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Scrum Alliance Announces New Managing Director

Scrum Alliance Announces New Managing Director

The Scrum Alliance has selected Carol McEwan as its new Managing Director. Beginning April 1, 2011, McEwan will lead the non-profit organization, working with the staff and Board of Directors to realize the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.

Scrum Alliance Announces New Membership Policy

Scrum Alliance Announces New Membership Policy

We welcome everyone to join the Scrum Alliance community. Our Basic Membership level offers individuals access to sections of our website that aren't available to the general public, including an expanded profile, case-studies, and the ability to comment on and participate in article discussions. Basic members also enjoy discounts at certain Scrum Alliance-sponsored events and receive a monthly newsletter packed with the latest industry information.

AgiLeaks: What Would WikiLeaks Say About Government IT Projects?

AgiLeaks: What Would WikiLeaks Say About Government IT Projects?

I was doing research the other day and came across an interesting article on FederalTimes.com about an FBI information technology (IT) project that was estimated to cost approximately $451 million. When the article was written, in October 2010, th...

Scrum, Technical Practice, and the CSD

Scrum, Technical Practice, and the CSD

Before we joined the dark side and became Certified Scrum Trainers ;-), we spent much of the previous five years working with Scrum teams that found they weren't able to meet their commitments.  The story was usually the same: the end of the sprint came and the development team hadn't finished all the work they had promised.  They had tried...

Agile User Interface Design and Information Architecture From the Trenches

Agile User Interface Design and Information Architecture From the Trenches

I was a Technology Director in a large web design company 6 years ago, and they failed to adopt Scrum. There were numerous management dysfunctions; however the Creative managers were the most resistant. Primarily, it was a case of not wanting real...

Coaching Beyond the Team

Coaching Beyond the Team

As an external coach, I am often brought in to teach a new team the Scrum framework and to personally coach the ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Scrum Development Team Members in their new roles. However, the coaching does not stop with the Scrum Te...

Embracing Change

Embracing Change

When people hear that I’ve lived in China for 20 years they are often surprised. How does an American who grew up in a small town in Arizona where there wasn’t even a Chinese restaurant, at least not one while I was living there, end u...

How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

When I come into organizations as an Agile Coach, one of the common areas of frustration with Scrum is the Sprint Planning Meeting.  “These meetings take forever!” my clients complain.  An easy way to make Sprint Planning mee...

How to keep The Galaxy at Peace

How to keep The Galaxy at Peace

I am helping a client with their agile transition. This large company has been through a series of reorganizations.  They have been experimenting with different processes like Scrum, Kanban and XP for a couple of years, and at the moment I go...

Why Agile Does Matter in an Embedded Development Environment

Why Agile Does Matter in an Embedded Development Environment

The software industry has achieved great results by introducing agile methods like Scrum. Agile methods create outcomes that benefit customers as well as management and employees of the business. The results have been proven in the form of increas...

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