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3 Useful Tips in the Pursuit of a Leaderless Stand-up

3 Useful Tips in the Pursuit of a Leaderless Stand-up

A good daily stand-up is a rare sight. How do we, as ScrumMasters or facilitators, achieve a good stand-up without micromanaging? There are a few things that are easy to implement and give you a lot of bang for the buck. . . .

Why Shouldn't I Show Half-Complete Stories in the Sprint Review?

Why Shouldn't I Show Half-Complete Stories in the Sprint Review?

The Definition of Done (DoD) is what we use to determine whether a story will be included in a sprint review, so what about a story that is partially complete and that the team wants to showcase? Let me tell you the story of something that happened recently on the project I am coaching. . . .

The Enlightened Scrum Team

The Enlightened Scrum Team

The idea behind a Scrum team is that is it self-organizing, self-managed, and self-improving. Why does this work so well?

Can We Use Agile in SDLC Projects?

Can We Use Agile in SDLC Projects?

My current project and organizational environment does not allow me to shift to Scrum. So the question is: Under this constraint, can some of the learnings from Scrum be used to reduce/eliminate my current project challenges?

Manage Objectives, Actions, and Uncertainty in Scrum

Manage Objectives, Actions, and Uncertainty in Scrum

This article provides a simplified and commonsense perspective to understanding Scrum. Everything in Scrum can be summarized this way. . . .

The Burden of True Agility

The Burden of True Agility

What do we know from a quarter-century of software projects? Most of them are either challenged or fail. They run over budget, run late, run off the rails. . . .

Interpretation of Scrum

Interpretation of Scrum

What does Scrum mean to you? When I posed this question to folks, I got interesting answers -- and across most of them, the interpretation of Scrum was different. . . .

Face-Off: Marketing, Management, and Delivery

Face-Off: Marketing, Management, and Delivery

For decades there has been a growing conflict between the marketing end of an organization and the delivery side, especially in the software industry. Projections, Promises, and Profits versus Feasibility, Facts, and Fallacies. . . .

Agile and Its Value

Agile and Its Value

A lot of people in the business community joke that Agile is for those who don't know what they are doing. May be they have read and signed off on huge requirements specs (running into hundreds of pages) and are proud about it. . . .

Scaling Scrum: 4 Tips to Help with Organizational Change

Scaling Scrum: 4 Tips to Help with Organizational Change

When a company decides to embark upon the Scrum journey, it may start with renaming a few project managers as ScrumMasters. It may even send them to become certified and then have them come back and teach others. Things muddle along for a while, then at some point the organization begins to stall, and no one understands why. . . .

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