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Go with the Workflow

Go with the Workflow

How one CSP discovered that when explaining product backlog items to new teams, it's best to avoid delving into details about the PBI itself and instead focus on the the workflow of a PBI and the interaction with the Scrum framework.

Agile Alliance: Living our Values & Principles in Crisis

Agile Alliance: Living our Values & Principles in Crisis

The Agile 2010 conference, long planned for Nashville, TN, suddenly had to be relocated due to severe flooding. Read the story of how this Scrum Alliance-sponsored conference used agile values and principles to respond quickly to change.

Managing Myopia with Release Burndowns

Managing Myopia with Release Burndowns

Sprint burndowns are an essential Scrum artifact. Teams use them throughout the sprint to track work remaining. But one CSP has found that, for his projects, a release burndown has become just as essential, especially when it comes to communicating with upper management.

Effective Retrospectives & Reviews

Effective Retrospectives & Reviews

Are your team’s retrospectives really worth the effort? Do the problems you identify actually get solved? If not, your team might need some help learning how to use retrospectives to continuously improve. This article illustrates how Scrum teams can continuously improve by using a combination of their definition of done, working agreements, and the product backlog.

Agile Coaching Qualities, from A to Z

Agile Coaching Qualities, from A to Z

Successful ScrumMasters and agile coaches share many positive qualities—listed here from A&A to Z&Z. Attitude & Affirmations Dress up your attitude and you can achieve 100 percent success. Affirmation is a self talk – w...

New to User Stories?

New to User Stories?

Everyone knows that to do Scrum well, you must change the way you approach requirements. But when you're just getting started it's hard to know the difference between traditional requirements, use cases, and user stories. And even harder to know which one works for you. Charles Suscheck, with co-author William Nazzarro, shares his knowledge and experience to help you choose the methodology that works best for you.

Common Product Owner Traps

Common Product Owner Traps

Product owners play a key part in creating successful products with Scrum: They are in charge of the product and lead the development effort. But this new, multi-faceted role can be challenging to apply. For many organizations, the path to effective product ownership is littered with traps and pitfalls. This article helps you recognize and avoid some of the most common traps.

Ask the Coach

Ask the Coach

Recently I had an opportunity to speak with Alan Atlas, a Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach who works for Rally Software. In this conversation Alan shares his insight on the state of Agile and Scrum. He also takes a stab at predict...

Orlando Scrum Gathering 2010: A Diary

Orlando Scrum Gathering 2010: A Diary

Read one attendee's perspective on the 2010 Orlando Gathering. This article also includes links to several other first-hand accounts of the gathering.

Scrum Success in a Distributed Team Environment

Scrum Success in a Distributed Team Environment

In today’s work environments, research proves that distributed Scrum teams can achieve the same quality results as collocated teams, but relationships, communication and culture play important roles in the latter. About Scrum Since its inc...

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