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Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams

Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams

Conflict is not a bad thing if it can be resolved effectively. If conflict is not handled effectively, the results can be damaging. . . .

The Significance of Product Backlog Refinement in Scrum Success

The Significance of Product Backlog Refinement in Scrum Success

Product backlog refinement, or PBR, is an integral component of successful Scrums. This process of continuously reviewing product backlog items, to ensure that teams know exactly what to work on in the sprints, cannot be done without.

Transformation-Driven Agile Adoption Strategy

Transformation-Driven Agile Adoption Strategy

Agile is the bandwagon every organization wants to ride. . . . But old habits are hard to kill. With a transition-driven approach, an organization can quickly and quite seamlessly embrace Agile for product development, delivering benefits and realizing capabilities.

An Innovation to the Scrum Board

An Innovation to the Scrum Board

We had been using sticky notes on our Scrum board. Sticky notes are good and inexpensive; however, the Scrum board does not give us an overall "feel" and picture. . . . During one of the sprint retrospectives, our team resolved this problem with an innovation.

Outcome-Based Agile Solutions

Outcome-Based Agile Solutions

Lately, when designing solutions for Agile-based delivery engagements, I have been constantly challenged with one question: Can you commit, up front, to a standard output for the cost associated?

What Can the Agilist Learn from David Moyes?

What Can the Agilist Learn from David Moyes?

I'm not suggesting that I can offer any insight into what David Moyes could have done differently, but I . . . wonder whether the Agile practitioner could learn anything from his spectacular fall from grace.

Avoiding Bonsai Waterfall

Avoiding Bonsai Waterfall

While working from multiple geographies, having multiple vendors involved to help form the Scrum team and bringing in different skill sets, a Scrum team can become a team that works in "Bonsai Waterfall" fashion. . . .

Exorcising Ghosts of the Past

Exorcising Ghosts of the Past

Quite often, traditional teams that had a strict hierarchy in place struggle to come to terms with the empowerment that is bestowed on members of a Scrum team. . . .

Two Problems Waterfall Communication Agencies Have

Two Problems Waterfall Communication Agencies Have

The Scrum framework is perfect for communication agencies, and after becoming a Certified ScrumMaster, I now feel it as my duty to tell everyone about it . . .

Steps Toward Creating Self-Managed Teams

Steps Toward Creating Self-Managed Teams

A dream for every ScrumMaster is to turn his or her team into a self-managed and self-organized team. Here are a few important steps to help you do it.

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