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Why Have Sprint Zero?

Why Have Sprint Zero?

I realize that the concept of a Sprint Zero is a controversial one, and I will not claim that all teams need it. But here is why it is useful for us.

From Waterfall to Scrum

From Waterfall to Scrum

With my company’s recent adoption of Agile using the Scrum framework, it made sense for me to see what this was all about. What helped me transition was a compare-and-contrast exercise that I would like to share with you.

Cultivating Your Organization's Future

Cultivating Your Organization's Future

Every individual in an organization has a specific responsibility for helping create a great culture, to realize a better future for the organization overall.

Sprint Pledge

Sprint Pledge

As humans, we have a tendency to forget things — or sometimes completely ignore things — if they don’t interest us or offer little to no value. In terms of effective Scrum execution, important discussion points can vaporize quickly. We came up with the following solution to this common problem.

The Quickest Way to End a War Is to Lose It

The Quickest Way to End a War Is to Lose It

A decade ago, the war room model was a popular approach for problem solving in computer software development. But it's not a good idea, for the following reasons.

The Effects of Unnoticed Impediments

The Effects of Unnoticed Impediments

When impediments go unnoticed for a long time, they create a severe impact on the team. Here are some ways to help the team raise its awareness of impediments, and mitigate them.

The Shortest Business Day in Our Lives

The Shortest Business Day in Our Lives

Two teams, on two continents, prepare for the daily stand-up. For one, the business day is almost over. There’s only this last, annoying, mandatory daily meeting. It’s only 15 minutes — but is that the best way to greet colleagues on the other side of the world?

Taming the Blame Game Dragon

Taming the Blame Game Dragon

Making a fundamental attribution error is an easy mistake that could be killing your retrospectives. Here's how to understand and avoid it.

Scrumming Agreements

Scrumming Agreements

Well-written team working agreements can ease friction among members in the early stages of team formation — especially if the team practices its new Scrum knowledge in order to form those agreements.

ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and the Cult of Personality

ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and the Cult of Personality

Your company is hiring a new ScrumMaster or Agile coach. You have the job description, and you have candidates who have the appropriate certifications. Now what?

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