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Be There or Be Square

Be There or Be Square

Discover why it’s critical for your agile teams to be collocated and how to best position your teams for agile success.

Going Nowhere Fast

Going Nowhere Fast

Customers want it yesterday. Scrum promises it tomorrow. So why aren’t we getting it? What is “it” anyway?

Perfect Planning

Perfect Planning

Well-formed, hyper-productive agile teams exhibit certain common traits and have shared best practices. Find out how these teams approach sprint planning.

No Guru? How about a Trigger List?

No Guru? How about a Trigger List?

For new CSMs and for those who feel they are having to make things up as they go along, reliable information is a valuable and all too rare commodity. Can the Scrum Alliance do something to help?

Plan of Action

Plan of Action

Retrospectives are a time to reflect on what has happened, what your team wants to happen in the future, and what steps you can take to correct course accordingly. Unfortunately, the actions that come out of retrospectives often are either too focused on the present or are so abstract as to be unattainable. Discover one technique for linking actions to goals.

The Daily Meeting Trap

The Daily Meeting Trap

Scrum daily meetings may seem simple on the surface, but believing they are easy is common trap. It's not at all difficult for things to go wrong quickly. Learn how to avoid several common mistakes so that your daily meetings can continue to be an accurate thermometer of your team's progress.

Managing an Agile Project Portfolio

Managing an Agile Project Portfolio

The problem with traditional project portfolios is that struggling projects go on too long. Agile projects open new doors for project managers: doors that can lead to success.

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap

One goal of self-empowered teams is to have the team find, own, and fix their problelms by themselves. Applying gap analysis to team practices enables teams to visualize areas of concern and come up with their own action plan to address the shortcomings. 

ScrumΓÇÖs Neat, But I Have a Schedule to Meet

ScrumΓÇÖs Neat, But I Have a Schedule to Meet

There's a gap between knowing the right thing and doing the right thing. Bridging that gap is the task of every new ScrumMaster.

The Blue Peter Problem

The Blue Peter Problem

Tools that are simple have a tendency to come across as childish and simplistic. Here are some ways to combat that perception (at least until the tools are better understood).

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