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Must-Have Strategies for Distributed Agile

Must-Have Strategies for Distributed Agile

Distributed teams have their advantages. What's best is to follow these practices that set the stage for building an effective distributed Agile team.

Ways to Measure Velocity in Agile

Ways to Measure Velocity in Agile

In this article I would like to explore the concept of estimating velocity from a couple of different perspectives.

Agile-Scrum Principles My Family Instilled in Me

Agile-Scrum Principles My Family Instilled in Me

Working with Scrum at the office has made me take a second look at how I respond to changes, impediments, and teamwork at home.

It Is Really Cool to Use Scrum for COBOL Programming

It Is Really Cool to Use Scrum for COBOL Programming

I got some surprising results from a recent Agile class made up mostly of COBOL developers. . . .

Pair Programming

Pair Programming

Pair programming is probably the most famous practice of XP -- whether you are a fan or not. It reminds me of the Marmite food spread: You either love it or hate it. . . .

When Backlog Items Are Finished Too Early

When Backlog Items Are Finished Too Early

When our team finished a project early, we picked up and completed more backlog items. Stakeholders were delighted -- but it led to problems I hadn't foreseen.

Is Agile the Best Fit for Your Organization?

Is Agile the Best Fit for Your Organization?

Organizations often jump on the Agile bandwagon just because other organizations are doing well in this area. My first question to senior leadership is, "Why Agile?" Many times, even they don't know. They respond with a counterquestion: "Why not?"

How Job Hopping Affects Agile Teams

How Job Hopping Affects Agile Teams

At a recent conference, I had the good fortune to interact with many talented developers -- and what I learned about many of them caught my attention.

What Really Is an Agile Coach?

What Really Is an Agile Coach?

There is an important aspect of being a good Agile coach that is sometimes overlooked. Let's look at the term, why it can create confusion, and the qualities it should encompass.

Why Scrum Is Called Scrum

Why Scrum Is Called Scrum

Almost every time I deliver a session on Scrum, I'm asked this question: Why are the terms used in Scrum so distinctive?

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