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Activities the QA Team Can Contribute During the Transition to a Multi-Skill-Set Scrum Team

Activities the QA Team Can Contribute During the Transition to a Multi-Skill-Set Scrum Team

The industry is slowly moving from teams comprised of islands of specific skill sets to multi-skill-set teams, as we graduate from traditional Waterfall to neo concepts of Agile and Scrum. The challenge we see every day from a QA standpoint is how we justify the need for QA right from the inception of a project . . .

Lean Agile Process

Lean Agile Process

The core idea of lean is to eliminate/reduce non-value-added activities (termed "wastes") and thus increase customer value. The Agile process itself is a lean method for the software development life cycle, and I am sharing a couple of Agile best practices adopted by many teams to make the Agile process extra lean.

The Daily Scrum: Common Pitfalls and Negative Patterns

The Daily Scrum: Common Pitfalls and Negative Patterns

Enough is written on good stand-ups (stick to the three questions, focus on accomplishments, the team owns the meeting, etc.). Here I thought I would discuss some common pitfalls and negative patterns, based on my experience. . . .

Two Important Coaching Practices to Be a Successful ScrumMaster

Two Important Coaching Practices to Be a Successful ScrumMaster

Have you ever wondered what important coaching practices are exhibited by a successful ScurmMaster? Google search on this topic and you'll find many thousands of links, and each link gives different ideas and suggestions. Let's try to look at these from a different view/perspective. . . .

Can a Team Fit to a Bell Curve Be Self-Organized?

Can a Team Fit to a Bell Curve Be Self-Organized?

Many of the challenges in Agile and Scrum arise from the idea of the self-organizing team. Of course, many (perhaps most) of the benefits are also the result of self-organizing teams. . . .

A Day in Scrum as Part of the PDCA Cycle

A Day in Scrum as Part of the PDCA Cycle

The Daily Scrum supports the PDCA cycle at a tactical level, but there is a misconception that the Daily Scrum comprises the PDCA cycle. . . .

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

This post describes two practical examples of how, by combining Scrum and Kanban processes, improvements can achieved at two levels: the individual team level and the enterprise level. . . .

How the U.S. Military Prepared Me for Agile

How the U.S. Military Prepared Me for Agile

When I retired from the military at the ripe old age of 38, I had spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and 16 in the United States Army. . . . I knew that the military-instilled discipline and sense of honor and loyalty had made me not only a better man but also a better employee, but I had never really considered how my skills as a First Sergeant could have made me a better software engineer.

Affinity Technique to the Max

Affinity Technique to the Max

Recently I had a chance to test the Affinity technique to classify a considerably large number of items. The problem was to look into our customers' data and analyze it to find new ways to provide better services and eventually generate more revenue. . . .

Do Organizations Fully Leverage Agile Coaches?

Do Organizations Fully Leverage Agile Coaches?

While Agile coaches come on board with significant experience and a broad knowledge base, there are organizations out there that are bad at leveraging Agile coach capabilities. Based on my experience, here are few areas where in-house Agile coaches are grossly misused in various organizations . . .

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