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Simple Things You Can Do to Ease Your Agile Journey

Simple Things You Can Do to Ease Your Agile Journey

I would like to summarize, in bullet format, many of the do's, don'ts, and best practices learned during my Agile journey.

Is Technical Expertise Required to Be an Effective Product Owner?

Is Technical Expertise Required to Be an Effective Product Owner?

Must product owners have technical expertise to do the best job? Here I give you my perspectives on the pros and cons of having technical expertise.

How Should We Be Teaching Scrum?

How Should We Be Teaching Scrum?

I recently asked myself whether our Scrum education system is functioning well. Do we simply tell our trainees what to do in a given situation and then make them look for help the moment the situation changes?

The Responsibility of the ScrumMaster

The Responsibility of the ScrumMaster

Stories help us understand and remember things. This is a story about a problem we have faced often, especially as a non-Scrum or a non-self-organized Scrum team.

Tracking Technical Debt with an Information Radiator

Tracking Technical Debt with an Information Radiator

We can find many examples of information radiators in our Agile environments: Scrum/Kanban boards, burn-down charts, burn-up charts, product backlogs . . . The list goes on and on. There are a few, though, that go unused yet can prove useful.

Effective Ways to Bid Agile Fixed-Price RFPs

Effective Ways to Bid Agile Fixed-Price RFPs

Clients can gain a lot from implementing Agile for a fixed-price RFP. But what about vendors or service providers? They can lose money if they continue to accept changes. Thus it's important to have a method for handling fixed-price RFPs.

Which Avenger Are You?

Which Avenger Are You?

Sprint Two has come and gone. We're all starting to get the hang of this Agile thing. Even the stakeholder is beginning to show signs of understanding the rules of engagement. . . .

Team Happiness Matters

Team Happiness Matters

A Scrum team's happiness matters. But with so many personalities on a team, how do you ensure happiness?

A Confused Tester in Agile World

A Confused Tester in Agile World

My friend Mr. Snooper is one of the finest software quality assurance (QA) professionals I have ever known. He came to me distressed, however, thinking he was soon going to be jobless. . . .

Understand Customers’ Problems First

Understand Customers’ Problems First

One of the teams I was brought in to "fix" was suffering from the terrible aftermath of delivering a new software version that completely missed the boat with its customers. What had gone wrong?

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