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Agile Codependency

Agile Codependency

I have noticed a tendency among many ScrumMasters that can turn into a subtle but destructive anti-pattern. It stems from an important contradiction in the role of the ScrumMaster that is not immediately obvious to most people.

敏捷开发敏捷在哪里

敏捷开发敏捷在哪里

Chengliang You offers the first Scrum Alliance article in Chinese.

Manifesto for Twenty-First Century Management: Part 2

Manifesto for Twenty-First Century Management: Part 2

The traditional management style is hurting everyone, including managers. This is not a battle against managers -- it's a revolution against the traditional management style.

How to Write the Best User Stories

How to Write the Best User Stories

The user story is the atomic functionality of what the user wants to achieve by delivering the business value under system constraints. In my opinion, using INVEST is the best way to write an excellent user story.

Same Time, Same Place

Same Time, Same Place

I still remember the days when my father asked me to study from 6 to 7 a.m. daily. I was too young to understand the logic behind this. . . .

Building a Healthy Organizational Ecosystem

Building a Healthy Organizational Ecosystem

This article provides an overview of the situations faced in two of our teams' transition to Agile. We also cover the obstacles encountered, actions taken, and the phenomenal results achieved.

How to Create Agile Team Working Agreements

How to Create Agile Team Working Agreements

Working agreements describe positive behaviors that, although basic, often are not automatically demonstrated in team processes.

Determine the Team’s Available Working Hours to Ensure Success

Determine the Team’s Available Working Hours to Ensure Success

In Scrum, determining the team's available working hours determines the project's success. Ignore this and you are fated to failure. However, such a dramatic event need not take place. The remedy is quite simple. . . .

SPOC: Story POint Cost

SPOC: Story POint Cost

I present SPOC as a metric to measure and track the cost of user stories and consequently the cost of Agile projects. I've developed this metric as an Agile/Scrum consultant with many clients and have used it in projects over the last three years.

Beware! Regional Culture Chaos May Derail Organizational Agility

Beware! Regional Culture Chaos May Derail Organizational Agility

Regional cultures matter a lot in enterprise Agile adoption. In fact, culture is often a sharp tool that can threaten the outcome of Agile adoption efforts.

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