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Agile Retrospectives

Agile Retrospectives

How can we make sprint retrospectives more effective? It takes time to create stable teams, but retrospectives play a major role in shaping the team and in making Scrum the right fit for an organization.

The Importance and Power of "Us"

The Importance and Power of "Us"

Over the years, I've found that one of the biggest hurdles in getting (and keeping) a team to think in an Agile Scrum manner is the fact that the ScrumMaster is not the boss. As with many things in life, this is easy to say and more difficult to practice.

The Different Layers of the ScrumMaster Role

The Different Layers of the ScrumMaster Role

A ScrumMaster is responsible for removing all impediments that stand in the way of the Scrum team during a sprint. Though the role of a ScrumMaster seems pretty straightforward, there are many aspects to what he or she does.

Addressing Quality Concerns in Scrum

Addressing Quality Concerns in Scrum

In software development, the term "quality" has always been an area of concern. Because customers are the entity around which an organization's business strategy grows, they are the driving force that defines quality. This approach basically keeps you focused on "what customers need."

Scrambled Scrum

Scrambled Scrum

I recently interviewed for a coaching role. The teams were definitely having problems; the good news is that an Agile coach can slowly untangle all the issues. But here's the key: Scrum works, but scrambled Scrum does not. 

Estimation Through a Natural Evolution

Estimation Through a Natural Evolution

Much has been said about the term "Agile estimation." My aim is not to focus on estimation techniques but rather to talk about why we estimate at all.

Ball Runner: An Agile Game

Ball Runner: An Agile Game

I was toying with the idea of a game around work in progress (WIP), which can be incredibly stressful for teams. As part of a group effort at a meeting, we came up with a result that covers even more than my original intentions.

Contract Negotiations in a Scrum Team

Contract Negotiations in a Scrum Team

Many software developers think that contracts are something outside their domain. Sales people and executives sign contracts. The legal department writes them. Wrong!

The Power of Scrum

The Power of Scrum

I give Scrum a high rating because of the top benefits my team and I have realized: transparency, self-organization, and trust.

Relaxing the Iron Triangle to Deliver Quality

Relaxing the Iron Triangle to Deliver Quality

Traditional methods of project management have always found it challenging to embrace change. Is there a different potential approach toward managing work? We need a method that has seamless and nimble acceptance of change.

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