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Tracking Individual Performances in Scrum

Tracking Individual Performances in Scrum

A question I've heard often is: Is it correct, in Scrum methodology, to track an individual's performance? This question has only one answer: No. Tracking and measuring the productivity of a single member of an Agile team is against the spirit of Scrum. The real question should be...

User Story Acceptance Criteria: The Art of Satisficing and Bounded Rationality

User Story Acceptance Criteria: The Art of Satisficing and Bounded Rationality

Every day, product owners face the challenge of coming up with the correct acceptance criteria to help the team understand the story. During the acceptance testing, you almost never fail to hear from the team that the acceptance criteria were eith...

A Sprint is Not a Mini Waterfall

A Sprint is Not a Mini Waterfall

When someone tells me, "A Sprint is mini Waterfall," I quickly respond, "No!" And I do this often, because time and again I hear this opinion from people who are new to Agile. I even hear it from...

Agile: NatureΓÇÖs Way of Managing, Sustaining, and Empowering an Organization

Agile: NatureΓÇÖs Way of Managing, Sustaining, and Empowering an Organization

How to lead a comfortable, productive, and prosperous life: It’s a centuries-long tradition that humans have learned from nature which took billion of years to form. So, does nature offer any management thoughts on how to build a large scale...

Estimation Techniques For Teams Adopting Scrum

Estimation Techniques For Teams Adopting Scrum

Agile teams estimate story size during Release Planning and estimate efforts for tasks during Sprint Planning. This is perhaps true for most Agile teams while some of them have different approaches based on the training and/or coaching they ha...

Implementing Scrum: How Does the Project Manager Fit In?

Implementing Scrum: How Does the Project Manager Fit In?

There is no such role as project manager in Scrum. But there are project managers in the organization. So what is the project manager supposed to do when the team is transitioning to Scrum? The easy part is that this question has already been ...

The Accidental Scrum

The Accidental Scrum

We executed our project in a Scrum manner without even knowing our method was Scrum. What initially looked like an impossible project was delivered in six months, with exceptional customer satisfaction and confidence all around. Background A...

From Hybrid to Scrum

From Hybrid to Scrum

Identifying the problem It's difficult to change learned behavior, and even harder to change group habits. This is one reason I've had so many difficulties establishing Scrum in different companies in Germany. Most of my clients understand th...

Approaching Agile Testing

Approaching Agile Testing

As we know, "Agile testing" is not a completely different testing procedure but a software testing practice, following the principles of the Agile life cycle. How? Its most salient aspect is that it emphasizes testing and close work with the e...

Training Scrum? Try it From the Back of the Room

Training Scrum? Try it From the Back of the Room

On my journey to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), I’ve met a number of helpful and knowledgeable people. For those of you who may not know, part of the plan to become a CST consists of training with other current CSTs.  One n...

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