to the mainstream. Many organizations have already started to adopt Agile for all of their projects. Many of those who haven’t have plans to do so in the future. In this scenario, it is obvious to look at the challenges of scaling . . .

Scrum: El camino del menor gasto de energía

Scrum: El camino del menor gasto de energía

Recuerdo como le he dicho a mis estudiantes de pregrado y posgrado mi reencarnación anterior, sí cuando fui/soy ingeniero civil, y que luego poco a poco desde los programas para cálculo estructural y matrices inversas, la realización de supermacros en visual basic para excel y la construcción de software para sistemas de información geográfica hizo que llegara al mundo que estaba destinado, el de los sistemas y más precisamente el del software. . . .

Why Not Push the Retrospective to the Next Sprint?

Why Not Push the Retrospective to the Next Sprint?

This has been a discussion in a LinkedIn CSPO group that I would like to share with other people. Simple article, but strong message. The question was, "Why not push the retrospective to the following sprint?"

Beyond Scrum: Lean Enterprise - "Agile R&D Stream"

Beyond Scrum: Lean Enterprise - "Agile R&D Stream"

Smaller and mid-size companies usually don't have their own R&D department. On the other hand, companies that are delivery driven often have "spare time," e.g., time in between projects that needs to be filled with valuable tasks. . . .

7 Ways to Ensure Automation Success

7 Ways to Ensure Automation Success

We're all aware of the importance of test automation in Agile development. I've seen test automation done correctly, and I've seen it done poorly. Leveraging my experience, I present to you my top seven recommendations for ensuring that your automation effort is successful. . . .

Value-Based Agile Adoption

Value-Based Agile Adoption

Adapting based on learning is key to the Agile evolution. Do, Learn, Adapt should be like a spiral ladder that helps you, your team, and your organization innovate and improve with every step you take. The paper illustrates how Agile principles helped overcome issues in an application maintenance environment. . . .

Agile Practices and the "Revealed" Talents

Agile Practices and the "Revealed" Talents

Generally speaking, with increasing use of Agile techniques in the corporate world, more companies are using the available resources in the development of their products. For some, especially those involved in Agile, this statement may seem obvious. However, for others, this tide of agility is just a phase that will be replaced . . .

Managing Distributed Teams

Managing Distributed Teams

Today businesses are shifting to emerging economies (Russia, China, India, the Philippines, etc.) due to reduced business operations cost and an easily available workforce. If I put it more precisely, tomorrow's business will be more virtual and distributed, with "distributed" as its key element. Thus the need for better managing such teams, using the right tools and processes, is becoming increasingly critical for any enterprise company. . . .

ScrumMaster Maturity Model

ScrumMaster Maturity Model

We are all aware that Scrum is the most widely used Agile development framework today in the software industry. One of the interesting roles Scrum introduced is the ScrumMaster role. This ScrumMaster role is unique, and some of the key expectations are . . .

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