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Scaling Without Reinventing

Scaling Without Reinventing

I have been thinking about a practice followed by a telecom giant. I feel it provides one of the best approaches for getting the benefits of Waterfall along with the additional advantages of Agile.

Product Backlog Refinement

Product Backlog Refinement

Conducting successful Product Backlog Refinement (PBR) ceremony is a challenge many Scrum teams struggle to overcome. How can a ScrumMaster tell whether the PBR is functioning properly?

To Sprint or Iterate?

To Sprint or Iterate?

A sprinting athlete focuses purely on winning a short race, to go as fast as possible in the shortest possible time. Is that the sort of thing we are trying to achieve in software development? The answer is both yes and no.

The Motivational Retrospective

The Motivational Retrospective

Here is a new retrospective format aimed at shared understanding among teammates and their organization, in order to contribute toward a culture that motivates people.

Agile Roles and Job Titles

Agile Roles and Job Titles

While Agile defines three roles — product owner, ScrumMaster, and development team — it does not address job titles, which exist in the corporate world. However, job titles serve a valuable purpose for organizations and their employees.

Stretch Goals in Agile Development

Stretch Goals in Agile Development

Stretch goals in Agile development allow the team to plan for a few more tasks in addition to their committed work during the sprint. Those additional tasks are not committed. Here is a discussion of the features, advantages, and disadvantages of stretch goals or objectives.

Understanding Agile with the Help of Precision and Accuracy

Understanding Agile with the Help of Precision and Accuracy

In the context of Agile, accuracy measures the degree to which new features provide any value. Precision measures how much value the features provide.

Agile Delusions

Agile Delusions

More often than not, the decision to adopt Scrum is driven by inadequate knowledge of the core principles of Agile. People start their journey with full enthusiasm, only to realize later that things are not working out as expected.

Assess the Effectiveness of Your Agile Implementation

Assess the Effectiveness of Your Agile Implementation

Companies can adopt a culture of continuous assessment to inspect the effectiveness of their Agile implementation. My experience is that we did well to ask the following questions.  

Creating a Self-Organizing Team

Creating a Self-Organizing Team

One of the fundamental aspects of Agile is the self-organizing team. How does it differ from a Waterfall team?

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