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Properly Written Acceptance Criteria

Properly Written Acceptance Criteria

The heart of a user story is its acceptance criteria. Because acceptance criteria form the basis upon which we build and test the user story, they must be properly written.

Real-World Agile Transformation

Real-World Agile Transformation

A health care software technology company was suffering a long history of late releases and unhappy customers. Here's how we turned it around.

Making Scrum Work in an On-Site/Offshore Model

Making Scrum Work in an On-Site/Offshore Model

Imagine your multiple Scrum teams are spread over time zones 12 hours apart. How can we ensure that the Scrum roles are divided properly? That the Scrum ceremonies are practiced efficiently and that the team collaboration is optimal? Here's what we did.

WONDER: A New Coaching Model

WONDER: A New Coaching Model

Based on my experiences with various coaching models and with coaching multiple teams and individuals in large-scale Agile transformations, I have created a coaching model for use with both individuals and teams.

Business Value Metrics

Business Value Metrics

While reading about Agile and Scrum, we run across business value terms such as ROI, NPV, and IRR, but these concepts are usually treated theoretically, not quantitatively. Here I provide a few methods by which business value is calculated.

Building Respect and Trust with Your Scrum Team

Building Respect and Trust with Your Scrum Team

I am frequently asked by new ScrumMasters how they can gain the trust and confidence of the team. Here are some insights and practices I have learned as a ScrumMaster and Agile coach.

How Extreme Bureaucracy Shaped My Belief in Scrum

How Extreme Bureaucracy Shaped My Belief in Scrum

When I graduated from college and landed my first "real job," I expected to be empowered, to make a difference, and to contribute to the greater good of the company. The real world was a rude awakening.

Mapping ISO and Scrum

Mapping ISO and Scrum

When our company decided to pursue the ISO 9001:2015 (latest version) certification, I worried about parts of the process. However, I discovered that it went hand in hand with how we work as an Agile team. Here's what we learned.

Does Your Team Have Effective Participators?

Does Your Team Have Effective Participators?

We have all been in a retrospective or planning session in which some members sit back and take little or no part in the proceedings. If this sounds familiar, then your team may not be participating effectively.

Why Estimate?

Why Estimate?

Estimating user stories is an important activity, but I find that teams often struggle to truly understand why.

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