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The Three Most Important Agile Practices

The Three Most Important Agile Practices

When things don’t go well, people often fail to call out the problem; they sit quietly watching the frog get slowly boiled. I believe that this is probably one of the biggest issues the Agile community currently faces.

The ScrumMaster

The ScrumMaster

These are what I have found to be the most important responsibilities and attributes of the ScrumMaster.

Welcoming Changing Requirements

Welcoming Changing Requirements

Anyone who has spent time in the traditional software development life cycle can attest that the Agile principle of welcoming changing requirements can be one of the most difficult for transitioning organizations to undertake.

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Anyone who has taken a long trip with children knows that there is more truth than cliché to the quip, "Are we there yet?"

Two Problems Implementing Agile

Two Problems Implementing Agile

As Agile professionals, we encounter many challenges during an Agile transformation within an organization. The question is, how do we move the Agile transformation forward through these obstacles?

Starting with the Daily Scrum

Starting with the Daily Scrum

Let's set the scene: You're involved in bringing Scrum to your department or team. Unfortunately, you're unable to start your first sprint for a few days or weeks. Where do you begin?

Human Stigmergy: An Agile Oxymoron?

Human Stigmergy: An Agile Oxymoron?

Are humans capable of exhibiting stigmergy, or swarming intelligence? What used to be the outcome from social insect behavior of self-organization is now an integral strategy of Agile teams.

Are Tasks in Agile Necessary?

Are Tasks in Agile Necessary?

As a coach and mentor, I raise the question of whether we need to create tasks for a user story.

Onboarding New Team Members: How ScrumMasters Can Maximize Success

Onboarding New Team Members: How ScrumMasters Can Maximize Success

Most Scrum Teams will be faced with new members occasionally, and this is not a trivial event. The good news is that a ScrumMaster can help avoid or minimize disruption by adopting a few simple tactics.

Progressive Planning

Progressive Planning

Following the principles of Lean means creating more value with fewer resources and reducing waste. I would like to share my thoughts on how following these principles applies to planning and tracking a project.

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