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Why Don't I Floss My Teeth?

Why Don't I Floss My Teeth?

I've been going to the dentist for over thirty years. Whenever I visit the dentist, I'm told to floss twice a day. Flossing fights cavities, bad breath, and disease. Flossing is simple: it takes about two minutes and costs just a few cents. And y...

How Scrum Helped Our Team

How Scrum Helped Our Team

In 2008, I began work with a client on a new project. The client was a airline and travel agency that needed to rewrite, from scratch, their online travel booking application. The new website had the following primary requirements: Improve end ...

Scrum and the Recession

Scrum and the Recession

The world faces one of the worst financial crises in history. Several European countries, the United States, and Japan are already in a state of recession. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently stated that the recession will continue to d...

Tips for First-time ScrumMasters

Tips for First-time ScrumMasters

Most new ScrumMasters have a basic understanding of their new role. Many have been through training and received their Certified ScrumMaster designation. When their teams ask them to step in as ScrumMaster, they are often excited and eager.But aft...

Human Resources and Scrum

Human Resources and Scrum

Historically, the function of the human resources department has been twofold: to police the organization for compliance and to help cultivate a vibrant culture in which employees can flourish by recruiting and retaining the best talent. But as t...

The Sprint Review: Mastering the Art of Feedback

The Sprint Review: Mastering the Art of Feedback

The sprint review in Scrum is a critical part of the inspect and adapt cycle. Having worked with many teams and organizations, I have noticed an overall reluctance (and in some cases fear) to do them in the way they were intended. First, let&rsqu...

Top Ten Organizational Impediments

Top Ten Organizational Impediments

We asked a group of agile development experts working in and with large companies about their most challenging organizational impediments. We aggregated their responses into a list of the top ten organizational impediments for implementing agile methodologies on a large scale.

9 Tips for Creating a Good Sprint Backlog

9 Tips for Creating a Good Sprint Backlog

The sprint backlog is a simple list of the tasks that must executed by the team in order to deliver an increment of functional software at the end of that sprint. Sprint backlog creation happens in the second part of the sprint planning meeting wi...

Strategist: A New Role for Scrum Organizations?

Strategist: A New Role for Scrum Organizations?

Srinivas calls for an organizational ScrumMaster, a strategist who balances the company's wish list against market realities and organizational capabilities. What do you think? Is this a necessary role? Are companies currently filling this need through other means? We invite you to read this article and share your organization's own experiences.

Collaboration: It's Not Just for Teams

Collaboration: It's Not Just for Teams

A small group of Certified Scrum Coaches were on a conference call recently, our voices travelling among continents through the digital magic of the Internet. One coach lamented the lack of having another coach to talk to on the job. Convincing or...

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