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A Beginner’s Guide to the User Story Template

A Beginner’s Guide to the User Story Template

The Scrum Team’s role is to understand and implement the product owner’s vision. It must be clearly worded, stand alone, describe one piece of functionality, and be small enough to complete in one sprint.  The template that I use breaks the user story down into three components.

Are We Responding to Change Effectively?

Are We Responding to Change Effectively?

One of the principles of Agile underscores the importance of "responding to change." Though we are theoretically willing to respond to changes, it’s not easy. It’s about understanding what change really means to your team.

Why DevOps

Why DevOps

I would like to explain a couple of real-life IT disasters that I have experienced, as well as some strategies to fix them.

The Technical ScrumMaster: A Path to "Himself-Organized" Teams

The Technical ScrumMaster: A Path to "Himself-Organized" Teams

I think emphasizing a technical leadership profile is a big misunderstanding of the ScrumMaster role, one that a lot of companies have.

The Product Backlog Refinement Meeting

The Product Backlog Refinement Meeting

The product backlog refinement meeting is one that can help the product owner and team set themselves up for better sprint planning.

Collaboration and Communication

Collaboration and Communication

Good communication is essential for good collaboration. There are many artifacts and tools that help teams with both.

The Emergent Leader and 5 Stages of Group Development

The Emergent Leader and 5 Stages of Group Development

As I have designed training for Agile transformations, I have included elements of leadership and human dynamics theory so that people can see the "whole" as they progress. I now have a list of tools to offer to ScrumMasters, Agile team facilitators, and Agile coaches.  

Principles of Agile Estimations

Principles of Agile Estimations

Defining user stories is important in project planning. When defining stories and estimating them, there are basic principles to follow.

Keep It Short and Let's Eat!

Keep It Short and Let's Eat!

Many articles have been written on ways to start the daily stand-up on time and make it short. The problem with many of the solutions is that they use punishment to teach team members to appear on time or keep things brief.

Management, People, Technology

Management, People, Technology

The Triple Factor is a phenomenon that I always raise for discussion in any process-driven environment. It consists of three elements that take a company from being good to becoming great: management, people, and technology.

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