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Terminal Velocity

Terminal Velocity

Recently, I have come to understand that the classical definition of velocity inadequately defines that value in more dynamic and complex environments.

Ground Rules for Backlog Grooming

Ground Rules for Backlog Grooming

Product backlog refinement is one of the most important ceremonies for Scrum teams. This activity can be simultaneously easy and difficult to perform.

Story Points

Story Points

Before estimating stories, we need to address one question: What drives estimation? I believe that estimation is always driven by three major factors. . . .

Using Business Analysis to Increase Project Success

Using Business Analysis to Increase Project Success

Having clear business objectives is one of the most important factors one can start with to prevent all-too-common project failure.

A Coaches’ Daily Sit-Down

A Coaches’ Daily Sit-Down

As part of valuing “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools,” this article outlines a journaling process to help coaches, ScrumMasters, and project managers in transition develop self-awareness to be present for their teams.

Understand Cricket, Understand Scrum

Understand Cricket, Understand Scrum

The other day I was considering the idea of developing a collaborative planning workshop for a group with relatively little experience in Scrum. I thought of cricket as a classic example to use in the workshop.

​Software Development Tips for the ScrumMaster

​Software Development Tips for the ScrumMaster

The complex leadership responsibilities of ScrumMasters mean that often it is essential for them to dedicate some of their time to software development. Delivering quality code is a primary concern for ScrumMasters, and certain practices can prove helpful.

Technical Debt

Technical Debt

Technical debt is a natural product of traditional and Waterfall behaviors in which the development and QA teams are held to the fire to meet a project delivery date. And make no mistake: Technical debt puts the business at risk.

Happy Families Scrum Game

Happy Families Scrum Game

I recently had an idea about how we could use the children's card game Happy Families to showcase the strengths of Scrum. I hope this description will showcase some of the the differences between Waterfall and Scrum methods.

Playing Craps to Assign Tasks

Playing Craps to Assign Tasks

Sometimes teams need a little help with deciding who will work on which task.

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