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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.

Missing Pigs

Missing Pigs

Our series on Scrum smells continues with a discussion of what to do when developers fail to attend daily Scrums.

Successful Sprint Reviews

Successful Sprint Reviews

What's the secret ingredient missing from most sprint reviews? The user stories and use cases you probably discarded may be the greatest story never told.

Post-It Revisited

Post-It Revisited

A while ago I wrote about my experiences with Scrum and a little helper I like to call “Posty the Post-It note.” Ok, so I don’t actually call it that, but I do use the Post-It extensively when I’m scrumming.

Advice on Conducting the Scrum of Scrums Meeting

Advice on Conducting the Scrum of Scrums Meeting

When scaling Scrum to large projects, the scrum of scrums meeting can be a vital tool for keeping your teams in sync and out of each other's way. Mike Cohn gives some pointers on how to run and coordinate these important Scrum meetings.

The Right Skill Set, the Right Mind Set, The Right ScrumMaster

The Right Skill Set, the Right Mind Set, The Right ScrumMaster

A ScrumMaster can make or break a release. Yet how do you choose a ScrumMaster who has not only the skills but also the attributes to succeed in the role? Find out how one team defines these criteria to help them evaluate potential ScrumMasters.

Being an Effective Product Owner

Being an Effective Product Owner

Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to be an effective product owner on a Scrum project? This article explains the key responsibilities of the product owner and provides insights into how to perform the role well.

The Metaphors of Scrum

The Metaphors of Scrum

One of the success factors of Scrum as an agile product development framework has been its powerful language. However, as with all models we create to help us understand, we need guides on how to use the tools. We will be pointing out the boundaries where the Scrum language can become confusing—and, in so doing, hopefully make adoption and application easier.

Language for Discussing Releases

Language for Discussing Releases

"I'm taking off a letter grade because this wasn't turned in on the due date." "Don't be late!" Growing up, we quickly understand that being late is a bad thing. So when a project runs behind, we do whatever it takes to turn it around, even if those behaviors do more harm than good. Agile projects need a to discuss releases in a way that removes the guilt and focuses on appropriate action.

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