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The Self-Appraising Team

The Self-Appraising Team

However exhaustive and meticulous your current employee appraisal process is, chances are you aren't pleased with the outcome. The primary objective of a performance appraisal is performance improvement, starting with the individual and rolling up...

Seven Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started out as a ScrumMaster

Seven Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started out as a ScrumMaster

Typically, when an organization starts using Scrum, the person chosen to play the role of ScrumMaster comes from some sort of managerial background. The organization expects that the manager, the so-called "Master," will get the Scrum project deli...

PM 101: Dealing with Team and Customer

PM 101: Dealing with Team and Customer

Agile processes are gaining in popularity, which means many project managers are following them for the first time. Based on my own experience, I've developed a sort of primer for PMs starting out on Agile projects. The key points are as follows: ...

Empowerment: The Missing Ingredient for Scrum Teams

Empowerment: The Missing Ingredient for Scrum Teams

We all understand that Scrum teams should be self-managed and self-organized. Empowered is the commonly used term, because without empowerment it's difficult for self-management and self-organization to happen. I've worked with many teams that ar...

Bring the Customer Along

Bring the Customer Along

Recently I wrote an article with a rhetorical question for a title: “Are Customers Ready for Agile?” The idea stemmed from the fact that software development organizations have followed Waterfall methodology for so long that they h've ...

Maximizing the Value of Your Stand-up

Maximizing the Value of Your Stand-up

Over the last several years, I've been both a participant and a facilitator in many different stand-ups. As we know, the true value of the stand-up lies in the team's ability to continually strive toward the "commitment" for the current sprint cycle. The stand-up isn't a status report, yet often it becomes easy for team members to slip into a pattern of providing status-related information. I've used the time-honored stand-up approach for a while now, but I've often thought that a mature team could take these 15 minutes to a different level as it continues to evolve using Agile/Scrum.

How Scrum Is Changing the Global Delivery Model for Software Development

How Scrum Is Changing the Global Delivery Model for Software Development

We're all familiar with the Waterfall offshore paradigm of software development, in which clients and vendors engage in an asynchronous, sequential model for software development. The client spends money and time to develop a formal project charte...

An Argument for Comprehensive User Stories

An Argument for Comprehensive User Stories

As Scrum practitioners know, a user story is a high-level requirement of a feature, provided from the perspective of a stakeholder who desires the new capability. These requirements enable the development and testing team to think about a solution...

Yes, We're Doing Scrum

Yes, We're Doing Scrum

In July 2011, the Scrum Alliance website featured an article by Alan E. Cyment entitled "Compasses, Trees and Pains." It posed the question, "Am I doing Scrum or not?" Interestingly, one reader responded, '"Yeah, we're doing Scrum, but we have thr...

Back to Basics: Daily Scrum

Back to Basics: Daily Scrum

More than a decade ago I was programming as part of enterprise software teams, fairly well protected from everything not related to our planned deliverables. I had a lot of fun. But then I moved up to become an architect and team manager, and I g...

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