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Agile User Interface Design and Information Architecture From the Trenches

Agile User Interface Design and Information Architecture From the Trenches

I was a Technology Director in a large web design company 6 years ago, and they failed to adopt Scrum. There were numerous management dysfunctions; however the Creative managers were the most resistant. Primarily, it was a case of not wanting real...

Coaching Beyond the Team

Coaching Beyond the Team

As an external coach, I am often brought in to teach a new team the Scrum framework and to personally coach the ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Scrum Development Team Members in their new roles. However, the coaching does not stop with the Scrum Te...

Embracing Change

Embracing Change

When people hear that I’ve lived in China for 20 years they are often surprised. How does an American who grew up in a small town in Arizona where there wasn’t even a Chinese restaurant, at least not one while I was living there, end u...

How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

When I come into organizations as an Agile Coach, one of the common areas of frustration with Scrum is the Sprint Planning Meeting.  “These meetings take forever!” my clients complain.  An easy way to make Sprint Planning mee...

How to keep The Galaxy at Peace

How to keep The Galaxy at Peace

I am helping a client with their agile transition. This large company has been through a series of reorganizations.  They have been experimenting with different processes like Scrum, Kanban and XP for a couple of years, and at the moment I go...

Why Agile Does Matter in an Embedded Development Environment

Why Agile Does Matter in an Embedded Development Environment

The software industry has achieved great results by introducing agile methods like Scrum. Agile methods create outcomes that benefit customers as well as management and employees of the business. The results have been proven in the form of increas...

5 Ways Scrum Creates Safety: Why One CSC Uses Scrum and XP Together to Avoid XP Risks

5 Ways Scrum Creates Safety: Why One CSC Uses Scrum and XP Together to Avoid XP Risks

In 2006, while recovering from an eXtreme Programming (XP) implementation gone bad, I presented my observations on the differing focus of Scrum and XP at my local user group (XPToronto). Since then, I have continued to see this pattern in the agile community and my direct work practice. It's time to share this story to enhance clarity on how Scrum and XP differ and why that makes them better together.

Teamwork in Agile

Teamwork in Agile

Several years ago, I worked for Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), a consulting company that specialized in Rapid Application Development (RAD). CTP’s hallmark was Rapid Solutions Workshop (RSW), in which we would build a prototype of a r...

The Illusion of Precision

The Illusion of Precision

For me, one of the most intriguing, yet not explicitly stated, fundamentals of AgileDevelopment is the practice of analyzing and designing just enough of what we are planning to build that we can then move forward to build it. You can find specifi...

What to do When Scrum DoesnΓÇÖt Work

What to do When Scrum DoesnΓÇÖt Work

This article is a based on my keynote at the Cape Town Scrum Gathering last fall     Scrum is great! Except when it isn’t. What do you do when Scrum doesn’t appear to work?   Diagnosis 1: Using the process wron...

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