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Who Cooked My Goose?

Who Cooked My Goose?

In projects that implement Scrum, the role of the ScrumMaster is very crucial. The ScrumMaster facilitates the team to achieve the end goal of the customer focuses on ensuring that any impediments and road blocks faced by the team are removed, and he ensures that the core focus of the team is on developing the product/service for the customer under optimal conditions. Thus, he is in effect practicing “servant leadership” where the focus is on...

Scrum Alliance Welcomes New Board Member Steve Forte

Scrum Alliance Welcomes New Board Member Steve Forte

The Scrum Alliance Board of Directors election has closed and the results are in! It was a tight race, but Steve Forte nosed ahead to win the seat...

Sagas: Bringing Life to the Strategic Vision

Sagas: Bringing Life to the Strategic Vision

User Stories provide a powerful and succinct way of managing the individual requirements that a project is expected to deliver. The theory is that by taking an approach that centres on how a person might use a system in a particular way it wil...

Sustainable Pace: Trusting Your Teams

Sustainable Pace: Trusting Your Teams

Endless business requirements, desired features, market pressures… There is always more work that needs done. Sometimes, it may feel like endless sprints where you thought you saw the finish line, but every time you round the track they...

Five Tips for Impediment Resolution with Scrum

Five Tips for Impediment Resolution with Scrum

Impediments can slow down or even halt the progress of an otherwise well-functioning Scrum team. Let's take a look at the most common challenges that crop up on teams and what steps you can take to resolve them. Problems: If the impediment bac...

Applying to Become a CSC

Applying to Become a CSC

As many of you already know, I am the program lead for the Certified Scrum Coaching (CSC) Program with the Scrum Alliance. As the program lead, it is my responsibility to facilitate the review process, review teams, and review application. While a relatively new program founded in 2007, our numbers are growing each year with now almost 50 Certified Coaches. However, we believe our potential and need in the industry is 10x that number. This article provides some understanding of the CSC Program and guidance for those who wish to apply.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Agile Software Development

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Agile Software Development

“Originally, the methodology did not include documentation, but many organizations have figured out how to use it...” From Alyssa Fox & Meredith Kramer—Mobile and Agile:The Floating Writer's Survival Kit

5 Common Mistakes We Make Writing User Stories

5 Common Mistakes We Make Writing User Stories

Most of the issues with gathering requirements in agile software development and agile testing derive from issues with User Stories. Somehow expressing requirements in such a simple form causes a lot of trouble to agile teams. Of course art of writing good User Stories is the most difficult for new teams starting with a new agile project or these, which freshly transformed development methods to agile software development methodologies. Mistakes made at that point lead to wrong Test Cases, wrong understanding of requirements, and the worst of all wrong implementation which can be direct cause of rejecting the deliverables of the iteration. Lets take a look at the five most common mistakes people make writing User Stories.

It's Ordered -- Not Prioritized!

It's Ordered -- Not Prioritized!

In the past, the Scrum Guide consistently used the word "priority" for the Product Backlog or noted that the Product Backlog was “prioritized.” While the Product Backlog must be ordered, prioritization is only one technique — and rarely a good one at that. The new Scrum Guide instead uses the term ordered for the Product Backlog. This reflects long-held understanding by many leaders in the Scrum community. Let’s clarify the reason for the change.——

Transitioning From Time-Based to Relative Estimation

Transitioning From Time-Based to Relative Estimation

Congratulations! You’ve finally convinced the team that relative story point estimation is a great way to move forward and you’re now ready to jump into your first planning poker session.  So where do you start? What’s a 1-point story? What’s a 3-point story? What’s a 13-point story? Your team is looking to you and this process is almost as new to you as it is to them.

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