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Program Failures When Your Organization Is Not Ready for Agile

Program Failures When Your Organization Is Not Ready for Agile

I worked in a program recently wherein part of the work was done in Waterfall and the other part was done in Agile. Here are the problems we quickly ran into.

Making the Invisible Visible

Making the Invisible Visible

It is all too common for Agile teams to see the task burn-down chart in isolation of the big picture, a tendency that provides a false sense of security. Here are some ways I tackled this problem, working with my own team.

Knowledge Management Within an Agile Workplace

Knowledge Management Within an Agile Workplace

You can't stop employee turnover. However, you can focus on easing the inevitable transition, so as to lessen the negative effects it can have on your team and velocity.

Tips for Using Scrum in Contract Negotiations

Tips for Using Scrum in Contract Negotiations

Contract negotiation is part of the traditional project management environment, unlike customer collaboration. Here are some of the ways I've found Scrum to be useful in this environment.

Signs of a Waterfalling ScrumMaster

Signs of a Waterfalling ScrumMaster

Based on my Agile coaching experience and observations, some typical ScrumMaster behaviors cause Agile projects to revert to the Waterfall model or go into Scrum-But mode. Here are behaviors to guard against.

9 Best Practices for Your Next Retrospective Meeting

9 Best Practices for Your Next Retrospective Meeting

The retrospective is usually held right after the sprint demo. Many teams don't understand the real reason for having a retrospective at the end of every sprint. But among other Scrum ceremonies, the retrospective is one of the key ceremonies that has to be right.

7 Sins in Scrum

7 Sins in Scrum

In this article I want to point out some of the mistakes or misconceptions around Scrum that must be avoided, those I like to term "sins" in Scrum.  

Why We Need Continuous Integration

Why We Need Continuous Integration

Among its many benefits, continuous integration helps code stay robust and encourages more feedback between programmers and the customer. Here are some effective ways to implement CI.

Intrinsic Motivation: The Virtual Kudos Box

Intrinsic Motivation: The Virtual Kudos Box

I believe the best rewards for individuals are both unplanned and presented by peers. Research shows that planned rewards, such as annual bonuses, do not have as great an impact on employee morale, performance, and happiness as does an unplanned reward structure.

Agile Games for Team Building

Agile Games for Team Building

Using games in the workplace is revolutionizing team building, employee development, and productivity. A concept that could seem like a gimmick has been proven to yield visible results. Here's how I've tried it with my clients.

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