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Is 15 Minutes Long Enough for the Daily Scrum?

Is 15 Minutes Long Enough for the Daily Scrum?

I often hear that 15 minutes is not enough for a daily stand-up. I believe that 15 minutes can be effective if we follow certain rules.

Agile Training for the Budget Constrained

Agile Training for the Budget Constrained

I worked with an awesome development team that had an Agile training budget of zero and a time allowance during business hours for a two-day deep dive. Therefore I put together the following schedule from hours and hours of YouTube viewing, which I hope might help you as well.

How Agile Helped Change My Children's Lives

How Agile Helped Change My Children's Lives

Each of my children uses Agile principles and practices in different ways to accomplish his or her goals. To have my children do this, this early in their lives, gives me great satisfaction because they are learning how to make their lives simpler and more efficient.

Does Your Development Team Consist of Team Workers?

Does Your Development Team Consist of Team Workers?

Whether you are using Scrum or another software delivery method, it is highly likely that you will be working as a group in order to achieve your goals -- you will, in fact, be team workers. What are the necessary traits?

Agile Retrospectives

Agile Retrospectives

How can we make sprint retrospectives more effective? It takes time to create stable teams, but retrospectives play a major role in shaping the team and in making Scrum the right fit for an organization.

The Importance and Power of "Us"

The Importance and Power of "Us"

Over the years, I've found that one of the biggest hurdles in getting (and keeping) a team to think in an Agile Scrum manner is the fact that the ScrumMaster is not the boss. As with many things in life, this is easy to say and more difficult to practice.

The Different Layers of the ScrumMaster Role

The Different Layers of the ScrumMaster Role

A ScrumMaster is responsible for removing all impediments that stand in the way of the Scrum team during a sprint. Though the role of a ScrumMaster seems pretty straightforward, there are many aspects to what he or she does.

Addressing Quality Concerns in Scrum

Addressing Quality Concerns in Scrum

In software development, the term "quality" has always been an area of concern. Because customers are the entity around which an organization's business strategy grows, they are the driving force that defines quality. This approach basically keeps you focused on "what customers need."

Scrambled Scrum

Scrambled Scrum

I recently interviewed for a coaching role. The teams were definitely having problems; the good news is that an Agile coach can slowly untangle all the issues. But here's the key: Scrum works, but scrambled Scrum does not. 

Estimation Through a Natural Evolution

Estimation Through a Natural Evolution

Much has been said about the term "Agile estimation." My aim is not to focus on estimation techniques but rather to talk about why we estimate at all.

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