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Key Metrics for Agile Teams

Key Metrics for Agile Teams

Agile teams generally use velocity as their primary metric. Here are other five metrics, in addition to the more common ones, that can help teams thrive.  

Why the Agile Coach Is the Most Important Player on the Team

Why the Agile Coach Is the Most Important Player on the Team

The success of a team is always attributed to the captain or the group of players. People typically overlook the coaching staff, which plays a critical role in building the team. How do we learn from this in our daily world of Agile?

Conservatives, Liberals, and Agilists

Conservatives, Liberals, and Agilists

Having thought about it at length, I have concluded that people within an organization that is undergoing an Agile adoption typically fall into one of three groups. Given that it is an election year, I have fittingly labeled these groups Agilists, liberals, and conservatives.

Top 10 Mistakes Scrum Teams Make

Top 10 Mistakes Scrum Teams Make

There are typical mistakes that disrupt a Scrum team, preventing them from reaching their best level of performance. Because they don't always surface early on, they are difficult to prevent and even to detect. I keep this list of mistakes written down so that my teams can better avoid them.

Quick-start: Working with Legacy Code in Agile Environments

Quick-start: Working with Legacy Code in Agile Environments

In most Agile coaching projects, we find that our client applications are not properly covered with automated tests. The organization usually has no plans to throw away those codebases and start from scratch, which means we need to address the evergreen issue of quality in the legacy code.

Agile Transformation

Agile Transformation

When transitioning to Agile (or any new process), it is crucial to create energy across all teams by encouraging and empowering collaboration among them. Here are further strategies to overcome the struggles experienced during the transformation.

The Musings of an Agile Kite

The Musings of an Agile Kite

I love analogies. So let me take you into one. Imagine that you are flying a kite. . . .

My Agile Expedition

My Agile Expedition

My first encounter with Agile was in 2009, when I was given the role of Agile project manager. "What is Agile?" I asked myself, my supervisor, and pretty much everyone around me. The answers that I got varied widely, and my adventure began.

 Adopting Agile Successfully

Adopting Agile Successfully

When companies try to implement Agile, they often make key mistakes at the start. The implementation's failure then conveniently gets blamed on the Agile framework or the coaches. Here are the three steps you can take to start a transformation the right way.

10-Pin Bowling Retrospective

10-Pin Bowling Retrospective

I have uses and adapted a number of different styles of retrospectives with my teams. I have always tried to include an element of fun to ensure that everyone is engaged with the process and that it is not seen as "just another meeting."

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