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Pairing an Agile Organization with an Offshore Waterfall Organization

Pairing an Agile Organization with an Offshore Waterfall Organization

After adopting Scrum, we made massive improvements in our organization -- but the interface with our outsourcing partner was becoming fragile. Here's how we helped bridge the gap.

Nurture User Experience Through Agile Planning Events

Nurture User Experience Through Agile Planning Events

In studying value, I reached out to teams and got collective feedback that stated, "Either we fail to understand end-user experience, or we do not give much weight to it." Here are some thoughts about better supporting user experience.

Zero-Defect Deliveries

Zero-Defect Deliveries

In 2007, when I was introduced to the concept of eXtreme Programming (XP), our team was ultimately able to achieve zero-defect deliveries. When I think about what enabled us to achieve this, I can offer the following thoughts.

Building Outcome-Focused Sprint Teams

Building Outcome-Focused Sprint Teams

When considering ways to coach my teams to focus on continuous improvement, I came across a process called Appreciative Inquiry (AI), which focuses on possibilities, not problems. I've used it to help teams focus and perform at a higher level.

Beyond Cross-Functional Teams

Beyond Cross-Functional Teams

Have you ever wondered why some Scrum teams perform well and others don't, even though they're all cross-functional teams with motivated, T-shaped people?

Are You Mature Enough to Ditch Your Security Blanket?

Are You Mature Enough to Ditch Your Security Blanket?

Stop trying to document every single risk, issue, assumption, dependency, and task milestone that could ever impact a project, and start actively managing the main, most important risks across teams.

Worried About Most Story Points Spilling over to the Following Sprint?

Worried About Most Story Points Spilling over to the Following Sprint?

Are your Scrum teams worried that they've achieved less (in story points) in the current sprint? Are you worried about velocity going down?

How to Build an Effective Scrum Team

How to Build an Effective Scrum Team

Putting together a good Scrum team is not easy. Sometimes people aren't able to perform optimally as team members, and there are a variety of possible causes. Here are some of the most common that I have run across.

Retrospectives

Retrospectives

Agile facilitates perfection through adaptation, and adaptation is enabled through feedback. Retrospective feedback becomes, in fact, proactive.

Innovation Is Easier Said than Done

Innovation Is Easier Said than Done

How do we actually come up with innovative ideas? Here are nine practices I follow.

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