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The Emergent Leader and 5 Stages of Group Development

The Emergent Leader and 5 Stages of Group Development

As I have designed training for Agile transformations, I have included elements of leadership and human dynamics theory so that people can see the "whole" as they progress. I now have a list of tools to offer to ScrumMasters, Agile team facilitators, and Agile coaches.  

Principles of Agile Estimations

Principles of Agile Estimations

Defining user stories is important in project planning. When defining stories and estimating them, there are basic principles to follow.

Keep It Short and Let's Eat!

Keep It Short and Let's Eat!

Many articles have been written on ways to start the daily stand-up on time and make it short. The problem with many of the solutions is that they use punishment to teach team members to appear on time or keep things brief.

Management, People, Technology

Management, People, Technology

The Triple Factor is a phenomenon that I always raise for discussion in any process-driven environment. It consists of three elements that take a company from being good to becoming great: management, people, and technology.

How an Empowered Product Owner Can Avoid Being Buried

How an Empowered Product Owner Can Avoid Being Buried

In implementing any Agile framework, empowerment, change, and continuous improvement can manifest in various degrees. The one I want to examine in this article is empowerment and how it may impact a product owner.

A Template for Easy Scrum Retrospective Preparation

A Template for Easy Scrum Retrospective Preparation

Retrospectives are crucial, and there are many ways to run them. I've come up with a simple template that I use to run and then archive different retrospective methods.

The Agile Scorecard

The Agile Scorecard

To fuel the ever-increasing need for agility in today's business world, we need to move away from the traditional feedback mechanism of once/twice a year and shift toward an “Agile Scorecard.”

My DevOps Implementation Before the Birth of DevOps

My DevOps Implementation Before the Birth of DevOps

The term "DevOps" is said to have become popular starting in 2009. But I think back to work I did in 2004 — and who knew that it would one day be considered DevOps.

Are You Part of a Self-Organizing Team?

Are You Part of a Self-Organizing Team?

Making a self-organizing team is the combined responsibility of the ScrumMaster or coach, senior management, organization, and the team itself. But for me, it is more the work of the team than of any of the others combined.

Managing the Very Busy Product Owner

Managing the Very Busy Product Owner

As we well know, the product owner role is fundamental to creating a great product. So what happens to the project when the PO simply has too much to do? Here's how to support the very busy product owner.

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