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Star Wars Day Retrospective

Star Wars Day Retrospective

Spring has sprung. Flowers are in bloom. Clocks have been adjusted to reflect Daylight Savings Time. All of these little indicators point to the undeniable fact that May the Fourth is just around the corner. . . .

Gathering Requirements Through User Stories and the Five W’s Technique

Gathering Requirements Through User Stories and the Five W’s Technique

Even a standard user story is sometimes difficult to obtain from the stakeholder, because they have a vague idea about what they want. In such cases, the "Five W's" can be useful for writing user stories with complete and coherent information.

Scrum Maturity Assessment

Scrum Maturity Assessment

Have you ever assessed the way your team follows Agile/Scrum? We have. Beforehand I thought we were working to a higher standard of Agile/Scrum. But I felt the opposite after seeing the assessment results. . . .

Agility in Sports

Agility in Sports

I recently read an article about how Dhoni, captain of the Indian cricket team, deals with high-pressure situations in games. I've been thinking about how similar his thoughts are to the Agile Principles.

True Story

True Story

This is the true story of my team's beginnings with Scrum. . . .

Active Product Management

Active Product Management

Even after embracing Agile, some organizations still struggle to release software to customers as per their commitments. Here is an approach to help.

How to Build a Self-Organizing Team

How to Build a Self-Organizing Team

Building a self-organizing team is one of the fundamentals of Agile software development, but there is no theoretical model for building a self-organizing team. I have built separate models of the progress of individual team members and of entire teams.

Risk-Based Testing in Agile

Risk-Based Testing in Agile

Testing rarely can be exhaustive, given that we have time constraints. How, then, do we ensure quality? One way is to focus on finding the highest-risk defects.

Backlog Refinement

Backlog Refinement

Sometimes grooming the backlog for the current sprint is a challenge. Here's how I help get past certain stumbling blocks to backlog refinement.

Value-Driven Delivery with Agile for a Competitive Market

Value-Driven Delivery with Agile for a Competitive Market

For me, Agile is a method that excels because it is value driven. Value driven means we're selecting (only) those requirements that are necessary and can give the best benefit in a competitive market.

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