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Iterative vs. Agile

Iterative vs. Agile

Recently, I happened to overhear and eventually involve myself in a conversation between two Project managers. They were discussing why Project managers have to define what "yes" and "no" means to the team – after all, people have understood...

Challenging inertia through Scrum

Challenging inertia through Scrum

Inertia is defined as a state of being lazy, sluggish or indifferent. Challenging inertia is about challenging status quo in an organization. It is about how things should be done differently compared to how they are done now. Organizations someti...

Those devilish actuals

Those devilish actuals

About a year ago, I had been struggling with an important "don’t" of Agile Scrum, actual hours. In the first phase of Sprint planning we take all of our actual hours based activities and transform them to ideal hours. The focus factor or pro...

Scrum in old fashioned software environments?

Scrum in old fashioned software environments?

The “normal” Scrum project.When I look around in the Scrum community, I wonder whether Scrum is only suitable for modern software development. All these shiny, new ways of making really cute, web- based software, with modern source re...

Why Don't I Floss My Teeth?

Why Don't I Floss My Teeth?

I've been going to the dentist for over thirty years. Whenever I visit the dentist, I'm told to floss twice a day. Flossing fights cavities, bad breath, and disease. Flossing is simple: it takes about two minutes and costs just a few cents. And y...

How Scrum Helped Our Team

How Scrum Helped Our Team

In 2008, I began work with a client on a new project. The client was a airline and travel agency that needed to rewrite, from scratch, their online travel booking application. The new website had the following primary requirements: Improve end ...

Scrum and the Recession

Scrum and the Recession

The world faces one of the worst financial crises in history. Several European countries, the United States, and Japan are already in a state of recession. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently stated that the recession will continue to d...

Tips for First-time ScrumMasters

Tips for First-time ScrumMasters

Most new ScrumMasters have a basic understanding of their new role. Many have been through training and received their Certified ScrumMaster designation. When their teams ask them to step in as ScrumMaster, they are often excited and eager.But aft...

Human Resources and Scrum

Human Resources and Scrum

Historically, the function of the human resources department has been twofold: to police the organization for compliance and to help cultivate a vibrant culture in which employees can flourish by recruiting and retaining the best talent. But as t...

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...

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