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Shifting from a Project-Oriented to a Release-Oriented Organization

Shifting from a Project-Oriented to a Release-Oriented Organization

Before we understand why we need to make a shift in the project-orientation paradigm, let us consider the preexisting Waterfall model, reasons for its existence, and the problems with applying it.

SCV Retrospection: The Supporter, the Critic, and the Visionary
Writing a Scrum Contract

Writing a Scrum Contract

I have lead many projects in Scrum and dynamic systems development management in Europe and have observed some common mistakes managers make in writing a fixed-price Scrum contract.

Project Leadership 101

Project Leadership 101

To guarantee the success of a project, it's essential that everyone involved — from the development team to the customer, and everyone in between — is in the loop at all times.

How to Keep Sprint Planning Engaging, Part 1

How to Keep Sprint Planning Engaging, Part 1

Let's face it, sprint planning is occasionally boring. Yet it's important that the team remain motivated and engaged. In this post, we'll look at how group presentations can help.

Maintaining the Scrum Ecosystem

Maintaining the Scrum Ecosystem

A Scrum ecosystem is typically made up of three main roles that interact as a community. If one role is missing, the absence might cause the ecosystem to become unbalanced or even corrupt.

It's All About the Mindset

It's All About the Mindset

Whether you are referring to the Waterfall or the Agile method, it is all about teamwork. Regardless of which model you adopt, the ultimate goal is to get the best output from the team.

Scaling Agile Using Spotify's Framework

Scaling Agile Using Spotify's Framework

Agile is widely practiced widely, but the focus is still at the team level. Challenges include scaling, handoffs, and innovation. We successfully used Spotify's framework to address these and other sticking points.

Self-Organizing Teams: What's in It for Developers?

Self-Organizing Teams: What's in It for Developers?

I recently asked this seemingly simple question at a gathering: What do developers gain when teams self-organize? To my amazement, I did not get one satisfying answer.

Story Points Do Not Equal Development Hours

Story Points Do Not Equal Development Hours

One of my regular challenges is how to estimate a user story by using the number of days or hours necessary to complete the work.

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