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A Day in Scrum as Part of the PDCA Cycle

A Day in Scrum as Part of the PDCA Cycle

The Daily Scrum supports the PDCA cycle at a tactical level, but there is a misconception that the Daily Scrum comprises the PDCA cycle. . . .

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

This post describes two practical examples of how, by combining Scrum and Kanban processes, improvements can achieved at two levels: the individual team level and the enterprise level. . . .

How the U.S. Military Prepared Me for Agile

How the U.S. Military Prepared Me for Agile

When I retired from the military at the ripe old age of 38, I had spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and 16 in the United States Army. . . . I knew that the military-instilled discipline and sense of honor and loyalty had made me not only a better man but also a better employee, but I had never really considered how my skills as a First Sergeant could have made me a better software engineer.

Do Organizations Fully Leverage Agile Coaches?

Do Organizations Fully Leverage Agile Coaches?

While Agile coaches come on board with significant experience and a broad knowledge base, there are organizations out there that are bad at leveraging Agile coach capabilities. Based on my experience, here are few areas where in-house Agile coaches are grossly misused in various organizations . . .

Affinity Technique to the Max

Affinity Technique to the Max

Recently I had a chance to test the Affinity technique to classify a considerably large number of items. The problem was to look into our customers' data and analyze it to find new ways to provide better services and eventually generate more revenue. . . .

What Do You Do on Your First Day as a ScrumMaster?

What Do You Do on Your First Day as a ScrumMaster?

Doesn't matter how many times you have done it -- you are always anxious on your first day with the team as a Coach/ScrumMaster. . . .

Why Acceptance Criteria Are Needed Before User Stories Can Be Relatively Sized

Why Acceptance Criteria Are Needed Before User Stories Can Be Relatively Sized

For me, user stories are not "done" (or even ready for estimation) until proper acceptance criteria are in place. . . . I can't overemphasize just how crucial it is to have proper acceptance criteria in place before user stories are relatively sized using story points!

Agile Metrics

Agile Metrics

Metrics -- different things to different people, organizations, and cultures. However, the underlying focus of measurement is whether or not working software actually exists and is demonstrably suitable for its intended purpose. . . .

What Happens When a Sprint Goal Is Attained Early?

What Happens When a Sprint Goal Is Attained Early?

I wrote an email back in 2009 about why ScrumMasters should be discouraged from forcing their preferences on the development team and the product owner when the sprint goal is achieved before the sprint expires. . . . I wish I had kept that email around, as it is becoming a hot topic!

Cross-Functional Scrum Teams

Cross-Functional Scrum Teams

On a Scrum team, the team is presented a goal, and its members must determine how to get there. The best example for this scenario that I can present is a basketball game. . . .

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