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Waterfall Inside a Sprint

Waterfall Inside a Sprint

Our team encountered two serious problems and learned from our mistakes with them. We were biased with a Waterfall model -- the only model that we knew how to use to manage and run a software project. . . .

Agile Methods in Mexico

Agile Methods in Mexico

For those who are unfamiliar with the development of the IT industry in Mexico, the north, notably Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León; the center (Distrito Federal and Aguascalientes), and the west of the country (Jalisco) are regions and states in which the software industry has boomed in the last 20 years. . . .

Scrum in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Scrum in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

SOA enables agility as compared to a monolithic software solution or other tightly coupled approaches. . . .

Value-Added Role: Technical ScrumMaster

Value-Added Role: Technical ScrumMaster

The Technical ScrumMaster (TSM) has a role that carries a lot of weight apart from being a negotiator, facilitator, and/or servant-leader. Why do I emphasize the TSM?

Understanding Scrum Through a Simple Metaphor

Understanding Scrum Through a Simple Metaphor

My colleague Madhavi and I were discussing Agile and Scrum in general last week. During the discussion she suggested that it would be nice if there were a simple explanation of the Scrum framework that used a common language that made the concepts easy for anyone to understand. . . .

Coaching Scrum Teams Through Radical Collaboration

Coaching Scrum Teams Through Radical Collaboration

After reading the book Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships, by James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet, I shared what I learned with my ScrumMaster friends. We were enthusiastic enough about the ideas that we started a coaching session with the following statement. . . .

Good Enough Is the Enemy of Great

Good Enough Is the Enemy of Great

Recently in a discussion with one of my customers, I heard an interesting statement, "Good enough is the enemy of great." I began to analyze the statement and understand its hard and true meaning. . . .

Yes, Scrum Does Work in Education!

Yes, Scrum Does Work in Education!

A website from the Netherlands explains the pioneering use of Scrum in schools. Each student knows exactly what they have to do, why they have to do it, and when they have to do it. . . . After learning about it, I wondered whether the classes I teach could benefit from this model. How would adult students take to this new approach?

Scrum Daily el Combustible del Equipo

Scrum Daily el Combustible del Equipo

Seguramente la mayoría de nosotros habrá escuchado la primera ley de Newton: "Un objeto en reposo tiende a permanecer en reposo y un objeto en movimiento tiende a permanecer en movimiento, con la misma velocidad y la misma dirección a menos que actué sobre él una fuerza que lo desequilibre."

Velocity

Velocity

What is velocity? The truth is: Velocity is velocity. And velocity is measured . . . as velocity is.

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