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Why Estimate?

Why Estimate?

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

User Stories in Agile Business Intelligence

User Stories in Agile Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (BI) environments are becoming increasingly complex, and those developing BI systems are frazzled due to poor data quality, continuously changing requirements, and emerging technologies. Agile, and the right user stories, can help.  

The Need for an Agile Center of Excellence

The Need for an Agile Center of Excellence

"Doing Agile" is now common; organizations and their teams are doing it day in, day out. However, "being Agile" is tough, so it's advisable for organizations to form a group or a more formal entity, such as an Agile Center of Excellence (COE).

Stakeholder Engagement Using Soft Skills

Stakeholder Engagement Using Soft Skills

It is absolutely essential to engage stakeholders for any Agile project's success. In Agile projects, a Scrum team or the ScrumMaster should use and develop the necessary soft skills to interact and effectively work with the stakeholders.

Frequently Asked Questions About User Stories

Frequently Asked Questions About User Stories

Many people involved in Agile/Scrum implementation projects repeatedly ask me the same questions about user stories. Below are the questions and the corresponding answers that I share.

March Toward Self-Organizing Teams

March Toward Self-Organizing Teams

Follow these steps to overcome the hurdles that are frequently encountered during the making of a self-organizing team.  

Multitasking Is a Myth

Multitasking Is a Myth

I recently discussed the topic of multitasking at a meet-up. The theme was how multitasking kills productivity and lowers the quality of an individual's work and as well as that of a team.

Modifying Behavior with Sprint Data

Modifying Behavior with Sprint Data

One of my biggest pet peeves is not completing stories in the sprint during which we've agreed to do them. End-of-sprint data plays an important role in helping us understand where we have failed in this regard, and what we need to do to improve.

Agile Teams Are Self-Organized and Self-Directed — Not!

Agile Teams Are Self-Organized and Self-Directed — Not!

Saying that the Agile teams are self-organized and self-directed does not help new teams perform at their best. Self-organization and self-direction should become the goal of any Agile organization, and that aim should be measured and guided by able leadership.

Steps Toward Leadership

Steps Toward Leadership

I’ve realized that over the years I went through four important steps that helped me grow, but they also helped me develop other leaders. I’d like to share these steps with you, hoping they’ll be useful in identifying where you stand and where you want to go.

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