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Challenges When Applying Scrum

Challenges When Applying Scrum

Applying Scrum in an organization that is not familiar with Agile can be challenging, even for the most seasoned ScrumMaster. Here are some lessons I have learned. . . .

Is Your Leadership Ready for Agile?

Is Your Leadership Ready for Agile?

Executive leadership often advocates going Agile, but do they really understand what it means?

The INVEST Scale

The INVEST Scale

The INVEST scale is a simple yet effective measure of user story feasibility in the current sprint, based on the INVEST principle. This scale has provided lots of benefits to my current project. . . .

Success Story: Implementing "Scrum Lite"

Success Story: Implementing "Scrum Lite"

Very early into our first project, we found that the traditional Scrum approach was too time-consuming for the business team, blurred the boundaries of responsibility among team members and the product owner, and included performance indicators not suited for a diverse business project team. . . .

Scrum and Continuous Process Improvement

Scrum and Continuous Process Improvement

While checking a ScrumMaster's checklist proposed by one of the nation's top Scrum practitioners, the very last item caught my attention. . . .

Success Story: Agility and Health Care

Success Story: Agility and Health Care

Just a few short years ago I began singing the praises of Agile to just about anyone who would give me the time of day. . . .

A Practical Guide: Story Points-Based Estimation

A Practical Guide: Story Points-Based Estimation

I imagine you have read many articles about story points-based estimation. Hence, instead of going over how it all works, I will try here to provide a practical guide for how to achieve it. . . .

3 C's of Agile

3 C's of Agile

When you think of Agile, there are a couple of questions -- myths, in fact -- that repeat frequently with just a verbiage change. It is important not only to know about the Agile framework but also to resolve open questions in order to embrace it fully. . . .

Retrospective Wall Board

Retrospective Wall Board

It is common to see people getting bored in sprint retrospective meetings, or to bring only a few positive or negative issues to the meeting. I am going to present here an approach that has been working for me and for the team I have been part of. . . .

Risk Estimation During Agile Project Planning

Risk Estimation During Agile Project Planning

Recently we performed a workshop to estimate the total number of sprints that a specific software implementation will take us. At the end of this session, I asked myself how we could estimate the risk percentage, to add it to the actual estimation. . . .

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