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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.

Agile 3R Model of Maturity Assessment

Agile 3R Model of Maturity Assessment

Assessing the maturity of Agile teams is a big challenge for most organizations. When I started the Agile transformation, there was definitely a misconception within the team that "Agile is fragile."

The Art of Facilitating Participatory Decision Making

The Art of Facilitating Participatory Decision Making

Depending on who is on the team, Scrum teams can tend to get into a shell, undermining the whole purpose of participatory decision making. The team ends up in what I call a "democratic dictatorship." Here's how to guide the team away from this situation.

Quality Through Customer Collaboration

Quality Through Customer Collaboration

What is quality? Each of us has different definition. Let's focus here on software product development and how quality is related to customer collaboration.

The Problem of Indecision in Software Development

The Problem of Indecision in Software Development

Indecision has stayed in the shadows as an implied and perhaps enigmatic problem in software development. To know how to address it, I argue, is pay dirt.

Agile Dressing, Waterfall Attitude

Agile Dressing, Waterfall Attitude

Agile projects start with great expectations. However, we mustn't take this pace for granted. Understand the latent risks, and mitigate them proactively.

Level Up Your Retrospectives

Level Up Your Retrospectives

Undoubtedly both the inspect-and-adapt mind-set and retrospective meetings are cornerstones of Agile/Scrum. However, I have worked with quite a few teams that struggled to set KPIs and produce metrics for their counteractions.

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