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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...

Are You My Customer or My Partner?

Are You My Customer or My Partner?

"IT as a Business" (ITAAB) has been a common marketing slogan and business model promoted by thought leaders from firms such as Gartner, Forrester, and Forbes in the past ten years.1 At its core is a philosophy of managing IT as a self-sustaining ...

Spikes and the Effort-to-Grief Ratio

Spikes and the Effort-to-Grief Ratio

Your team has been working together for several sprints. Things are going fairly well. You're delivering stories each sprint and the product owner is content. But there's always technical debt accumulating, or a problem lurking in software. How do...

Transitioning to Agile

Transitioning to Agile

Introduction I recently completed a long assignment implementing Scrum and decided that, in the spirit of continuous development and learning, it would be useful to run a personal retrospective while between jobs. This paper articulates some of ...

Reviews and Agile

Reviews and Agile

In software development, we see different types of reviews in different organizations. For example, there can be architecture review, design review, and code review, and they can occur in different phases of development. The aims of these reviews ...

Value of Behavior-Driven Development for Backlog Refinement in Scrum

Value of Behavior-Driven Development for Backlog Refinement in Scrum

As all good Scrum coaches know, backlog refinement is an important part of the team's sprint cycle, and as important a component of Scrum as any of the Scrum ceremonies. It allows the team to share its thoughts, forces the team to broach fundament...

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