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Misconceptions About Agile Practices

Misconceptions About Agile Practices

Knowing Agile and practicing Agile are two different things. When I practice Agile, I realize that there are some misconceptions about it. Here are what I think are the key misconceptions about Agile practices.

Making the Move to Agile with Scrum

Making the Move to Agile with Scrum

Here's why I promote Scrum as the framework for becoming Agile, and how I believe it works.

Does the ScrumMaster Speak on the Daily Scrum Call?

Does the ScrumMaster Speak on the Daily Scrum Call?

On my team, both the ScrumMaster and the product owner contribute to the Daily Scrum. Here's why.

The Emergent Leader: Building Psychological Safety for Scrum/Agile Teams

The Emergent Leader: Building Psychological Safety for Scrum/Agile Teams

This post explores the concept of building psychological safety in Agile teams.

What Is Sprint Zero?

What Is Sprint Zero?

I am often asked by stakeholders how I set up the first Agile/Scrum team and make sure that they work in an Agile fashion.

Agile Coaching with Empathy and Openness

Agile Coaching with Empathy and Openness

In the Agile world, the coach has a great role for helping teams know themselves better. The essential ingredients for coaching in many situations are empathy and openness.

Expanding Agile in Bottomline’s Global Organization, Part II

Expanding Agile in Bottomline’s Global Organization, Part II

Turning innovative ideas and technologies into products and solutions that bring continuous business value to customers in different vertical markets in an ever-changing environment is not an easy task. Here's how Bottomline supported this goal through our most recent Agile transformation.

Leveraging Custom Fields to Assess Backlog Health

Leveraging Custom Fields to Assess Backlog Health

A healthy product backlog is the backbone of most successful Agile projects. Here's how we customized an existing work flow tool so that we could assess story readiness.

What's So Great About the 3 Questions?

What's So Great About the 3 Questions?

I'd like to share my perspective on the power of the three Daily Stand-up questions in promulgating transparency, which is a key reason why organizations adopt Agile methods.

Vendor Selection: An Iterative Process

Vendor Selection: An Iterative Process

We often need to outsource certain types of work to support our organization's growth. We recently ran an iterative pilot process aimed at revisiting and improving our method of selecting vendors.

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