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Project Success?... Piece of Cake!

Project Success?... Piece of Cake!

Project work is serious business that should never be entered into without taking stock of what you know and don’t know. Projects cost money and consume people’s time and energy. If you waste time, money, or energy there is an increasi...

Implementing Scrum (Agile) and CMMI Together

Implementing Scrum (Agile) and CMMI Together

IntroductionIf you are a software engineer or IT professional, your group has very likely shown a strong interest in reducing costs, improving quality and productivity. Your group might also have looked at various pre-packaged frameworks, such as ...

Cobblestones On The Road to Perdition

Cobblestones On The Road to Perdition

The more I work with companies that are struggling with Scrum, the more I’m starting to believe that "hybrid" Scrum adoptions in which people pick and choose what Scrum practices to follow and what to ignore invariably lead to failure. "Who...

How to Convince Your CFO to Use Scrum

How to Convince Your CFO to Use Scrum

Convincing your CFO or other executive officers in your company to use Scrum is actually very simple, in theory. Try this strategy the next time you need to help executive stakeholders understand why Scrum is an important and useful process for so...

Ouija Board Estimation

Ouija Board Estimation

During a recent training course I ran, one of the delegates made a joke about the nature of agile estimation in Scrum teams resembling a "séance"; whereby the team gathers around the table and stares at a number of user story cards expecting something unnatural to happen. How true!  This gave me an idea for a different type of iterative estimation that I tried in practice with ‘Team Woodstock’.

Scrum Bangalore

Scrum Bangalore

The Scrum Bangalore User group is the largest Agile Meetup group in India. Agile practitioners, experts, and enthusiasts are all able to meet and talk about their Scrum and Agile experiences. Scrum Bangalore is an initiative by a leading Agile Sof...

Soft Measures in Scrum Implementation

Soft Measures in Scrum Implementation

Like every good story, this one begins with… Once upon a time, there was a poor shoe maker living with his wife in a little house.  They did not have much, not a table, not a sofa, and not even a fridge. Their cupboard was empty of go...

Why Scrum Works

Why Scrum Works

Many teams are able to produce significantly better and faster software with Scrum than with other development models. Let’s take a look at the components that make up Scrum’s DNA to find out why.

Specialization and Generalization in Teams

Specialization and Generalization in Teams

Specialization in Scrum has been a hot topic for many years and pops up at every Scrum course I run. It is an important issue that’s particularly relevant for a new team in their first Sprint. Scrum defines specialization as a cross-functio...

Scrum in Angola

Scrum in Angola

One of the best experiences I had in 2010 was to have trained the first team of Certified ScrumMasters in Angola.The experience was fantastic by several factors, ...

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