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Value-Based Release Planning

Value-Based Release Planning

There are many ways to improve the effectiveness of Scrum implementation, and proper release planning is one of the important aspects of the Scrum framework.

Open Secrets of Scrum

Open Secrets of Scrum

Though Agile/Scrum is popular and followed by increasing numbers of people, there are glitches in understanding it well and implementing it better.

T-Shaped Skills

T-Shaped Skills

Often I am asked by new Scrum teams transforming to Agile how a tester could provide estimates for coding a feature/task, or how a programmer could provide estimates for the tester's job. This is not easy, but in Scrum teams this happens -- and happens successfully!

Hold the Ball Longer and Stronger Together

Hold the Ball Longer and Stronger Together

Here is a game that can have a strong effect on building team cohesiveness.

The Agile Expedition of a Scrum Team

The Agile Expedition of a Scrum Team

I was in traditional project development, where I played the role of a developer. When the organization started to transition to Agile and the structure was revamped . . . I was taken by surprise and had no clue about how all this would work.

Why It Can Take So Long to Hold a Product Planning Meeting

Why It Can Take So Long to Hold a Product Planning Meeting

I would like to share some tips about why we have product backlog refinement meetings, what activities we handle during those meetings, and who should attend.

How to Be a Good Agile Trainer (and Learner)

How to Be a Good Agile Trainer (and Learner)

Do you have disengaged participants in your training class? Sometimes you have hecklers. The worst, apathetic observers! Sorry, that's not the worst. . . .

Timeboxing

Timeboxing

Timeboxing is common in software development, for instance when you are managing projects. In fact, timeboxing is critical in Scrum.

How Our Company Became More Personal by Using Stand-ups

How Our Company Became More Personal by Using Stand-ups

When I first started working for my company, we had recently doubled in size over the previous year. The partners recognized that being larger made it more difficult for individuals to know what was happening across different parts of the company.

Is Agile a Culture or a Process?

Is Agile a Culture or a Process?

These days everyone uses the word "Agile" to mean different things, to their own advantage.

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