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User Stories: Divide and Conquer!

User Stories: Divide and Conquer!

Tthe length of a user story can sometimes hinder the development team from getting that story into production. In my experience, the user story should be as short as possible, and here's why.

Mitigate Risk with a Minimum Viable Product Approach

Mitigate Risk with a Minimum Viable Product Approach

I had a conversation recently with a ScrumMaster who failed to see why I had persuaded my teams to adopt a minimum viable product (MVP) approach to Agile. My reply was simply, "Risk management."

10 Tips for a Great Retrospective

10 Tips for a Great Retrospective

Over the years, we've facilitated and observed many retrospectives – in fact, we would struggle to guess just how many. Here we share our top 10 tips for running a great retrospective.

Why Be Agile?

Why Be Agile?

I have personally seen teams reap huge benefits by becoming Agile. This list, based on my own experience and conversations with others, enumerates some of the major advantages.

Problems Retaining Waterfall Line Managers on a Scrum Team

Problems Retaining Waterfall Line Managers on a Scrum Team

When a company is transitioning from Waterfall to Scrum, various issues arise. One is transforming the reporting structure, and another is transforming certain functions.

Should ScrumMasters Have a Technical Profile?

Should ScrumMasters Have a Technical Profile?

If ScrumMasters are to help the development team to become effective, they always ask this question: Must the ScrumMaster know the technical details that support the implementation of a product?

Agile as a Quality Management System

Agile as a Quality Management System

People often think that "Agile" and traditional Quality Management System (QMS) are two different worlds. However, you might think differently after reading my article.

Keep Scrum Simple

Keep Scrum Simple

If you've ever tried an Agile or Scrum implementation, then you have undoubtedly seen the all-too-common looks of confusion on your students' faces. When my partner Mat and I do a new implementation, we start with the absolute basics.

How to Scale Scrum

How to Scale Scrum

In this article I'll focus on the following strategies for scaling your Scrum implementation: How to scale Scrum to large programs and portfolio levels, and how to avoid common mistakes in Scrum.  

The Basics of Scrum

The Basics of Scrum

What follows is my interpretation of the basics of Scrum.

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