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Don't Chase Waterfalls

Don't Chase Waterfalls

I recently had the opportunity to manage a project team and take it from Waterfall to Scrum.

Technical Debt and Agile

Technical Debt and Agile

Let’s better understand technical debt and how it affects product quality. We can rescue our Agile team by following best practices and educating stakeholders.

In the Name of Agile

In the Name of Agile

There is nothing inherently wrong with pushing for change, but using Agile as a catchall reason for change will cause ambivalence at best and mistrust at worst.

Agile Principles from a Non-IT Industry Standpoint

Agile Principles from a Non-IT Industry Standpoint

People outside IT may find it difficult to relate the 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto directly to their work. We need generic phrases that are applicable across industries and that simplify the principles without losing their core essence.

Hurdling Through Sprints and Planning for Enablement

Hurdling Through Sprints and Planning for Enablement

Sometimes we need to ask the same question in a different way to get a different response or to get at the information we need.

Project Success: A Focus on Delivery or on Process?

Project Success: A Focus on Delivery or on Process?

As an Agile coach, I have seen companies debate one point endlessly: Focus more on delivery than on process.  

Capacity Planning Is for Busy-ness, Not Business Value

Capacity Planning Is for Busy-ness, Not Business Value

Scrum teams, I beg you to stop using capacity planning for sprint planning!

Is Technical Debt Driving You Crazy?

Is Technical Debt Driving You Crazy?

I'd like to share my experience with our development team, which accumulated technical debt over time while developing new features — in the same way weeds grow unchecked, flourishing under the sunlight and taking water and fertilizers that are meant only for the crop.

Adopting a New Philosophy to Thrive in the Agile World

Adopting a New Philosophy to Thrive in the Agile World

I am die-hard fan of Principle 11 of the Agile Manifesto, and here is why.

Demystifying Story Points

Demystifying Story Points

I will discuss common problems I've observed when teams estimate story points, and how to help them overcome the challenges.

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