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Agile Metrics and Business Value

Agile Metrics and Business Value

Many business leaders ask about Agile's benefits and business impact. Metrics other than the burn-down chart and the velocity of the team need to be identified. Let's look at some of the common metrics that can be collected during an Agile project.

New to Scrum?

New to Scrum?

People have asked me, "What are the basic requirements for implementing Scrum?" Here are my points for beginners.

Understanding Coaching

Understanding Coaching

One way to help our teams improve is by coaching them. Before learning coaching, I thought that it was just the act of helping people set and achieve their goals. . . .

The Power of Simple Metaphors

The Power of Simple Metaphors

We all know the power of a good metaphor. Some of us who work as change agents and evangelists in the Agile world will appreciate the use of metaphors more than others. Thanks to my wife, I now have a really good metaphor for Little's law.

Differences Between the Project Manager and Product Owner

Differences Between the Project Manager and Product Owner

The difference between a project manager and a product owner is often discussed. Here I will summarize what I've gleaned about this topic.

Call Them Ceremonies

Call Them Ceremonies

I have been doing Scrum training for the past few years, and sometimes I get this question from class participants: "Why in Scrum do we call it a ceremony and not a meeting?"

What an Agile Contract Looks Like

What an Agile Contract Looks Like

You just got a project, and you need to work with an outside consulting firm. How do you know the consulting firm is really running Agile/Scrum? Not Waterfall or Water-Scrum-Fall or Scrum-But?

The Balance Monster

The Balance Monster

I am convinced of this truth: Continuous improvement isn't a target but a journey.

Sprint Retrospective Meetings

Sprint Retrospective Meetings

The sprint retrospective event is, in my opinion, the most important event in Scrum. Of course I did not invent it, but I do perform the event a little differently than most.

Earned Business Value

Earned Business Value

Have you ever wondered why there are a lot of scrutiny and checkpoints on IT programs and projects? Because there's an investment involved.

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