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How Definition of Done Can Influence Your Net Promoter Score

How Definition of Done Can Influence Your Net Promoter Score

I was on a plane operated by a major U.S. airline, flying from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, supposedly taking off at 8:25 a.m. Everybody was seated and I thought that we are ready to go. . . .

Can Companies Be Servant Leaders?

Can Companies Be Servant Leaders?

When we refer to servant leadership in Scrum, it is at the team level. A ScrumMaster is the servant leader for the Scrum team. This is all great for the Scrum team, but what about everyone else -- the ScrumMaster included? Who is that person's servant leader? Can companies step in and help fill this role?

Five Stages of Agile Realization

Five Stages of Agile Realization

Can you remember when you first found out about Agile? How did you feel? What emotions did you go through?

My New Most Favorite Agile Tool: The Agile Map

My New Most Favorite Agile Tool: The Agile Map

I was recently asked to coach a team to help a giant company "deploy Agile." Like all great projects, this one seemed to be starting late, with a shrinking budget. So I needed a way to quickly figure what to do and add early value. And needless to say, I needed this approach to look like I knew what I was doing.

An Agile Process for User Acceptance Testing

An Agile Process for User Acceptance Testing

As a ScrumMaster, I observed that while the QA team in my prior company was working hard and focused on testing and automation, we were observing significant customer-reported issues. Even though product managers and other subject-matter experts (SME's) were also testing the product, their efforts were largely uncoordinated.

An Agile Adoption Model

An Agile Adoption Model

Today many organizations aspire to take on Agile processes to take advantage of the copious benefits that they offer. Agile adoption comes with its problems, however, as well as undiscovered risks and threats to projects both large and small.

Detailing Backlog Appropriately

Detailing Backlog Appropriately

On one of the projects I am currently managing, I noticed that the product backlog was actually growing rather than shrinking as we progressed through sprints. At one point, there were close to 150 stories in the backlog, all detailed and ready for planning. . . . There was something definitely going wrong.

I Had to Die to Save My Company

I Had to Die to Save My Company

Sometimes your worst enemy is yourself -- and you don't even know it.

Ownership and Self-Organizing Teams

Ownership and Self-Organizing Teams

The general belief is that a self-organizing team has enhanced ability to produce high-quality working software efficiently. But how often are we able to create such environment, where the teams are motivated and take full accountability for the work they do? How often do we see high-performing teams?

The "RICCH-Knowledge" of a ScrumMaster

The "RICCH-Knowledge" of a ScrumMaster

The role of ScrumMaster is not a role for the fainthearted. . . . He is a servant-leader to the team whose authority over the Scrum process can quickly be misunderstood, misinterpreted, or even misrepresented. It is unlikely for the ScrumMaster not to cross the borderline, if he doesn't have a good knowledge of attributes embedded in his role as a servant-leader in the team.

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