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How Effective is your Agile Team?

How Effective is your Agile Team?

    How Effective is your Agile Team? By Rowan McCann, Bright Green Projects Introduction Back in the '90s, self-managed teams were gaining popularity, but they had a high rate of failure mainly because team members lacked people sk...

Global Delivery Model - Agile Practices in Defect Fix Phase

Global Delivery Model - Agile Practices in Defect Fix Phase

Integration Testing Phase I am sure most of us have gone through a rough development phase during which we would have considered implementing agile methodology. It is very disheartening to see our favorite project being trapped in the testing pha...

Scrum and SVO-P

Scrum and SVO-P

Scrum is unique in that the management method is consistently direct. All communication in authentic Scrum is concise, direct and clear. Scrum encourages responsibility. The daily stand-up meeting actively encourages personal responsibility to exe...

Iterative vs. Agile

Iterative vs. Agile

Recently, I happened to overhear and eventually involve myself in a conversation between two Project managers. They were discussing why Project managers have to define what "yes" and "no" means to the team – after all, people have understood...

Challenging inertia through Scrum

Challenging inertia through Scrum

Inertia is defined as a state of being lazy, sluggish or indifferent. Challenging inertia is about challenging status quo in an organization. It is about how things should be done differently compared to how they are done now. Organizations someti...

Those devilish actuals

Those devilish actuals

About a year ago, I had been struggling with an important "don’t" of Agile Scrum, actual hours. In the first phase of Sprint planning we take all of our actual hours based activities and transform them to ideal hours. The focus factor or pro...

Scrum in old fashioned software environments?

Scrum in old fashioned software environments?

The “normal” Scrum project.When I look around in the Scrum community, I wonder whether Scrum is only suitable for modern software development. All these shiny, new ways of making really cute, web- based software, with modern source re...

Why Don't I Floss My Teeth?

Why Don't I Floss My Teeth?

I've been going to the dentist for over thirty years. Whenever I visit the dentist, I'm told to floss twice a day. Flossing fights cavities, bad breath, and disease. Flossing is simple: it takes about two minutes and costs just a few cents. And y...

How Scrum Helped Our Team

How Scrum Helped Our Team

In 2008, I began work with a client on a new project. The client was a airline and travel agency that needed to rewrite, from scratch, their online travel booking application. The new website had the following primary requirements: Improve end ...

Scrum and the Recession

Scrum and the Recession

The world faces one of the worst financial crises in history. Several European countries, the United States, and Japan are already in a state of recession. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently stated that the recession will continue to d...

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