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Risks and Issues: How They Apply and Are Worked in Scrum Sprints

Risks and Issues: How They Apply and Are Worked in Scrum Sprints

Scrum teams try, where possible, to identify and plan for risks before the start of a sprint. Unfortunately, issues are the more frequent event a Scrum team has to deal with. . . .

Piloting Agile at Macmillan Science and Education

Piloting Agile at Macmillan Science and Education

At Macmillan Technical Services, we . . . decided to pilot Scrum with a single development team, and I'd like to share our experience for others who may be looking to start their own pilot Scrum project.

The Power of the Backlog

The Power of the Backlog

Though the primary purpose of the backlogs is to document the requirements and work items, practically speaking, much more could be achieved by creatively structuring them and prioritizing the items. . . .

Autonomy

Autonomy

Do you believe financial rewards are key when it comes to incentives in the workplace? While monetary reward may tell part of the tale, it isn't the whole story. . . .

Tips to Mess up the Daily Stand-up in a Royal Way

Tips to Mess up the Daily Stand-up in a Royal Way

I learned a lot from one project about how to mess up feasible Agile practices and still shout out loud, "Yippee, we are Agile!" Here are a few tips that could (but I genuinely pray will not) help. . . .

Mapping the Product Manager Role to the Product Owner Role

Mapping the Product Manager Role to the Product Owner Role

The increasing attention to migrate toward Agile and use the Scrum framework for product development needs to be carefully weighed against the specific roles Scrum calls for. . . .

Actively Gain Improvements Learning Everyday with AGILE

Actively Gain Improvements Learning Everyday with AGILE

The fundamentals of Agile have been described many times, and plenty of writers and bloggers are better at explaining them than I am. . . .

Timeboxing: A Motivational Factor for Scrum Teams

Timeboxing: A Motivational Factor for Scrum Teams

Applying Agile is not only a process implementation. It's more understanding human behavior and changing mind-sets per Agile principles and values. . . .

Working with Discovered Value

Working with Discovered Value

This article covers how we approached handling and accounting for requirements that have changed within the release plan. This is referred to as "discovered value" . . .

Success Story: Army CECOM SEC and DHA Partner to Improve Medical Readiness Through Software Process Innovation

Success Story: Army CECOM SEC and DHA Partner to Improve Medical Readiness Through Software Process Innovation

To ensure our soldiers stay Army Strong on the battlefield, they must receive the very best medical care and support. The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command Software Engineering Command (CECOM SEC) and the Defense Health Services System Program Executive Office (DHSS PEO) have partnered to improve the software that supports Army medicine. . . .

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