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Metrics, Burndowns, and Their Uses in Scrum

Metrics, Burndowns, and Their Uses in Scrum

The burn-down has exploded in popularity as a tool for tracking the team's activities, but I have found quite a few misuses of burn-downs.

How to Be Faster in Agile

How to Be Faster in Agile

Most organizations try an Agile transformation in the hope that they will become faster, able to do more with fewer resources, and increase quality. Although these things eventually happen, they don’t reflect the real picture of Agile.

Craigslist: A Model for a Fun Retrospective Game

Craigslist: A Model for a Fun Retrospective Game

Our team uses a fun game based on a fictitional Craigslist purchase. We have found that it helps us gather information about the previous sprint and encourages involvement from all members.

Best Practices for a Successful DevOps Implementation

Best Practices for a Successful DevOps Implementation

Most organizations can benefit from DevOps practices if they are implemented wisely. Here are a few common patterns among organizations whose DevOps adoption practices improve their results.

How to Explain the Benefits of User Stories

How to Explain the Benefits of User Stories

Did you ever find it difficult to explain the advantages of user stories over requirements and specifications documents? I did, until I found this daily-life example that makes sense to customers.

The Definition of Ready

The Definition of Ready

Here is how the Definition of Ready helps improve team velocity.

Measuring and Evaluating Scrum in Complex Environments

Measuring and Evaluating Scrum in Complex Environments

When I visit a company, I always try to measure a couple of variables as a good starting point for a change. It helps people secure some important alignment, make their ideas more mature, and keep goals clear.

​Review the Review

​Review the Review

The sprint review is an often misunderstood ceremony. Here are some best practices for improving the way we manage our reviews.

Should the Product Owner Be Part of the Daily Stand-up?

Should the Product Owner Be Part of the Daily Stand-up?

Many clients ask me if they should bring a product owner to their daily stand-ups. My answer is no . . . and yes.

The Importance of Roles

The Importance of Roles

One of the smartest elements of the Agile/Scrum framework is the importance of the roles. It's important to realize what might be lost in the absence of this simple configuration of product owner, ScrumMaster, and development team.

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