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The Agile Theory of General Relativity

The Agile Theory of General Relativity

Agile has a Manifesto. It's about time we had a universal truth.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

It is in our nature as IT professionals to be bound by facts and formulas. Little wonder, then, that we often find ourselves judging the success of a project based on a wide array of metrics and reports. Particularly as project managers, we find ourselves immersed in the data as opposed to watching what is truly occurring. Is it possible that the more importance we place upon reporting, the more we distance ourselves from the true benefits of adopting the Scrum method?

The ScrumMaster's Performance and Development

The ScrumMaster's Performance and Development

Agile is about product development, and it's also about people development. Only if both people development and product development are conducted in an Agile way can Agile be truly successful. . . .

Can Agile Principles Help Run Successful Programs in Organizations?

Can Agile Principles Help Run Successful Programs in Organizations?

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 . . .

ScrumMaster and Product Owner Sprint "Commitments"

ScrumMaster and Product Owner Sprint "Commitments"

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. . . .

Managing Technical Debt

Managing Technical Debt

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. . . .

Agile, Self-Organization, and Personal Responsibility

Agile, Self-Organization, and Personal Responsibility

"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?

A Key Attribute to Scrum Project Planning: Determining Scrum Team Velocity

A Key Attribute to Scrum Project Planning: Determining Scrum Team Velocity

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. . . .

Soft Skills for ScrumMasters

Soft Skills for ScrumMasters

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.

Take a Seat, Please

Take a Seat, Please

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?

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