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7/22/2013 by Rahul Sawhney
During the last few years, my view of how programs work has evolved. It has moved from viewing program management as traditional "old-school" handling of multiple projects and product portfolios (dry and boring) to . . .
7/19/2013 by John Hill
For those teams that do make sprint commitments, I think it is mandatory that both the ScrumMaster and the product owner participate in that commitment. . . .
7/18/2013 by Srinath Ramakrishnan
During the course of a project, the development team cuts corners due to a variety of reasons, such as lack of skill, pressure of meeting deadlines, or sheer laziness. Over time, these result in the accumulation of a large backlog of technical inefficiencies that need to be serviced in the future. . . .
7/17/2013 by Maria Matarelli
"How do I behave when I'm in a situation of shared responsibility but I'm not in charge of the person I'm working with and they're not in charge of me?" Christopher Avery opened his keynote presentation at the Agile Indy 2013 conference with this inquiry. This scenario arises quite frequently in an Agile environment, as we encourage self-organization among teams. We ask people to work differently, to self-organize and share responsibility, but what guidance do we give them on how to do this?
7/16/2013 by Raj Kumar
Throughout my journey within Scrum and Agile practices, I have faced a key scenario again and again: Every project's business side needs to know from the development team how much time the given product backlog will take to deliver, and the development teams always struggle to provide accurate estimates. . . .
7/15/2013 by Thomas Botton,Benoit Pointet
Playing the ScrumMaster role by the book is not enough. Successful ScrumMasters have developed many skills throughout their experience, often soft ones. We present hereunder a handful of such soft skills that we have identified as important during our own experiences as ScrumMasters and Scrum team members.
7/12/2013 by Warren Jones
OK, the decision has been made that you are moving to Agile/Scrum from a more traditional method, most likely Waterfall. Agile has three clearly defined roles: product owner, ScrumMaster, and team. In this new framework, then, who gets to do what?
7/11/2013 by Chia Yuen Kwan
We initiated a project with a team of five developers working on a part-time basis. This team faced a big challenge: Some of them were occasionally not able to work on certain days due to other commitments. It was not possible to ask them to put their regular jobs aside, so. . . .
7/10/2013 by Mário Melo
In the first article of this series, Micro PDCA: Improve Your Improvement, I introduced the Micro PDCA concept and talked about how we use it in our sprint plannings at my company. In this article, I'll show a way to. . . .