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Most Teams Collapse at Real-Time Customer Feedback

Most Teams Collapse at Real-Time Customer Feedback

When the customer does not know what they want, the trouble begins. . . .

As a Person, Are You Really Agile?

As a Person, Are You Really Agile?

In my view, you are Agile only if . . .

Myths Around Adopting Scrum for Agility

Myths Around Adopting Scrum for Agility

There are several typical challenges and notions that commonly arise during a transition to Scrum. . . .

Deal with It, but Don’t Forget to Feed the Continuous Improvement Engine!

Deal with It, but Don’t Forget to Feed the Continuous Improvement Engine!

As the day goes by in a typical CSM class, I get a lot of "what if?" questions from students. . . .

Why the Ideal Line Is a Slippery Slope

Why the Ideal Line Is a Slippery Slope

Being the Scrum enthusiast that I am, and having taught teams and organizations to use burn-down charts many, many times, I thought of using one to track my progress for something that I do daily: going to work. . . .

Furthering Scrum Education via Lean Coffee

Furthering Scrum Education via Lean Coffee

When we use the term "Lean Coffee," we are not talking about a soy latte. We are talking about a technique that can prove very effective when working with relatively small numbers of people . . .

Agile and Managed Services

Agile and Managed Services

Hand-offs between multiple stakeholders is becoming a challenge for managed services in Agile. The application of Agile practices and principles have become subjective, and teams interpret and implement as per convenience, tending to move toward Waterfall. . . .

Has Scrum Killed the Business Analyst?

Has Scrum Killed the Business Analyst?

The Scrum framework does not recognize the role of business analyst (BA). However, this should not be seen as a conspiracy against BAs. . . .

Linking Decision-Making Models with the Cynefin Framework

Linking Decision-Making Models with the Cynefin Framework

As a ScrumMaster/Agile coach, at times I find making decisions in groups (or making groups make decisions) rather difficult, particularly in meetings where the decisions are made at the end by impatient, tired people. . . .

Software Development Methods: A War-Strategy Perspective

Software Development Methods: A War-Strategy Perspective

The history of humankind offers lots of remarkable ideas and innovations in strategy and tactics. There has been no area where people showed more inventiveness than in defending themselves or attacking and conquering others. This article brings forward similarities between war strategies and software development methods. . . .

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