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Organizing a Scrum Conference When You're the Only Black Belt in Town

Organizing a Scrum Conference When You're the Only Black Belt in Town

For disclosure, I'll start by saying that even though I've practiced several martial arts, I've never achieved a black belt in any. However, I've trained in different Japanese martial arts with black belts who moved to my hometown for various reasons. They all wanted to continue practicing and teaching their martial arts; some of them found dojos to join while others needed to start from zero, attracting students and finding resources and a place to train.

"I Have No Impediments"

"I Have No Impediments"

"I have no impediments." It's the most common sign-off for every team member in the daily Scrum. It's also a lie. We've all been there. Standing in a little circle of people, listening to the carousel of "This is what I did yesterday, this is wh...

Running the Scrum-of-Scrums: Agile Program Management

Running the Scrum-of-Scrums: Agile Program Management

Scrum scales so that large, multidimensional projects that cross departments, teams, and traditional boundary lines can be managed using the same protocols and logic of a fundamental, small-team project. The key to this scalable element is the Scr...

Agile Performance Appraisals

Agile Performance Appraisals

We all do the crazy exercise of rating team members every year. And, looking back at a software development industry that's almost 50 years old, we know certain things for sure: Software is built by teams, not individuals. Moreoever, each individu...

Look Before You Leap

Look Before You Leap

Team members inexperienced in Agile often resist adopting this framework for a project. Maybe they've heard about some Agile practices, vaguely, and they've jumped to conclusions of their own. And the more strongly we insist on the practice, the more resistance we come up against.This generally happens when we try to introduce this (or any) practice without providing time for the team to understand the principles behind it. A project manager who is interested in Agile wants his next project to adopt Agile, just like that. The common approach is to...

Agile Can Be Dangerous

Agile Can Be Dangerous

CAESAR:   Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me, And we, like friends, will straightway go together. BRUTUS [aside] That every like is not the same, O Caesar, The heart of Brutus earns [grieves] to think upon!   I wonde...

Are Customers Ready for Agile?

Are Customers Ready for Agile?

Waterfall methodology has been around for so long that the software organizations that practice it — and their customers — are completely in tune with the process. Recently our resident Agile guru pointed this out when commenting that, with Agile, customers or product owners can't give engineering a memory dump. In other words, they can't give engineering a dump of requirements at the start, because Agile mandates constant collaboration, in which requirements are aligned with the team and the business as well.

An Agile Team "Reset"

An Agile Team "Reset"

By its very nature, Scrum is a constant journey of inspection and adaptation. But there comes a time when it's a good idea for an Agile team (mature or not) to take a step back to review and relearn the foundation principles and practices of Scrum. In other words, have a team "reset."

Can Support and Maintenance Become Agile?

Can Support and Maintenance Become Agile?

Agile methodology has gone from being a manifesto to an industry standard. Most of the product majors are adopting it, which promises to resolve multiple grievances that Waterfall is supposed to have created. The short, time-bound sprints with pre...

A Journey: From Project Manager to ScrumMaster

A Journey: From Project Manager to ScrumMaster

In the beginning I was a coder. Then, suddenly one day, I found myself a Project Manager. Our PM had left unexpectedly and the call went out for a temporary replacement. I was the last one to bolt for the door, and so there I was: temporary Projec...

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