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A One-Stop Solution for Addressing Emerging Challenges of Scaling Agile

A One-Stop Solution for Addressing Emerging Challenges of Scaling Agile

This article aims to address a challenge that some companies face when scaling Agile: managing certain activities that were well handled in the conventional model but do not seem to be accommodated in the Agile framework.  

Infographic: Project Manager versus ScrumMaster

Infographic: Project Manager versus ScrumMaster

Recently I was coaching a group of project managers toward Agile adoption. Almost all of them were worried about the project manager role. I used this infographic to assure them that their expertise is required -- as long as they do things a little differently.

The Bug Hunter

The Bug Hunter

As the name suggests, this is a process that can be used as a friendly competition in which the winner is the one who finds and fixes the most bugs for a given product.

Agile Marketing

Agile Marketing

How can we achieve true business agility if the only department that is Agile is IT? We have found that applying Agile techniques to the ways in which a company approaches their marketing is extremely powerful.

An Introduction to Agile Project Intake, Part 2

An Introduction to Agile Project Intake, Part 2

We need a different approach for project intake analysis when Agile is not the only software development method available to choose from. Here we will discuss challenges in several organizational contexts and then present a "lightweight" intake assessment process.

Effective Ways to Conduct Daily Scrums for Distributed Teams

Effective Ways to Conduct Daily Scrums for Distributed Teams

Conducting Daily Scrums with distributed Agile teams requires a different level of attention, especially when they are newly forming. How can we help the teams deal with different time zones and languages?

20 Questions to Ask When Planning an Agile Transformation

20 Questions to Ask When Planning an Agile Transformation

Many enterprise Agile transformations start with an inadequate foundation on which to build real and sustainable improvement over time. We've generated a list of questions that need to be asked before effective implementation planning can happen.

Getting Teams to Self-Organize Is Like Winning Baseball

Getting Teams to Self-Organize Is Like Winning Baseball

When asked how I'd build courage on a Scrum team, I'll put my answer in the vernacular of baseball.

How Much Refinement Is Enough?

How Much Refinement Is Enough?

Refinement, also known as "grooming," is one area where the Scrum framework has intentionally left little guidance to go by.

Q&A Log in Scrum

Q&A Log in Scrum

In a traditional Waterfall engagement, requirements are often documented and questions are tracked in a Q&A log. Are such logs useful in Scrum?

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