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Building Respect and Trust with Your Scrum Team

Building Respect and Trust with Your Scrum Team

I am frequently asked by new ScrumMasters how they can gain the trust and confidence of the team. Here are some insights and practices I have learned as a ScrumMaster and Agile coach.

How Extreme Bureaucracy Shaped My Belief in Scrum

How Extreme Bureaucracy Shaped My Belief in Scrum

When I graduated from college and landed my first "real job," I expected to be empowered, to make a difference, and to contribute to the greater good of the company. The real world was a rude awakening.

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.

Mapping ISO and Scrum

Mapping ISO and Scrum

When our company decided to pursue the ISO 9001:2015 (latest version) certification, I worried about parts of the process. However, I discovered that it went hand in hand with how we work as an Agile team. Here's what we learned.

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.

Why Estimate?

Why Estimate?

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

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.  

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).

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.

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