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Prepped for Success

Prepped for Success

Your project has to be done yesterday. You need to kick off your first sprint as soon as possible. But before you take that leap, spend a little bit of time getting ready. This article describes four activities that should be completed before the first sprint is kicked off and four activiites that should take place prior to each sprint planning meeting.

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

One of the hardest things for a new agile team to learn is when a story is complete. Make a list of what constitutes done for your team, and you may find that it will soon become so much a part of your daily routine that you won’t even need to look at it anymore. It will be incorporated into your shared knowledge and vocabulary. At that point, you, too, will have reached Done Nirvana.

Leader of the Band

Leader of the Band

When it comes time to choose a ScrumMaster, who should you choose? A technical guru? A political mastermind? A visionary? In this week’s column, Mike Cohn describes six attributes to look for in a potential ScrumMaster.

Shake It Up!

Shake It Up!

Maybe Baskin Robbins had it right. Just as one flavor of ice cream doesn’t suit every buyer, vanilla Scrum may not be the best recipe for every organization. Find out how combining tasks and blending roles can result in a more evolved, cross-functional team.

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...

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