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The Importance of Scrum Values for Software Development Teams

The Importance of Scrum Values for Software Development Teams

Let's discuss the core Scrum values, how to build them into a team, and what happens if the team lacks any of them.

Wizard of Oz Retrospective

Wizard of Oz Retrospective

Here is a fun spin-off on the 5 Whys retrospective format. It's a favorite of my teams.

Maximizing the Benefits of Scrum

Maximizing the Benefits of Scrum

I would like to articulate my understanding and appreciation of the fundamental pillars that lead to the benefits of Agile — the acts of "being" Agile rather than just "doing" Agile.

Using Scrum for Self-Actualization

Using Scrum for Self-Actualization

Let’s get closer to self-actualization, and let’s use the Scrum framework to do so.

Managing Technical Debt in Agile World

Managing Technical Debt in Agile World

There are may opinions about how to handle technical debt. Here is how I've been able to balance such debt with feature development.

Top Challenges for Product Owners

Top Challenges for Product Owners

These are common challenges product owners face — along with ways to handle them.

Why Managing Shared Responsibilities Is Key to Scrum Success

Why Managing Shared Responsibilities Is Key to Scrum Success

In the practical implementation of Scrum, it is important to share some responsibilities among the three major roles.

8 Essential Tips for Working with User Stories

8 Essential Tips for Working with User Stories

User stories are one of the best Agile techniques used to capture a customer’s need and the product functionality. Here are eight top ways to use them effectively.

Failing to Fail

Failing to Fail

There is enormous pressure placed upon all of us to succeed. But it is counterproductive to focus excessively on success without acknowledging and taking advantage of the inevitable failures.

How to Improve Team Performance in Scrum

How to Improve Team Performance in Scrum

Various techniques and approaches are offered in an effort to help the Scrum Team enhance its performance. Here are some practical actions that I have found most helpful, based on my experience and many years of being an Agile team coach.

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