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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. . . .

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."

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?

Agilossary

Agilossary

Here is a glossary, from A to Z, of useful Scrum and Agile terms.

Build a Great Agile Team like Alex Ferguson of Manchester United

Build a Great Agile Team like Alex Ferguson of Manchester United

The vital but most overlooked ingredient that contributes to making or breaking an Agile team is people. . . .

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