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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.

Yin Yang & Project Management

Yin Yang & Project Management

How understanding the balance inherent in agile’s guiding principles can help project managers make the transition from traditional project management methodologies to agile.

Ready, Fire, Aim: A Rebuttal

Ready, Fire, Aim: A Rebuttal

Ready, Fire, Aim is a play on Ready, Aim, Fire. Its intent is to demonstrate how nonsensical agile methodologies, and their perceived lack of planning, must be.This article provides some ammuntion to effectively counter that criticism.

Scrum Games

Scrum Games

This article is the first in a multi-part series on Scrum games that, as a Scrum coach, the author has found useful in introducing Scrum principles and practices to traditional teams.

CSC Program: One Year Later

CSC Program: One Year Later

The Certified Scrum Coach program team recently sought feedback from current Certified Scrum Practitioners regarding the perceived benefits of the CSC program and how it can be improved as it enters its second year. Find out what the results of the survey were and what that might mean for the future of the CSC program. 

Team Dysfunctions and Scrum

Team Dysfunctions and Scrum

Scrum doesn't cause team dysfunctions, but it certainly exposes the ones you already have. This article explores common problems through example and analysis. Then, it suggests ways to overcome these obstacles so that your Scrum team functions at optimal levels.

Scrum Role Playing

Scrum Role Playing

It is often said that to truly understand someone else, one must “walk a mile in that person’s shoes.” Similarly, taking on more than one role on a Scrum team, on a temporary basis at least, can have unexpected advantages that may offset the disadvantages.

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