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An Introduction to Agile Project Intake, Part 2

An Introduction to Agile Project Intake, Part 2

We need a different approach for project intake analysis when Agile is not the only software development method available to choose from. Here we will discuss challenges in several organizational contexts and then present a "lightweight" intake assessment process.

Effective Ways to Conduct Daily Scrums for Distributed Teams

Effective Ways to Conduct Daily Scrums for Distributed Teams

Conducting Daily Scrums with distributed Agile teams requires a different level of attention, especially when they are newly forming. How can we help the teams deal with different time zones and languages?

20 Questions to Ask When Planning an Agile Transformation

20 Questions to Ask When Planning an Agile Transformation

Many enterprise Agile transformations start with an inadequate foundation on which to build real and sustainable improvement over time. We've generated a list of questions that need to be asked before effective implementation planning can happen.

Getting Teams to Self-Organize Is Like Winning Baseball

Getting Teams to Self-Organize Is Like Winning Baseball

When asked how I'd build courage on a Scrum team, I'll put my answer in the vernacular of baseball.

How Much Refinement Is Enough?

How Much Refinement Is Enough?

Refinement, also known as "grooming," is one area where the Scrum framework has intentionally left little guidance to go by.

Q&A Log in Scrum

Q&A Log in Scrum

In a traditional Waterfall engagement, requirements are often documented and questions are tracked in a Q&A log. Are such logs useful in Scrum?

Harvesting Agile Through an Attitude Shift

Harvesting Agile Through an Attitude Shift

Software development has been transforming since its beginning, and the quest to find the best model for development is ongoing.

​Innovation Days

​Innovation Days

As software teams, we have an innate desire to create new and exciting things about which we are passionate -- hence the reason most of us got into this work. As business leaders, we should provide opportunities to allow this creativity on the part of our teams.

The Need for the Scrum Manifesto

The Need for the Scrum Manifesto

Scrum is all about dealing with large and complex projects by increasing the productivity and the quality of the product. Unfortunately, when Scrum is applied to traditional software development teams, often it reduces the team's productivity rather than increases it.

Important Factors to Make Agile Transitions Successful

Important Factors to Make Agile Transitions Successful

We have to use a systematic approach to transform a team to Agile in all aspects of its values, principles, and ceremonies. Here are factors that will help sustain a transition once it kicks off successfully.

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