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Software Development Practices: Unique Scrum Practices for a Better-Quality Product

Software Development Practices: Unique Scrum Practices for a Better-Quality Product

Agile and Scrum have become buzzwords in the industry in the context of "product quality." Senior management has a belief that moving the organization/team to Agile-Scrum will help release a great-quality product. Is that true? No, not at all. . . .

The Tester’s Role in Agile Is More than “Just Testing”

The Tester’s Role in Agile Is More than “Just Testing”

When a tester is hired, what comes mind for many is "just testing." Many project stakeholders in Agile and traditional environments see testers as team members who  only run test script, identify defects, and log them for fixing. . . .

The Product Owner Dilemma

The Product Owner Dilemma

Struggling to find some solid footing as a product owner? The PO role means balancing the push and pull of product management. . . .

Activities the QA Team Can Contribute During the Transition to a Multi-Skill-Set Scrum Team

Activities the QA Team Can Contribute During the Transition to a Multi-Skill-Set Scrum Team

The industry is slowly moving from teams comprised of islands of specific skill sets to multi-skill-set teams, as we graduate from traditional Waterfall to neo concepts of Agile and Scrum. The challenge we see every day from a QA standpoint is how we justify the need for QA right from the inception of a project . . .

Lean Agile Process

Lean Agile Process

The core idea of lean is to eliminate/reduce non-value-added activities (termed "wastes") and thus increase customer value. The Agile process itself is a lean method for the software development life cycle, and I am sharing a couple of Agile best practices adopted by many teams to make the Agile process extra lean.

The Daily Scrum: Common Pitfalls and Negative Patterns

The Daily Scrum: Common Pitfalls and Negative Patterns

Enough is written on good stand-ups (stick to the three questions, focus on accomplishments, the team owns the meeting, etc.). Here I thought I would discuss some common pitfalls and negative patterns, based on my experience. . . .

Two Important Coaching Practices to Be a Successful ScrumMaster

Two Important Coaching Practices to Be a Successful ScrumMaster

Have you ever wondered what important coaching practices are exhibited by a successful ScurmMaster? Google search on this topic and you'll find many thousands of links, and each link gives different ideas and suggestions. Let's try to look at these from a different view/perspective. . . .

Can a Team Fit to a Bell Curve Be Self-Organized?

Can a Team Fit to a Bell Curve Be Self-Organized?

Many of the challenges in Agile and Scrum arise from the idea of the self-organizing team. Of course, many (perhaps most) of the benefits are also the result of self-organizing teams. . . .

A Day in Scrum as Part of the PDCA Cycle

A Day in Scrum as Part of the PDCA Cycle

The Daily Scrum supports the PDCA cycle at a tactical level, but there is a misconception that the Daily Scrum comprises the PDCA cycle. . . .

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

This post describes two practical examples of how, by combining Scrum and Kanban processes, improvements can achieved at two levels: the individual team level and the enterprise level. . . .

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