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Agile is not Scrum


When looking for information on Agile, software development is the most common industry represented. Within those results more often than not Scrum is used as the implementation. Many articles that try to talk about Agile in a generic sense use terminology from Scrum. A common side effect of this is that many people associate Agile and Scrum on a 1 to 1 level. This is a problem.



Although Agile methods are very popular (particularly Scrum), there are still many organizations or departments which may not yet have official support for adopting Agile methods formally.  In some cases, management may even be hostile to the concepts and practices of Agile methods.  If you are interested in Agile, you don’t have to give up hope (or look to switch jobs).  Instead, here are some tips to start using Agile methods even in hostile environments.    

What Do You Look for in a Servant Leader or a Scrum Master?


In this article Rothman will discuss the kind of qualities, preferences, and non-technical skills you might need in a servant leader, your potential Scrum Master, agile project manager, potential account manager, or whatever role you need filled.

Product Owners and Scrum Masters: Partners in Adversity


Despite their differing priorities a Product Owner (PO) and Scrum Master (SM) must be on the same team. More specifically, in a successful scrum team the PO must be a partner to the SM. Their adversity comes from the roles they play. The sentiment applies equally well to Agile Project Managers and Agile Coaches. That said, framing it in the 

Six Behaviors to Consider for an Agile Team


If you’ve been tasked with creating an agile team, first consider what differentiates an agile team from a non-agile team. In this week’s column, Johanna Rothman highlights six behaviors of people on successful agile teams that candidates for an agile team should possess.

What is Agile Leadership?


Agile Leadership allows you to anticipate and adapt to unpredictable circumstances or environments in ways that will benefit yourself and others. While not everyone can exhibit the same levels of leadership agility, agile leaders are undoubtedly more effective leaders. 

Six tips for hiring Agile people with Lena Bednarikova


One of the  most effortless ways to enable your cultural change is to “let the right one in” – to hire people who already possess the desired attributes of your intended culture and your future organisation. These people will do all the hard work for you, without even knowing it. ​

How to Hire an Agile Coach


Lately we've noticed Agile, and Agile Coaches in particular, are getting kicked around on the interwebs. How can you find the right Agile Coach for your organization? Here are some tips based on Jason Little's knowledge and experience. Your mileage may vary.

Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 1


People want to know the “secret sauce” for hiring Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches. I wish it was easy to provide a standard set of questions. I wish it were that easy! 

Who’s Who in Agile Teams?


Agile teams are structurally different than their waterfall counterparts. Agile teams focus on the team itself, whereas waterfall teams often follow the structure of the organization. In traditional waterfall development, scheduling is often “top down,” meaning management sets the pace and schedule. In agile, the team is self organizing, and sets its own schedule and destiny within the larger organization. As I was learning scrum, one of the questions that kept coming to mind was, “How do development managers and scrum masters share responsibilities in the team?” Let’s explore the answer to this question.

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