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Why the Ideal Line Is a Slippery Slope

Why the Ideal Line Is a Slippery Slope

Being the Scrum enthusiast that I am, and having taught teams and organizations to use burn-down charts many, many times, I thought of using one to track my progress for something that I do daily: going to work. . . .

Furthering Scrum Education via Lean Coffee

Furthering Scrum Education via Lean Coffee

When we use the term "Lean Coffee," we are not talking about a soy latte. We are talking about a technique that can prove very effective when working with relatively small numbers of people . . .

Agile and Managed Services

Agile and Managed Services

Hand-offs between multiple stakeholders is becoming a challenge for managed services in Agile. The application of Agile practices and principles have become subjective, and teams interpret and implement as per convenience, tending to move toward Waterfall. . . .

Has Scrum Killed the Business Analyst?

Has Scrum Killed the Business Analyst?

The Scrum framework does not recognize the role of business analyst (BA). However, this should not be seen as a conspiracy against BAs. . . .

Linking Decision-Making Models with the Cynefin Framework

Linking Decision-Making Models with the Cynefin Framework

As a ScrumMaster/Agile coach, at times I find making decisions in groups (or making groups make decisions) rather difficult, particularly in meetings where the decisions are made at the end by impatient, tired people. . . .

Software Development Methods: A War-Strategy Perspective

Software Development Methods: A War-Strategy Perspective

The history of humankind offers lots of remarkable ideas and innovations in strategy and tactics. There has been no area where people showed more inventiveness than in defending themselves or attacking and conquering others. This article brings forward similarities between war strategies and software development methods. . . .

Agile Fall Zones

Agile Fall Zones

There can be a number of reasons for failure when implementing Agile. In my experience, the following are the major ones. . . .

Distributed Retrospectives

Distributed Retrospectives

When people are distributed geographically across various locations, doing the inspect-and-adapt cycle, i.e., the retrospective ceremony of the sprint, becomes a bit challenging. . . .

Linking Project Management Methods and Frameworks

Linking Project Management Methods and Frameworks

There are various project management methods, such as PMP, Prince2, Lean, Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC), Agile, etc. . . . This article outlines the similarities and potential linkages between the methods at a high level so that a project can deliver the best output (and outcome).

Why the Definition of the Minimum Marketable Feature Is as Important as the Definition of Done

Why the Definition of the Minimum Marketable Feature Is as Important as the Definition of Done

Even before anyone starts thinking that I'm degrading the importance of the Definition of Done, let me assure you that this is not the case. . . .

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