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The Sprint Review: Mastering the Art of Feedback

The Sprint Review: Mastering the Art of Feedback

The sprint review in Scrum is a critical part of the inspect and adapt cycle. Having worked with many teams and organizations, I have noticed an overall reluctance (and in some cases fear) to do them in the way they were intended. First, let&rsqu...

Top Ten Organizational Impediments

Top Ten Organizational Impediments

We asked a group of agile development experts working in and with large companies about their most challenging organizational impediments. We aggregated their responses into a list of the top ten organizational impediments for implementing agile methodologies on a large scale.

9 Tips for Creating a Good Sprint Backlog

9 Tips for Creating a Good Sprint Backlog

The sprint backlog is a simple list of the tasks that must executed by the team in order to deliver an increment of functional software at the end of that sprint. Sprint backlog creation happens in the second part of the sprint planning meeting wi...

Strategist: A New Role for Scrum Organizations?

Strategist: A New Role for Scrum Organizations?

Srinivas calls for an organizational ScrumMaster, a strategist who balances the company's wish list against market realities and organizational capabilities. What do you think? Is this a necessary role? Are companies currently filling this need through other means? We invite you to read this article and share your organization's own experiences.

Collaboration: It's Not Just for Teams

Collaboration: It's Not Just for Teams

A small group of Certified Scrum Coaches were on a conference call recently, our voices travelling among continents through the digital magic of the Internet. One coach lamented the lack of having another coach to talk to on the job. Convincing or...

Unlearn What You Have Learned

Unlearn What You Have Learned

To be truly successful with Scrum, you must fundamentally change the way you work. It's not just teams that must adjust; management and business have to think differently too. Breaking long-held habits is never easy, but it can be done.

Scrum, Virtually

Scrum, Virtually

How a distributed team made Scrum work for them, despite the distance and time that separated teams and team members from each other.

Priority Markets

Priority Markets

Maintaining a prioritised product backlog of desired functionality is a key aspect of agile software development. When working with a single product owner and a small number of backlog items, this task is easily managed. However, scaling prioritisation to multiple stakeholders and large product backlogs presents unique challenges. This paper presents a market-based approach to prioritisation that is fair, open, and scalable.

A Cure for Task Estimation Obsession

A Cure for Task Estimation Obsession

Can you streamline sprint planning by eliminating task estimates? Alan Atlas says, "Yes, you can!" Find out when it's possible and how to get there.

The Product Vision

The Product Vision

The product vision is a critical success factor for Scrum projects. Little has been said about the contents and desirable qualities of a vision in Scrum. This article tries to fill the gap by helping you write a powerful product vision that guides and aligns everyone involved in the project.

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