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The Accidental Scrum

The Accidental Scrum

One man’s story of how Scrum helped him ready a Royal Navy Warship for deployment.The twist? He had never heard of Scrum at the time and didn’t know he was using it.

Agile and CMMI: Better Together

Agile and CMMI: Better Together

Agile and CMMI are often wrongly considered adversarial software development methodologies. On the contrary, these different approaches can complement each other beautifully, if the timing and the attitudes are right.

Implementing Scrum: 8 Questions to Answer Before You Begin

Implementing Scrum: 8 Questions to Answer Before You Begin

Do your homework. Before embarking on the Scrum journey, go through this checklist to ensure you, your team, and your organization are ready for the changes Scrum will bring.

Coaching Scrum Teams

Coaching Scrum Teams

High-performing teams are the Formula Ones of cooperation. Systemic leadership, teambuilding and coaching are key elements for a successful implementation of Scrum. Implementation of Scrum is more than just new working procedures; it also can be a showdown with the traditional management role and business rules. This article describes how you as the leader can support and develop your team by considering your own role in light of the team’s stage of development.

Pinky and The Brain

Pinky and The Brain

Pinky and The Brain is a cartoon about two mice (Pinky and The Brain) who are opposites in nearly every way. The interesting thing about this cartoon, and why it’s relevant to software development, is the struggle between the key character...

Two Tips to Help Product Owners with Release Planning

Two Tips to Help Product Owners with Release Planning

In real estate, it's all about location, location, location, In agile, we could say it's all about business value, business value, business value. Lyssa Adkins gives product owners tips to keep in mind when making plans for a release so that they don't forget their ultimate goal: produce the highest business value first.

"Four"warned Is Forearmed

"Four"warned Is Forearmed

We all know the three questions of Scrum: What did you do yesterday? What will you do today? What blocking issues do you have? We all do our best to answer these questions. So how come so many of our initial demos turn up problems we didn't catch? Maybe it's because, at least at the beginning, we need to add a fourth question to our daily standups.

A Balancing Act

A Balancing Act

Find out how one company maintains a disciplined process without breaking their team spririt.

Scrum Meets Waterfall

Scrum Meets Waterfall

Dave Prior and Mike Cohn sat down at Scrum Gathering Spring 2008 to talk about managing an agile project in a waterfall environment. They also discussed the challenges facing traditional project managers as they shift toward agile. This transcript of their interview may help answer some of your own questions.

Well-Formed Teams

Well-Formed Teams

Well-formed teams don't just happened. They are created and nurtured through specific practices and ideals, both agile and traditional. Find out what a well-formed team looks like and how to move your team in that direction.

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