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Does Your Team Have Effective Participators?

Does Your Team Have Effective Participators?

We have all been in a retrospective or planning session in which some members sit back and take little or no part in the proceedings. If this sounds familiar, then your team may not be participating effectively.

Why Estimate?

Why Estimate?

Estimating user stories is an important activity, but I find that teams often struggle to truly understand why.

Is the Product Owner a Chicken?

Is the Product Owner a Chicken?

My ideas about the well-known chicken-and-pig fable have changed dramatically since I first heard the story in 2010.

The Need for an Agile Center of Excellence

The Need for an Agile Center of Excellence

"Doing Agile" is now common; organizations and their teams are doing it day in, day out. However, "being Agile" is tough, so it's advisable for organizations to form a group or a more formal entity, such as an Agile Center of Excellence (COE).

User Stories in Agile Business Intelligence

User Stories in Agile Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (BI) environments are becoming increasingly complex, and those developing BI systems are frazzled due to poor data quality, continuously changing requirements, and emerging technologies. Agile, and the right user stories, can help.  

Stakeholder Engagement Using Soft Skills

Stakeholder Engagement Using Soft Skills

It is absolutely essential to engage stakeholders for any Agile project's success. In Agile projects, a Scrum team or the ScrumMaster should use and develop the necessary soft skills to interact and effectively work with the stakeholders.

Frequently Asked Questions About User Stories

Frequently Asked Questions About User Stories

Many people involved in Agile/Scrum implementation projects repeatedly ask me the same questions about user stories. Below are the questions and the corresponding answers that I share.

March Toward Self-Organizing Teams

March Toward Self-Organizing Teams

Follow these steps to overcome the hurdles that are frequently encountered during the making of a self-organizing team.  

Multitasking Is a Myth

Multitasking Is a Myth

I recently discussed the topic of multitasking at a meet-up. The theme was how multitasking kills productivity and lowers the quality of an individual's work and as well as that of a team.

Modifying Behavior with Sprint Data

Modifying Behavior with Sprint Data

One of my biggest pet peeves is not completing stories in the sprint during which we've agreed to do them. End-of-sprint data plays an important role in helping us understand where we have failed in this regard, and what we need to do to improve.

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