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The Power of High-Performance Teams

The Power of High-Performance Teams

This is my story of being the chair of a conference — and of watching the magic of an empowered, high-performance team at work.

Adjusting the Master Contract During Agile Transformations

Adjusting the Master Contract During Agile Transformations

I was part of the vendor team for a large, traditional-model Dutch bank that needed to move to Agile to adapt to frequently changing industry requirements. We made many adjustments to the existing master contracts to enable all of us to work in the new way.

An Introduction to User Stories

An Introduction to User Stories

User stories are among of the most critical elements of XP or Scrum development. Here is an overview of how they work, how they are combined, and how they are broken down.

Dear Leaders: A Quick Reality Check

Dear Leaders: A Quick Reality Check

During my consulting journey, I have come across multiple instances of an organization believing it is all set to undertake organizational transformation for Agile implementation — but then they come across crucial factors that were unattended while they were preparing the roadmap.

Predictions in Agile

Predictions in Agile

We know velocity is useful in planning upcoming sprints. Here's a simple velocity calculation I have used to help the product owner or portfolio manager decide on budget or release time lines.

Four Common Agile Challenges

Four Common Agile Challenges

There are many challenges in implementing and following through with Agile. Here I'll introduce four of the most common, along with my advice, based on experience, for lessening their impact.

Scaling Without Reinventing

Scaling Without Reinventing

I have been thinking about a practice followed by a telecom giant. I feel it provides one of the best approaches for getting the benefits of Waterfall along with the additional advantages of Agile.

Product Backlog Refinement

Product Backlog Refinement

Conducting successful Product Backlog Refinement (PBR) ceremony is a challenge many Scrum teams struggle to overcome. How can a ScrumMaster tell whether the PBR is functioning properly?

To Sprint or Iterate?

To Sprint or Iterate?

A sprinting athlete focuses purely on winning a short race, to go as fast as possible in the shortest possible time. Is that the sort of thing we are trying to achieve in software development? The answer is both yes and no.

The Motivational Retrospective

The Motivational Retrospective

Here is a new retrospective format aimed at shared understanding among teammates and their organization, in order to contribute toward a culture that motivates people.

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