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Is Your ScrumMaster a Watchman or a Gatekeeper?

Is Your ScrumMaster a Watchman or a Gatekeeper?

I started wondering how a ScrumMaster can play the many roles people say is part of the job, and I came up with my own description of who I, as a ScrumMaster, really am.

Program-Level Story Pointing

Program-Level Story Pointing

Over the years, I have witnessed various story-pointing techniques. Some were better than others. I have come up with a system that works pretty well, and I want to share it with you. I hope you find it helpful.

Applying Common Sense to the Agile Framework

Applying Common Sense to the Agile Framework

I'd like to share some steps that I've followed over the years to create Agile teams, resolve conflicts and problems, enhance communication, and improve the working environment.

Requirements Management in Scrum Projects

Requirements Management in Scrum Projects

The success of any project depends on how the feature requirements are managed. What are the best practices in managing the requirements of a Scrum-based project?

Technical Debt: The Root Cause of Bankruptcy

Technical Debt: The Root Cause of Bankruptcy

Agile software development is like building a new house or maintaining an existing house. With every unit of code we add to the system, we keep adding technical debt.  

Making Sense of Feature Requirements as They Happen

Making Sense of Feature Requirements as They Happen

Over the years I've often come across situations in which the team delivered a more complicated final product than necessary or desirable. Using Scrum, however, we uncover these misunderstandings much earlier -- and avoid them.

Technical Definition of Done

Technical Definition of Done

Ideally, technical debt must be as minimal as possible. The reality is that it increases linearly with the number of sprints completed. How are we to manage technical debt?

The Scrum Meeting

The Scrum Meeting

The daily stand-up has several clear goals, and some common pitfalls as well.

Scrum Team Traps

Scrum Team Traps

Several common traps can affect Scrum teams, and if they go unresolved they can affect the Scrum cycle, team morale and productivity, and product owner expectations. Here's how to tackle them.

Adopting Versus Realizing Agile

Adopting Versus Realizing Agile

Although Agile's inner workings are complicated, we should realize and understand them cognitively instead of just following them blindly out of determination.

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