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What Does the Agile Manifesto Mean?

What Does the Agile Manifesto Mean?

As we all know, the Agile Manifesto was authored at a ski lodge in Utah in 2001. These important guidelines and principles drive much of what we do. These simple, elegant words are very difficult to use in the real world and sometimes, in my opini...

Sit Down and Learn from the Master: The ScrumMaster's Responsibility to Educate

Sit Down and Learn from the Master: The ScrumMaster's Responsibility to Educate

When I took my first Certified ScrumMaster course, I was taught that one of the responsibilities of the ScrumMaster is to educate. The role of educator is an increasingly important one, as we see more and more organizations adopting Scrum at the e...

How Should We Use Velocity?

How Should We Use Velocity?

In Scrum, velocity is how much product backlog effort a team can handle in one sprint. This can be estimated by viewing previous sprints, assuming the team composition and sprint duration are kept constant. Velocity is used in sprint planning to f...

Scrum Is Already Out There

Scrum Is Already Out There

When some people talk about the future of Agile approaches, and Scrum in particular, they consider the spread of Scrum outside of IT. To properly accompany the Agile transition to another world, I think that asking how to move Agile outward from I...

Evolution or Revolution — Implementing Scrum Is Tough!

Evolution or Revolution — Implementing Scrum Is Tough!

Please don't excommunicate me! This article may seem a little Machiavellian, because it is. There's a lot of soft stuff talked about business change. Anyone who's implementing Scrum in a Waterfall-centric organization will understand that the rea...

Comparing Agile and Waterfall Values

Comparing Agile and Waterfall Values

The cleverness and dexterity of Egyptian workmanship, as evidenced in the pyramids, is magnificent. In them we can see the unlimited human capacity for imagination and architecture. Even today, researchers still study the organizational chart and ...

Agile Contracting: A Story-Point Billing Model

Agile Contracting: A Story-Point Billing Model

Introduction Contracting and billing models have always been a point of debate in the IT world. Fixed price or time and material? Which one to select? Both models have been criticized for their biased features toward vendor or customer, but this ...

Experiences in Agile Coaching: Courage as a Value

Experiences in Agile Coaching: Courage as a Value

Agile teams find a lot of benefit from external coaching. Especially teams who, for whatever reasons, have not been focusing on continuous improvement. In my experience as an Agile coach, I've come across many situations where I could add value as...

How to Form Teams in Large-Scale Scrum? A Story of Self-Designing Teams

How to Form Teams in Large-Scale Scrum? A Story of Self-Designing Teams

How long does it take an organization to reorganize in order to adopt Scrum? Three hours. Really. Background and goal Bank of America's Merrill Lynch (BAML) Global Securities Operations Technology decided to adopt Scrum — and needed some c...

Introducing the Three Amigos

Introducing the Three Amigos

What was the problem? In order to encourage the incorporation of Agile practices into our software project, we adopted the roles and artifacts of Scrum. Features were assigned to iterative sprints, the product owner maintained a prioritized produ...

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