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Awards and Rewards for Agile Teams

Awards and Rewards for Agile Teams

I thought I'd stir up the pot a bit by discussing a controversial and sensitive topic — one that most managers dread and get wrong. It's about rewarding Agile teams.

3 Skills for an ACE ScrumMaster

3 Skills for an ACE ScrumMaster

A key role for the ScrumMaster is the pastoral care of the members of the team. As a ScrumMaster, I must unconditionally support my team members. Here is what I believe this does, and does not, mean.

The 4 Cs: An Agile Product Owner's Best Friend

The 4 Cs: An Agile Product Owner's Best Friend

We all know the phrase, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," right? Maybe it conjures images of Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but what does it have to do with business requirements?

A Radical but Effective Way to Build Self-Organizing Teams

A Radical but Effective Way to Build Self-Organizing Teams

I have found an approach that helped build self-organizing teams within what began as an unmotivated company environment.

How to Avoid Daily Scrum Traps

How to Avoid Daily Scrum Traps

Many common Daily Scrum habits are signals of traps — traps of trying to do Agile rather than trying to understand Agile.

Steer Your Product Delivery to Success with Scrum

Steer Your Product Delivery to Success with Scrum

Product- and project-oriented organizations have huge internal and external delays that affect teams. And this is where Scrum can help.

Saved by Scrum

Saved by Scrum

When we started using the Definition of Done at home, my brother and I stopped getting into trouble due to not having our homework fully done. From there, my family realized that Scrum could be used to solve other problems at home.

Metrics, Burndowns, and Their Uses in Scrum

Metrics, Burndowns, and Their Uses in Scrum

The burn-down has exploded in popularity as a tool for tracking the team's activities, but I have found quite a few misuses of burn-downs.

How to Be Faster in Agile

How to Be Faster in Agile

Most organizations try an Agile transformation in the hope that they will become faster, able to do more with fewer resources, and increase quality. Although these things eventually happen, they don’t reflect the real picture of Agile.

Craigslist: A Model for a Fun Retrospective Game

Craigslist: A Model for a Fun Retrospective Game

Our team uses a fun game based on a fictitional Craigslist purchase. We have found that it helps us gather information about the previous sprint and encourages involvement from all members.

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