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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.

Am I, or Am I Not, Using Scrum? That is the Question.

Am I, or Am I Not, Using Scrum? That is the Question.

During an open space discussion at the Fall 2006 Scrum Gathering, an intriguing question was raised: If a project uses only some Scrum techniques, is it truly Scrum? Though the topic was debated during the Gathering, the participants, including the author, Pooja Gupta, Stefan Ahrensdorf, and Dennis Luhn, felt more research was needed. This week's column continues that discussion and includes the results of the research.

Glossary of Scrum Terms

Glossary of Scrum Terms

This glossary of Scrum Terms was published in November 2005. As a community, do we need to make any changes or additions to this list?

Prepped for Success

Prepped for Success

Your project has to be done yesterday. You need to kick off your first sprint as soon as possible. But before you take that leap, spend a little bit of time getting ready. This article describes four activities that should be completed before the first sprint is kicked off and four activiites that should take place prior to each sprint planning meeting.

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

One of the hardest things for a new agile team to learn is when a story is complete. Make a list of what constitutes done for your team, and you may find that it will soon become so much a part of your daily routine that you won’t even need to look at it anymore. It will be incorporated into your shared knowledge and vocabulary. At that point, you, too, will have reached Done Nirvana.

Leader of the Band

Leader of the Band

When it comes time to choose a ScrumMaster, who should you choose? A technical guru? A political mastermind? A visionary? In this week’s column, Mike Cohn describes six attributes to look for in a potential ScrumMaster.

Shake It Up!

Shake It Up!

Maybe Baskin Robbins had it right. Just as one flavor of ice cream doesn’t suit every buyer, vanilla Scrum may not be the best recipe for every organization. Find out how combining tasks and blending roles can result in a more evolved, cross-functional team.

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