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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).

Product Development Reading List

Product Development Reading List

Check out this reading list, designed to help those “in the trenches” with product development and the social aspects of building great product development teams.

Spring 2007 Scrum Gathering

Spring 2007 Scrum Gathering

Ever wonder what goes on at a Scrum Gathering? This article reviews the 2007 Spring Gathering that took place in Portland, Oregon.

Certified Scrum Coach Program Formation

Certified Scrum Coach Program Formation

Members of the Scrum Alliance community, you have thirty days to weigh in on the new Certified Scrum Coach program. Does the proposed certification meet you needs and those of your company? Read this article and the referenced attachment and let us know.

Empowering Teams: The ScrumMaster's Role

Empowering Teams: The ScrumMaster's Role

For Scrum to work, teams must be truly empowered. Unfortunately, far too many teams are operating at much less than capacity and are failing. Find out how to cure a team that is suffering from a power shortage.

Performance without Appraisal

Performance without Appraisal

In part one of a two-part follow-up to the highly debated, "Should a ScrumMaster Give Performance Appraisals," Esther Derby makes the case for eliminating performance reviews altogether.

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