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Invictus

Invictus

When asked why William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus" held such force for him, Nelson Mandela answered, "Because it gave us inspiration. To win you need inspiration." For me, this sentence had the effect of a slap on the face. . . .

Retrospective: The Fun Way

Retrospective: The Fun Way

Retrospection is the most valuable and most important Scrum ceremony. Unfortunately, it is often neglected, and it can become a monotonous and boring ceremony. However, retrospectives can be made enjoyable. . . .

Essential, Valuable, Timely Documentation

Essential, Valuable, Timely Documentation

Documentation is an important part of every system, Agile or otherwise, but comprehensive documentation as such does not ensure project success. In fact, it increases your chance of failure. However, the question remains: How much documentation is enough, and when should you write it?

Lean Building: Understanding Waste and Managing It with Agile

Lean Building: Understanding Waste and Managing It with Agile

In Agile, these eight identified wastes from Lean management are addressed throughout the life cycle of the product development. Let's look at them one by one. . . .

Believing in Scrum

Believing in Scrum

I'd like to share my perspective on starting to believe that Scrum is the right thing to do in order to deliver high-quality products in a fast-paced environment. It happened some time ago, when I was still a developer. . . .

How Strategic Management Processes Can Imitate Agile and Scrum

How Strategic Management Processes Can Imitate Agile and Scrum

Software is difficult to get right. What you specify up front always seems to need to evolve as the understanding of a problem and users improves or as markets and competition change. . . .

The Value of PERT in Agile Estimation and Risk Management

The Value of PERT in Agile Estimation and Risk Management

When team members vary on the perceived requirements of user stories, this is an indication of ambiguous requirements or unclear scope leading to questionable "done" criteria. Here is where the proven PERT method can be applied even in an Agile environment. . . .

Resume for Agile Professionals

Resume for Agile Professionals

Years ago I came across a developer's resume published via Y Combinator's Hacker News, and I was intrigued. . . . I looked up the original resume by Leonardo da Vinci and found that one even more bristling with self-confidence. Ever since then, I have wanted to write a similar resume for Agile project managers. So here it is. . . .

In Scrum We Trust

In Scrum We Trust

When I look over all of the items associated with the Agile Manifesto, there is one belief, one central tenet, that really makes it work. This element is trust. . . .

Agility - Looking Beyond Software Development

Agility - Looking Beyond Software Development

Looking at a friend's business predicament, I decided that it was time to adapt Agile practices to try and address a common problem in a niche industry, and that this might well be a perfect case study to investigate and analyze the degree of success with which agility could be implemented in the world beyond software development. . . .

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