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Story Points

Story Points

Before estimating stories, we need to address one question: What drives estimation? I believe that estimation is always driven by three major factors. . . .

A Coaches’ Daily Sit-Down

A Coaches’ Daily Sit-Down

As part of valuing “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools,” this article outlines a journaling process to help coaches, ScrumMasters, and project managers in transition develop self-awareness to be present for their teams.

Understand Cricket, Understand Scrum

Understand Cricket, Understand Scrum

The other day I was considering the idea of developing a collaborative planning workshop for a group with relatively little experience in Scrum. I thought of cricket as a classic example to use in the workshop.

​Software Development Tips for the ScrumMaster

​Software Development Tips for the ScrumMaster

The complex leadership responsibilities of ScrumMasters mean that often it is essential for them to dedicate some of their time to software development. Delivering quality code is a primary concern for ScrumMasters, and certain practices can prove helpful.

Technical Debt

Technical Debt

Technical debt is a natural product of traditional and Waterfall behaviors in which the development and QA teams are held to the fire to meet a project delivery date. And make no mistake: Technical debt puts the business at risk.

Happy Families Scrum Game

Happy Families Scrum Game

I recently had an idea about how we could use the children's card game Happy Families to showcase the strengths of Scrum. I hope this description will showcase some of the the differences between Waterfall and Scrum methods.

Playing Craps to Assign Tasks

Playing Craps to Assign Tasks

Sometimes teams need a little help with deciding who will work on which task.

Being a First-Time Scrum Master

Being a First-Time Scrum Master

A ScrumMaster is not someone who simply facilitates Scrum process/events and makes the team answer three questions in the Daily Scrum. The role is more than that, and I learned some of its other aspects the hard way.

Agile Leadership

Agile Leadership

I am grateful that I participate in leadership assessments in the roles I've served in as a ScrumMaster and product owner. I'm will share the high-level valuable insights I've gained; perhaps they can be of help.

Make Sure Your Product Backlog Is OPTIMISED

Make Sure Your Product Backlog Is OPTIMISED

If you are a product owner, you know that to be successful and continuously deliver awesome products, you must manage your product backlog effectively. Here are some tips to help.

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