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How Scrum + Kanban Can Work for You

How Scrum + Kanban Can Work for You

Kanban's lightweight nature allows for easy integration with Scrum. Let's take a look at how to use Kanban as a technique within your Scrum framework, by breaking down its five core properties.

Using the Four-Layer Organizational Map to Plan Your Agile Transformation

Using the Four-Layer Organizational Map to Plan Your Agile Transformation

Recently a CEO asked me, "What is the meaning of culture in our organization? Is culture what most areas of the company do? Is it what management says? Is it what I tell people to do?" The answer is rather more exciting than this.

What Is Productivity in Agile?

What Is Productivity in Agile?

So, what do we mean by Agile productivity? In my experience, Agile teams can waste significant time on this issue.

Agile Is Far from Fragile

Agile Is Far from Fragile

When I first started as a ScrumMaster with my current employer, the team was excited about the concept of rapid and quick development cycles that would provide incremental value to our customers in short development sprints. . . .

A Testing Strategy in Scrum

A Testing Strategy in Scrum

What is the ideal testing strategy for a Scrum team? Having worked with diverse organizations that operate with different styles, I have composed a set of daily tasks and expectations that I have seen to work well for testing in Scrum teams.

A Coach’s Predicament

A Coach’s Predicament

Am I able to coach without ruffling some feathers in an organization in which, as an outsider, I am going to bring about change? Here I would like to highlight a particular strategy called GULP, which has helped me lessen the resistance that change agents so often face.

Retrospectives in Hindsight

Retrospectives in Hindsight

I will share a few ideas and challenges that my team and I faced while doing the retrospectives, and, more importantly, while trying to implement our decisions in subsequent sprints.

From the LeSS Toolbox: Causal Loop Diagrams to Visualize System Dynamics

From the LeSS Toolbox: Causal Loop Diagrams to Visualize System Dynamics

Causal loop diagrams provide a great way to graphically illustrate cause-and-effect relationships between various elements of an organizational ecosystem. I have found that they are highly useful in communicating ideas to my customers, particularly to senior leadership.

Documentation in Agile

Documentation in Agile

In any product development, it is often perceived that documentation plays second fiddle to development in Agile. In fact, in today’s world, both these domains play a key role in the success of a product. So, what exactly is this type of documentation?

Industrial Engineering and Agile

Industrial Engineering and Agile

 I graduated in industrial engineering way back in 1999. Looking at the underlying topics, methods, and principles that we learned, I see now that they were very much part of today's Agile way of working.

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