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About Being a Coach

About Being a Coach

Here are some thoughts, based on my experience, about being a coach. it's not about technology, processes, and frameworks. It's not about teaching people how to do stuff, although it helps if you can show them a new way or help them find a solution. But that is not at all the most important thing about coaching people. . . .

The Rationale for Testers to Welcome Scrum

The Rationale for Testers to Welcome Scrum

In my experience, many organizations don't facilitate testers in making the transition to Scrum and often are not sure how to do so, and therefore many testers are left in the lurch. . . .

The Code Is the Documentation

The Code Is the Documentation

If you talk to other Scrum practitioners, you'll quickly find that everyone has a different opinion about the "right" amount of development documentation. . . .

Functional Managers and Executives Are Failing Agile Teams

Functional Managers and Executives Are Failing Agile Teams

With an ever-expanding global economy, a great deal of pressure has been placed on managers and executives to embrace Agile. Yet, with the best of intentions in mind, managers and executives often fail the very Agile teams they have created. Unfortunately, the people who fill these roles often don't realize they are failing until the talent base walks out the door. . . .  

Resource Cost Versus User Story Cost -- Can We Match Them?

Resource Cost Versus User Story Cost -- Can We Match Them?

Each quarter we need to go through a funding gate review, and management always wants to know why user story cost cannot match with resource cost. I believe there are a number of reasons, and here I provide them along with suggestions for management. , , ,

Coaching Scrum Teams Through Conflict Navigation and Effective Communication Strategies

Coaching Scrum Teams Through Conflict Navigation and Effective Communication Strategies

In my previous experience as a technical coordinator, before embracing Scrum, I didn't have to go into the face of conflict very often, because team members in conflict had to deal with their issues by escalating them to their managers. I've realized that what ScrumMasters need is a "conflict management workout": a number of simple practices to keep in mind when trying to navigate conflict effectively. . . .

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.

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