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Product Owner = Strategic Thinking

Product Owner = Strategic Thinking

We all know that Scrum has three roles: the product owner, ScrumMaster, and the development team. For each role, I have determined one high-level element that would typically define that role and its related responsibilities. . . .

Why Use a Definition of Done in an Agile Project?

Why Use a Definition of Done in an Agile Project?

If you want to learn to play the piano, it's going to be a tough endeavor if it takes 30 minutes before your piano produces a sound after you press a key. . . .

How to Be a Stellar Product Owner

How to Be a Stellar Product Owner

Some POs may lose their focus on the team as external priorities shift. To address this and a few other factors that can affect the transition from being an average PO to being a stellar PO, I've listed some traits that can help a PO move in that direction. . . .

Work Agreements for a Scrum Team

Work Agreements for a Scrum Team

Work agreements are the set of rules/disciplines/processes the team agrees to follow without fail to make themselves more efficient and successful. This system has worked really well for my team. . . .

Introspecting Scrum Retrospectives

Introspecting Scrum Retrospectives

The effectiveness of retrospection ceremonies depends on the way action items are tracked to closure. Here are some common observations I have made, based on my experience with teams performing Scrum retrospectives. . . .

Using Architects in Scrum Projects

Using Architects in Scrum Projects

One of the principles of the Agile Manifesto states, "The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams." The key term in this principle is team.

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. . . .

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. . . .

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?

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. . . .

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