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Are Scrum Team Members Compatible with Line Organization?

Are Scrum Team Members Compatible with Line Organization?

All companies I know that run Scrum still have a line organization. The idea of a line organization is to link organizational units, with the help of managing relations, to a hierarchical organization system. In other words, all ScrumMasters are part of a ScrumMaster line, developers part of a developer line, etc. . . .

Wet Scrum

Wet Scrum

Many companies tag themselves "Agile" as they execute software development projects. Scrum is the most commonly followed Agile way of working these days. Generally, organizations use a blended version to suit their needs. . . . So, why are companies moving to Agile?

Pareto Your Backlog

Pareto Your Backlog

The Pareto Principle is named after its originator, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. The idea is pretty simple: 80 percent of outcomes flow from 20 percent of causes. . . .

Introspect the Retrospectives

Introspect the Retrospectives

If your retrospectives have fallen into a monotonous or ineffective state, it's time to change the way you've been conducting them and focus on giving a direction to the meetings, making sure they are timeboxed and end with a quantifiable action item. . . .

Team Reflection

Team Reflection

"The unexamined life is not worth living," Socrates said. It is true for the individual, but it also applies to a team. . . .

The Agile Philosophy

The Agile Philosophy

The evolution of efficacy in software engineering with regard to methodology in systemic development projects is notorious. . . . However, there is still much more evolution needed, and it falls to us to reflect and identify where there has been shortsightedness in developing quality in software.

Distributed Teams: Managing Dependencies

Distributed Teams: Managing Dependencies

Managing dependencies in a distributed Scrum team can be a challenging task. If you don't plan it properly, you may end up losing productive hours of resources. . . .

We Lost to Agile

We Lost to Agile

When I talk about Agile, it is mostly in the context of my experience in the IT industry. Many times my friends, working in different sectors, ask me why I support Agile in general when it is primarily focused to work wonders for my industry. . . .

Fun Within Scrum

Fun Within Scrum

In the middle of 2011, one of the Scrum Coaches at the organization I was then working for approached the ScrumMasters and suggested we try playing a game he coined "Scrum Monopoly." . . .

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

To know where we are, whether we are treading along the right track, how far out we are from our destination either in life or in a project -- these are questions that most of us have struggled with at some point. When it comes to our own lives, introspection as a tool has been popular over the eons. For projects, specifically software projects, the challenges are multidimensional. . . .

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