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"Why" Is More Important than "How"

"Why" Is More Important than "How"

Working with companies implementing Agile, I have seen that most of the time management is more concerned about how to implement Scrum than why to implement Scrum.

Scrum and Motivation

Scrum and Motivation

As a relatively recent addition to the ScrumMaster ranks, I am finding myself regularly faced with a question related to motivation. Understanding the context of any task is hugely important before a realistic commitment can be agreed upon with the team. More and more, I am seeing that the "why?" is just as important to the team as the "what?" or the "how?"

Avoid the Pandemic: Save the World with Scrum

Avoid the Pandemic: Save the World with Scrum

Can your Scrum team save the world? Try this team-building exercise with the cooperative board game Pandemic.

What Does Your Project or Program Play Card Look Like?

What Does Your Project or Program Play Card Look Like?

On just about any given Saturday or Sunday in the United States, you'll find friends and families enjoying time watching football (or American football, as my European friends call it). Regardless of whether it's the college or pro game, the telev...

The Need to Include Design Topics During Agile Transformation

The Need to Include Design Topics During Agile Transformation

For effective Scrumming, stories should have the desirable INVEST characteristics: They should be independent, negotiable, valuable, estimable, sized, and testable). We'll assume that the product owner is trained in Scrum and creates clean stories...

The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale

The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale

If you've been involved in Agile development for the past 10 or 15 years, you may have noticed that certain patterns of Agile application have emerged. The Scrum Patterns repository has captured at least some of them. Like the Design Patterns that...

Testers Working in an Agile Team

Testers Working in an Agile Team

Today's tester role is more versatile and calls on a wide range of skills. Now testers have tasks throughout the sprint, and they also program — yes! — as regular programmers. (I don't say as developers, as all participants in the team...

Scrum of Scrums: Running Agile on Large Projects

Scrum of Scrums: Running Agile on Large Projects

How to use Agile practices on large projects? There is an idea that Agile only applies to small projects, perhaps for the simplest of the routines, events, and artifacts of the frameworks. The fears are valid. We can mention several issues that w...

Transparency in Agile Product Development

Transparency in Agile Product Development

The word "transparency" can be easily misused. Even dictatorship regimes are convinced they are transparent. Companies advocate transparency while they disempower their teams for mediocrity. I have more examples to share, but the point here is: Wh...

If Scrum Were a Motorbike

If Scrum Were a Motorbike

Scrum and motorbikes: two things that I am very passionate about. Subconsciously, I could sense a parallel between them. When I actively thought about it, the picture became clearer. Consider the team (developers, UI designers, testers) in Scrum....

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