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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.

Scrum and the Case for a Culture of Empathy

Scrum and the Case for a Culture of Empathy

During my experiences as a ScrumMaster and consultant, Agile values, such as transparency and adaptation, were my pillars in grounding teams. However, I believe these values cannot thrive without one other value: empathy.

Story Points Explained: The What, Why, and How

Story Points Explained: The What, Why, and How

Here's a look at story points: what they are, how to use them, and how they relate to hours worked.

Creating High-Functioning Development Teams

Creating High-Functioning Development Teams

The goal of any Agile team is to deliver great code as efficiently as possible. Therefore, to create a high-functioning Scrum team, the first step is to ensure that each team member's well-being is met.

Symptoms of a Struggling Scrum Project

Symptoms of a Struggling Scrum Project

Recent studies have led me to think, "What is the definition of a failed project?" This article discusses the symptoms of pending failure I see most often, as well as actions to take.

Stabilizing Team Velocity in Scrum

Stabilizing Team Velocity in Scrum

Teams who know their velocity can plan future sprints more easily by predicting and monitoring their progress. How can a ScrumMaster and team work together to achieve stable velocity?

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