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Coaching in the Moment

Coaching in the Moment

Recently I overheard a discussion between a developer and QA that is typical of the conflicts and challenges that Scrum teams face day in, day out.

Tackling Urgent Requirements in the Middle of a Sprint

Tackling Urgent Requirements in the Middle of a Sprint

Sometimes in the middle of the sprint, the customer or product owner submits urgent requirements or requests. Here are six strategies that you might want to consider if you have this problem.

ScrumMaster: Establishing Servant Leadership

ScrumMaster: Establishing Servant Leadership

The ScrumMaster's role is no less than the CEO role; the role contributes to the team's and organization's success. That means that the focus is on people management — the toughest task in any organization.

What Happens Between the Curly Braces, Stays in the Curly Braces

What Happens Between the Curly Braces, Stays in the Curly Braces

If you're a technical lead or architect, don't micromanage the team by telling them how to name their variables or what data type to use. Instead, encourage them to focus on adhering to the contract and supporting the design.

Switching to the Agile Mindset

Switching to the Agile Mindset

When teams move from the traditional Waterfall process to Agile practices, it’s not simply a process change; it requires a mindset change for everyone involved with the program or project.

#NoEstimates

#NoEstimates

Although organizations claim to have reaped clear benefits from transitioning to the Agile way of developing software, many agree that estimation remains their area of concern.

Assessing a Team’s Agile Maturity using Shu Ha Ri

Assessing a Team’s Agile Maturity using Shu Ha Ri

Recently, I was asked to combine two experienced Scrum teams and lead that joint team as its ScrumMaster. My first thought was to identify their levels of Agile maturity.

6 Ways to Bring Humility to Your Agile Leadership Style

6 Ways to Bring Humility to Your Agile Leadership Style

It isn't a sexy term, but I believe humility is a quality essential to becoming a true servant leader.

Exploratory Test-Driven Development

Exploratory Test-Driven Development

Exploratory testing is the simultaneous learning, design, and execution of a test. It is one of the most effective techniques of software testing.

Attributes Required for the Evolving Agile Business Analyst Role

Attributes Required for the Evolving Agile Business Analyst Role

The measure of progress in banking today can be directly linked to technological advancements and capabilities. While the conversion of requirements to technology is the vehicle that delivers the corporate goal, an Agile business analyst is the "driver" of that vehicle.

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