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To Trust or Not to Trust?

To Trust or Not to Trust?

For centuries, if not millennia, humans have struggled to introduce logic and structure into their world. From architectural designs dating back thousands of years to the latest technological innovations, we try to balance logic and the fundamental laws of physics with emotions and human attributes. . . .

We Lost to Agile: Part II

We Lost to Agile: Part II

Whenever a new idea is presented in front of a group, everybody looks with skepticism to the presenter and fears the unseen impact of the change. . . . I will summarize my views on how different departments are impacted by an Agile implementation within an organization.

Success Story: Winning with Joint Story Sessions

Success Story: Winning with Joint Story Sessions

This is our journey of how we achieved a state of zero functional defects (mostly) by implementing joint story sessions in a multicultural, geographically distributed, multi-vendor environment. . . .

Follow up with FEELING

Follow up with FEELING

Making sure an action is done is only a small part of the value of the follow-up process. The big reason to follow up after creating new thinking is to support the creation of new long-term habits that will improve people's performance. . . . One way we can do this is to use the FEELING model.

7 Key Characteristics of an Effective Product Owner

7 Key Characteristics of an Effective Product Owner

The product owner (PO) is a key player in the development of a solution using Agile. IT organizations just starting to move to Agile ways of working may fall into the trap of perceiving the PO as a messenger for the business, relaying what the business stakeholders describe as requirements. . . .

Maria Montessori + Agile Thinking = Scrum

Maria Montessori + Agile Thinking = Scrum

Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society. The overview . . . gives us a clear sense of the overlap between Montessori education and Scrum.

Product Owner = Strategic Thinking

Product Owner = Strategic Thinking

We all know that Scrum has three roles: the product owner, ScrumMaster, and the development team. For each role, I have determined one high-level element that would typically define that role and its related responsibilities. . . .

Why Use a Definition of Done in an Agile Project?

Why Use a Definition of Done in an Agile Project?

If you want to learn to play the piano, it's going to be a tough endeavor if it takes 30 minutes before your piano produces a sound after you press a key. . . .

How to Be a Stellar Product Owner

How to Be a Stellar Product Owner

Some POs may lose their focus on the team as external priorities shift. To address this and a few other factors that can affect the transition from being an average PO to being a stellar PO, I've listed some traits that can help a PO move in that direction. . . .

Work Agreements for a Scrum Team

Work Agreements for a Scrum Team

Work agreements are the set of rules/disciplines/processes the team agrees to follow without fail to make themselves more efficient and successful. This system has worked really well for my team. . . .

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