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Leadership Reading List

Leadership Reading List

Part of what makes a good leader great is a commitment to continuous improvement. These are the “must-reads” for every leader (or potential leader). What’s on your bookshelf?

Change Agent Dreamin'

Change Agent Dreamin'

Bob Schatz makes the case for the ScrumMaster as both a leader and a dreamer.

Should a ScrumMaster Give Performance Appraisals?

Should a ScrumMaster Give Performance Appraisals?

It's sometimes difficult for managers who aren't on the Scrum team to figure out how to rate those who are. Some turn to the ScrumMaster for input. Others have the ScrumMaster do the appraisal in their stead. Is either of these solutions a workable one?

Eight Components of Enjoyment

Eight Components of Enjoyment

You may not need passion to do a job well, but you’ve got to have fun and like what you are doing to truly excel. Learn about eight keys that could help you unlock your personal contentment zone.

The Power of Closure

The Power of Closure

Tobias Fors explains how Scrum's frequent finish lines offer a powerful sense of closure.

No Applause, Please.

No Applause, Please.

The team has worked as creatively as possible, building a product increment that exceeded what it committed to in the sprint planning meeting. At the sprint review, the team proudly presents the increment to the Product Owner, stakeholders, and se...

Scrum Smells: Talking Chickens

Scrum Smells: Talking Chickens

Importance Important Symptoms These are symptoms that a Scrum team is not being protected from outside influences: External stakeholders talk in the daily Scrums Features are selected or priorities switched outside of sprint planning meetin...

The Why of Scrum

The Why of Scrum

Scrum is built on a few simple principles. Many people are exposed to the how (the mechanics) of scrum first, without the why (the principles). This document focuses on the why.

Scum versus Scrum

Scum versus Scrum

Single-celled organisms and software developers may not seem to have much in common. However, both of these organisms benefit from following a few simple rules that allow them to work in groups. Following these simple rules allows new behaviors an...

What's your sign?

What's your sign?

Burndown graphs are commonly used in Scrum projects to give the team an understanding of the amount of work remaining for the Sprint (or iteration). In Ken's own words: “As a team works together, it develop its own style of creating ...

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