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Agile People Management: 3 Reflective Questions

Agile People Management: 3 Reflective Questions

I have summed up my self-management experience, my understanding and practice of Agile values and principles, and the Unity of Knowing and Doing philosophy into three reflective or retrospective questions. . . .

Too Many Individuals and Interactions

Too Many Individuals and Interactions

Six members of a development team I was working with were discussing pair programming and debating whether it was right for them. My advice to the team was in line with my general philosophy about new ideas: One learns more by doing then by talking. So I suggested that we try it for a few sprints, and then review our experience. . . .

The Burn-Down Chart: An Effective Planning and Tracking Tool

The Burn-Down Chart: An Effective Planning and Tracking Tool

Burn-downs charts are among the most common sprint tracking mechanisms used by Agile practitioners. Though their application and usage varies, plotting burn-down using effort remaining is the most effective and efficient way of using burn-down charts. This article looks at . . .

Has Anyone Seen My Product Owner?

Has Anyone Seen My Product Owner?

As the key stakeholder within the Scrum framework, the product owner is an essential player in ensuring that a relevant and quality solution is delivered. Typically, the product owner role is performed by the product manager, who has the vision and understanding of the end-user requirements to be able to effectively direct the team. If you find yourself working on a project with an "absent" product owner, or with a weak or ineffective product owner, then it is time to speak up.

Should We Standardize Scrum?

Should We Standardize Scrum?

In the last few years, Agile, and especially Scrum, has moved from the periphery of software development to the mainstream. Many organizations have already started to adopt Agile for all of their projects. Many of those who haven’t have plans to do so in the future. In this scenario, it is obvious to look at the challenges of scaling . . .

Scrum: El camino del menor gasto de energía

Scrum: El camino del menor gasto de energía

Recuerdo como le he dicho a mis estudiantes de pregrado y posgrado mi reencarnación anterior, sí cuando fui/soy ingeniero civil, y que luego poco a poco desde los programas para cálculo estructural y matrices inversas, la realización de supermacros en visual basic para excel y la construcción de software para sistemas de información geográfica hizo que llegara al mundo que estaba destinado, el de los sistemas y más precisamente el del software. . . .

Why Not Push the Retrospective to the Next Sprint?

Why Not Push the Retrospective to the Next Sprint?

This has been a discussion in a LinkedIn CSPO group that I would like to share with other people. Simple article, but strong message. The question was, "Why not push the retrospective to the following sprint?"

Beyond Scrum: Lean Enterprise - "Agile R&D Stream"

Beyond Scrum: Lean Enterprise - "Agile R&D Stream"

Smaller and mid-size companies usually don't have their own R&D department. On the other hand, companies that are delivery driven often have "spare time," e.g., time in between projects that needs to be filled with valuable tasks. . . .

7 Ways to Ensure Automation Success

7 Ways to Ensure Automation Success

We're all aware of the importance of test automation in Agile development. I've seen test automation done correctly, and I've seen it done poorly. Leveraging my experience, I present to you my top seven recommendations for ensuring that your automation effort is successful. . . .

Value-Based Agile Adoption

Value-Based Agile Adoption

Adapting based on learning is key to the Agile evolution. Do, Learn, Adapt should be like a spiral ladder that helps you, your team, and your organization innovate and improve with every step you take. The paper illustrates how Agile principles helped overcome issues in an application maintenance environment. . . .

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