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Understanding Agile with the Help of Precision and Accuracy

Understanding Agile with the Help of Precision and Accuracy

In the context of Agile, accuracy measures the degree to which new features provide any value. Precision measures how much value the features provide.

Agile Delusions

Agile Delusions

More often than not, the decision to adopt Scrum is driven by inadequate knowledge of the core principles of Agile. People start their journey with full enthusiasm, only to realize later that things are not working out as expected.

Assess the Effectiveness of Your Agile Implementation

Assess the Effectiveness of Your Agile Implementation

Companies can adopt a culture of continuous assessment to inspect the effectiveness of their Agile implementation. My experience is that we did well to ask the following questions.  

Creating a Self-Organizing Team

Creating a Self-Organizing Team

One of the fundamental aspects of Agile is the self-organizing team. How does it differ from a Waterfall team?

I Am the Change

I Am the Change

Ever realize that your transformation message isn't connecting? Ever get frustrated thinking, "Why don't they just get it?" Ever feel like you're losing your touch?

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Without a working knowledge of Scrum, I could see how it might be easy to misunderstand the role of someone with the ScrumMaster title.

Perspectives in Agile Testing

Perspectives in Agile Testing

Agile testing is aligned with the principles of Agile software development.  Let’s take a holistic view and understand how quality assurance (QA) is positioned in an Agile environment.

Would You Take a Job That Pays 1.5 Times More?

Would You Take a Job That Pays 1.5 Times More?

So here is what I do that has worked over the years to get teams in the interest zone to learn more about Agile — both its concepts and implementations — and to relate the importance of an Agile transformation to their own organization.

Agile Adoption Board

Agile Adoption Board

A few months ago, I coached a team as they began their journey from Waterfall to Agile. One technique I employed was an information radiator that I named the Agile Adoption Board. It worked out well, so I wanted to share the idea.

Living Through the Product Life Cycle with the Scrum Team

Living Through the Product Life Cycle with the Scrum Team

What makes the workplace happy will vary depending on the practices a Scrum team adopts during the product life cycle. I want to elaborate on two specific practices our team uses: discovery and team time, which are helping us live with the product better.

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