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Negotiating Scrum Through a Waterfall

Negotiating Scrum Through a Waterfall

Trying to run a Scrum project in a waterfall-dominated culture is no easy feat. Read how one CSP navigates his way through these often tumultuous waters.

Scrum in Palestine

Scrum in Palestine

Sponsored by PalDev and the Scrum Alliance, James Coplien recently traveled to Palestine to hold the country's first-ever CSM course. With the help of user groups and Scrum evangelists, the Scrum Alliance is transforming the world of work, one cou...

The Scrum Team: A Puzzle of People

The Scrum Team: A Puzzle of People

How do you build your cross-functional teams? One CSP creates his in an agile manner, inspecting and adapting as the project evolves. He says that this allows team members to learn new skills and ensures that the right skills are brought on to the team when needed. Read on to hear his story.

Have an Initial Conversation to Start an Agile Project

Have an Initial Conversation to Start an Agile Project

Based on our experience, it is essential that stakeholders be involved in deciding the approach for solution delivery. Agile and Scrum require commitment and collaboration from various stakeholders for successful delivery and customer delight. While teams inspect and adapt their ways of working through multiple iterations, efforts of multiple stakeholders need to be coordinated. Without collaboration, sustainability is compromised. Commitment and collaboration cannot be achieved without setting the foundation early on in the project. At Baker Hughes Incorporated, our processes facilitate the initial conversation between multiple stakeholders to make the project successful. During the initial stage of projects at Baker Hughes, the teams have an opportunity to choose a solution delivery methodology –  Waterfall, Rapid Application Deployment or Agile. In this article, Rahul Sawhney and Prashant Patel present: •    The different aspects of this conversation - the parameters that we consider. •    Why these parameters are relevant in the context of Baker Hughes Inc. •    The impact of these parameters on solution delivery

The Personal Retrospective

The Personal Retrospective

The following video with Derek Wade and Alan Dayley explore the role of Scrum in self-awareness. It was shot at the 2010 Scrum Beyond Software open space event in Phoenix. http://www.youtube.com/user/derekwwade#p/u/2/XGlrDvDO2XU

Owning an Agile Product

Owning an Agile Product

When you create a new product backlog, filled with work yet undone, you are technically behind before you even start. The product owner must be able to manage this unwieldy backlog, breaking it into "sprint-able" stories and staying on top of new requirements. One CSPO shares the insights he has gained as a product owner with four Scrum development teams since 2007.

Beware of the Meltdown

Beware of the Meltdown

Transitioning to Scrum can be a change. Change brings fear. And with fear come meltdowns—times when individuals or whole teams act out, rail against authority, and generally lose their cool. The good news is there are steps ScrumMasters can take to help them see a blow-up is coming and diffuse the situation before it can begin..

The Quest for High Performance

The Quest for High Performance

One of the best ways to ensure that a team grows to be high performing is to get them off to the right start. Read on to learn two team start-up activities that focus on process and help ensure everyone is on the same page from the beginning.

My Journey as a Coach

My Journey as a Coach

As more and more organizations adopt Scrum, the need for competent coaches to guide them is growing. Find out why one new CSC took the time to become certified and why he hopes you will become a CSC yourself.

Going from Candidate to Certified Scrum Trainer

Going from Candidate to Certified Scrum Trainer

As a current Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), I'd like to share some information about what I have learned so far from working with people coming through the new process.

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