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Principles of Accountability for Agile Organizations

Principles of Accountability for Agile Organizations

"Accountable." "Accountability." "Will be held accountable." "To hold them accountable." These words and phrases are used a lot. What does it really mean to be held accountable?

Agile Coaching: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Agile Coaching: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I am writing this article based on my first experience in Agile implementation as an Agile specialist. . . .

Agile Transformation: What Went Wrong?

Agile Transformation: What Went Wrong?

Most organizations claim they are Agile when all the ceremonies are in place and team members try to attend them, there is a tool for tracking sprints, and their main focus is on delivery. . . .

IT Business Analysts in Scrum

IT Business Analysts in Scrum

During one of my first projects as a new ScrumMaster, I was asked to interview for an IT business analyst for my team. My product owner's office was ten feet away from the team, so we were colocated with the product owner and I did not have need for a business analyst. . . .

Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams

Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams

Conflict is not a bad thing if it can be resolved effectively. If conflict is not handled effectively, the results can be damaging. . . .

The Significance of Product Backlog Refinement in Scrum Success

The Significance of Product Backlog Refinement in Scrum Success

Product backlog refinement, or PBR, is an integral component of successful Scrums. This process of continuously reviewing product backlog items, to ensure that teams know exactly what to work on in the sprints, cannot be done without.

An Innovation to the Scrum Board

An Innovation to the Scrum Board

We had been using sticky notes on our Scrum board. Sticky notes are good and inexpensive; however, the Scrum board does not give us an overall "feel" and picture. . . . During one of the sprint retrospectives, our team resolved this problem with an innovation.

Transformation-Driven Agile Adoption Strategy

Transformation-Driven Agile Adoption Strategy

Agile is the bandwagon every organization wants to ride. . . . But old habits are hard to kill. With a transition-driven approach, an organization can quickly and quite seamlessly embrace Agile for product development, delivering benefits and realizing capabilities.

Outcome-Based Agile Solutions

Outcome-Based Agile Solutions

Lately, when designing solutions for Agile-based delivery engagements, I have been constantly challenged with one question: Can you commit, up front, to a standard output for the cost associated?

What Can the Agilist Learn from David Moyes?

What Can the Agilist Learn from David Moyes?

I'm not suggesting that I can offer any insight into what David Moyes could have done differently, but I . . . wonder whether the Agile practitioner could learn anything from his spectacular fall from grace.

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