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Where Does the Architect's Role Fit on a Scrum Team?

Where Does the Architect's Role Fit on a Scrum Team?

We all agree with the importance of architects for coming up with logical, physical, and application architecture. However, I have yet to see a team that has a fully committed architect.

Agile Transition in the Creative Economy

Agile Transition in the Creative Economy

Transitioning to Agile is as much about organizational change, empowering your teams, and a mindset shift as it is about changing the way your teams do their day-to-day work. There are a few things that will help you, as a manager, through this transition.

ScrumMaster Versus Project Manager

ScrumMaster Versus Project Manager

The distinction between the ScrumMaster and the traditional project manager is often confusing to organizational leaders. This article aims to clarify the differences between the two roles, in an effort to deepen the understanding of how value is derived from each of them.

Program Failures When Your Organization Is Not Ready for Agile

Program Failures When Your Organization Is Not Ready for Agile

I worked in a program recently wherein part of the work was done in Waterfall and the other part was done in Agile. Here are the problems we quickly ran into.

Making the Invisible Visible

Making the Invisible Visible

It is all too common for Agile teams to see the task burn-down chart in isolation of the big picture, a tendency that provides a false sense of security. Here are some ways I tackled this problem, working with my own team.

Knowledge Management Within an Agile Workplace

Knowledge Management Within an Agile Workplace

You can't stop employee turnover. However, you can focus on easing the inevitable transition, so as to lessen the negative effects it can have on your team and velocity.

Tips for Using Scrum in Contract Negotiations

Tips for Using Scrum in Contract Negotiations

Contract negotiation is part of the traditional project management environment, unlike customer collaboration. Here are some of the ways I've found Scrum to be useful in this environment.

Signs of a Waterfalling ScrumMaster

Signs of a Waterfalling ScrumMaster

Based on my Agile coaching experience and observations, some typical ScrumMaster behaviors cause Agile projects to revert to the Waterfall model or go into Scrum-But mode. Here are behaviors to guard against.

9 Best Practices for Your Next Retrospective Meeting

9 Best Practices for Your Next Retrospective Meeting

The retrospective is usually held right after the sprint demo. Many teams don't understand the real reason for having a retrospective at the end of every sprint. But among other Scrum ceremonies, the retrospective is one of the key ceremonies that has to be right.

7 Sins in Scrum

7 Sins in Scrum

In this article I want to point out some of the mistakes or misconceptions around Scrum that must be avoided, those I like to term "sins" in Scrum.  

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