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Scrum: The Unity of Knowing and Doing

Scrum: The Unity of Knowing and Doing

Human beings have two basic kinds of capabilities. One is knowing, including learning, making decisions, and planning. Making decisions and planning are based on using past experience to judge the future. The other capability is doing, including e...

The Case for a Technical ScrumMaster

The Case for a Technical ScrumMaster

When I first heard of the concept of Scrum nearly ten years ago, the role of the ScrumMaster seemed pretty easy to understand: a person who spent 50 percent of the time doing the same work as the team and 50 percent of the time enforcing the proce...

Everything I Needed to Know About Agile I Learned from Mountain Biking

Everything I Needed to Know About Agile I Learned from Mountain Biking

I am blessed to live in Northern California, where our relentless commitment to preserving open space means that the San Francisco Bay Area boasts a wide variety of preserves with all levels of single track. Favorite trails reward mountain biker...

Developing Your Agile Coaching Skills

Developing Your Agile Coaching Skills

Coaching can be done by anyone on a team. Managers, ScrumMasters, product owners, anyone can help the team focus on removing impediments, working toward continuous improvement, and guiding the team toward higher performance. Having a coach dedicat...

Unit Testing: Ignored and Misunderstood

Unit Testing: Ignored and Misunderstood

It's the most ignored and misunderstood software engineering process in the most famous software management process: Scrum unit testing. For developers, it's boring, tedious, time-consuming. There's no time in sprints to do this extra activity, a...

Taking on a Project in Difficulties

Taking on a Project in Difficulties

Introduction Absent ScrumMaster, poorly defined requirements, inexperienced team, absent product owner, impossible goals. Sometimes things go wrong even with Scrum projects. This article describes my professional experience in replacing the Scrum...

Noise: The Need for Having It . . . and the Need to Remove It

Noise: The Need for Having It . . . and the Need to Remove It

Noise is something that we usually associate with a sound, especially a strong or unexpected one. Truly, it's much more than that, and it can be felt in different forms and shapes. It can be as simple as just mentioned, a louder sound that emerge...

You May Be a Scrum-But

You May Be a Scrum-But

Organizations that are trying to implement Agile may turn to Scrum. But unless you make the shift and become Agile, implementing Scrum won't let you achieve the success that Agile is known for. I call organizations that implement Scrum without ma...

From Domestic Helpers to Committed Teams

From Domestic Helpers to Committed Teams

As my life responsibilities started growing, I began to feel the need to hire a domestic helper. The triple constraints of time, money, and relationships in life were what I was fighting through. Keeping myself busy on trivial issues that I was ...

The Estimation Net

The Estimation Net

"Scrum is easy; implementation is hard" — probably you've already heard that many times. The same goes for some particular tools, like planning poker. The practice itself is very straightforward, but how to use it productively over a long pe...

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