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Overcoming Scrum Team Challenges

Overcoming Scrum Team Challenges

Scrum teams generate unique challenges. I've highlighted a few major challenges for both team and ScrumMaster, and I offer ways that a ScrumMaster can face them.

Adaptive Portfolio Management

Adaptive Portfolio Management

An adaptive portfoliohelps an organization meet its strategic objectives and satisfy customer demands. No matter how strong your scaling framework, if the portfolio is not adapting to the changing needs of the business, you cannot deliver value.  

​More Process: The Crutch of the Passive Employee

​More Process: The Crutch of the Passive Employee

Allow me to propose three reasons that I believe are behind using the absolute wrong approach when we're trying to build an effective technology team.

Confined Pair Programming in Agile Scrum

Confined Pair Programming in Agile Scrum

Being roused by the Kent Beck pair programming approach, I have rebuilt it by making certain changes to realize the product quality advantages of pair programming yet maintain the rate/speed of solo programming.

Practicing Scrum

Practicing Scrum

As our experience grows and we master a particular field, it's deceptively easy to fall into complacency, convincing ourselves there isn't anything else to learn.

Agile Transformation: It’s About the People

Agile Transformation: It’s About the People

There is no single path to becoming Agile. While each organization makes its own trek, there are common challenges. Here are some recommendations for the journey.

Prioritizing User Stories Beyond Business Value

Prioritizing User Stories Beyond Business Value

I adopt a two-step process to arrive at a prioritized list of user stories when going through an initial product backlog refinement session.

Coaching in the Moment

Coaching in the Moment

Recently I overheard a discussion between a developer and QA that is typical of the conflicts and challenges that Scrum teams face day in, day out.

Tackling Urgent Requirements in the Middle of a Sprint

Tackling Urgent Requirements in the Middle of a Sprint

Sometimes in the middle of the sprint, the customer or product owner submits urgent requirements or requests. Here are six strategies that you might want to consider if you have this problem.

ScrumMaster: Establishing Servant Leadership

ScrumMaster: Establishing Servant Leadership

The ScrumMaster's role is no less than the CEO role; the role contributes to the team's and organization's success. That means that the focus is on people management — the toughest task in any organization.

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