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How to Form Teams in Large-Scale Scrum? A Story of Self-Designing Teams

How to Form Teams in Large-Scale Scrum? A Story of Self-Designing Teams

How long does it take an organization to reorganize in order to adopt Scrum? Three hours. Really. Background and goal Bank of America's Merrill Lynch (BAML) Global Securities Operations Technology decided to adopt Scrum — and needed some c...

Introducing the Three Amigos

Introducing the Three Amigos

What was the problem? In order to encourage the incorporation of Agile practices into our software project, we adopted the roles and artifacts of Scrum. Features were assigned to iterative sprints, the product owner maintained a prioritized produ...

How to Uninstall Scrum

How to Uninstall Scrum

There are companies that somehow don't seem to get Scrum to work, and they attempt to get it undone — to uninstall it, so to speak. Sometimes the reason is that they feel they don't get the expected results, or that control is no longer ther...

Agile Methodology Is Not All About Exploratory Testing

Agile Methodology Is Not All About Exploratory Testing

This article is born out of the need to establish that due diligence is required even in the face of the self-organization and independence that Agile principles hinge on. I want to start by quoting one of the pillars of the Agile Methodology dom...

Constellation: A Retrospective Exercise

Constellation: A Retrospective Exercise

While a successful Agile retrospective implies an open discussion in a team, many would agree that it's not always easy to have everyone in a team actively involved in an exchange of opinions. There can be a number of reasons why people feel retic...

Your Product Owner Is Missing in Action — Now What?

Your Product Owner Is Missing in Action — Now What?

We all know that three key groups exist in both the creation and implementation of successful Agile teams. These groups serve basic functions that are important for the team's collective and ultimate success. Many of the functions that each group ...

Real-Time Free Testing: A New Form of Agile Testing

Real-Time Free Testing: A New Form of Agile Testing

When we're working on software projects and following an Agile method, e.g., Scrum, our usual focus is on how we communicate with customers about the actual requirements, and how we manage (or empower) the Agile team so that deliverable software c...

Agile Does Damage

Agile Does Damage

Agile can inflict a lot of irreversible damage to companies and teams and, in most cases, it cannot be repaired. I sometimes encounter companies that have implemented a form of Agile. Sometimes they use Scrum or Kanban, and on other occasions they...

Case Study: Scrum Followed Properly Versus Not

Case Study: Scrum Followed Properly Versus Not

It's not the methodology or the tool that fails to deliver quality software — it's the people involved. I strongly believe this and am here to share a case study of when Scrum was followed properly versus when it was not followed properly. B...

An Approach for Scrum in a Fixed-Price Contracts World

An Approach for Scrum in a Fixed-Price Contracts World

We know a fixed-price contract is maybe not the best alternative when applying Scrum to a software development project. However, some organizations will not change the way they approach contracts for software development projects. What if this org...

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