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A Product Owner's Journey from Traditional to Agile

A Product Owner's Journey from Traditional to Agile

I recently worked on a project in which almost everyone in the Scrum team was new. The product owners in particular had worked in traditional project delivery models. . . .

Coping with Change

Coping with Change

Change is inevitable; everything changes and can change a lot over the lifetime of a project. For some reason, however, a lot of people who decided to go Agile seem to throw control out of the window. . . .

Agile Project Cost Management: General Practices

Agile Project Cost Management: General Practices

Earned Value Management, or EVM, is a popular method of measuring project performance, and an Agile project manager/ScrumMaster should know how to calculate this for better control on a project. . . .

What Is Sprint Zero?

What Is Sprint Zero?

The idea of Sprint Zero, like a lot of other things, has been used and abused. . . .

Risk and Scrum

Risk and Scrum

Scrum and other Agile frameworks don't have an explicit method for highlighting and handling certain types of risks. . . . For instance, risks around dependencies on other projects, features, stories, decisions, teams, etc., plus market risk, are difficult to account for.

Self-Organizing Rewards

Self-Organizing Rewards

The Agile Manifesto says that the best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams. The Scrum Guide says that self-organizing teams choose how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team. But how about letting the team self-organize to reward itself?

CREATE New Thinking with One-on-One Coaching

CREATE New Thinking with One-on-One Coaching

Sooner or later comes a time to coach people one-on-one. . . . In my experience as a ScrumMaster, when it happened for the first time, I wasn't ready.

Water the Root, Enjoy the Fruit

Water the Root, Enjoy the Fruit

Yellow or dry leaves on a tree have more to do with its root than its color; they're an indication of the need to water the roots. For a tree to flourish, to bear green leaves and fruit, it's the root that needs to be watered. . . . Here are some of the things that, I believe, are watering the Tree of Product Development so that it will bear the fruits of success.

Características de una buena historia de usuario

Características de una buena historia de usuario

A continuación comparto mi lista de verificación al momento de revisar una historia de usuario. Luego de hacer la CCC (Card, Confirmation, Conversation), definitivamente el más criterio más importante que uso es cumplir INVEST. . . .

Agile Architecture Emerges -- or Does It?

Agile Architecture Emerges -- or Does It?

I spent the better part of a recent Sunday afternoon (when I should have been watching golf) in my backyard, pulling weeds out of my gardens. How does this happen, I wondered?

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