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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?

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.

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.

The ScrumMaster, a Coach and Connector

The ScrumMaster, a Coach and Connector

Next time you're looking for a ScrumMaster, consider these two important qualities.

Why for Some Product Owners and Stakeholders Agile Is Like Crossing Over to the Twilight Zone

Why for Some Product Owners and Stakeholders Agile Is Like Crossing Over to the Twilight Zone

Agile adoption can be a real Twilight Zone for many people, holding them back from full adoption and creating anti-patterns that cause Agile to fail. Here are some ways I try to help in these situations.

Agile Development and the Tyranny of Tools

Agile Development and the Tyranny of Tools

Do we suffer from an overreliance on tools -- one that distracts us from an important concept in the Agile Manifesto?

Pairing an Agile Organization with an Offshore Waterfall Organization

Pairing an Agile Organization with an Offshore Waterfall Organization

After adopting Scrum, we made massive improvements in our organization -- but the interface with our outsourcing partner was becoming fragile. Here's how we helped bridge the gap.

Nurture User Experience Through Agile Planning Events

Nurture User Experience Through Agile Planning Events

In studying value, I reached out to teams and got collective feedback that stated, "Either we fail to understand end-user experience, or we do not give much weight to it." Here are some thoughts about better supporting user experience.

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