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How the Minimum Viable Product Can Deliver Customer Value

How the Minimum Viable Product Can Deliver Customer Value

When it comes to software development, we tend to lose our common sense, and we get into the business of delivering half-baked cakes.

Good Product Backlog Refinement

Good Product Backlog Refinement

When we started out on our Scrum journey, sprint planning was always painful. We soon learned that the key to good sprint planning was in a good product backlog refinement process, which I share here.

The Product Owner Role

The Product Owner Role

Organizations adopting Scrum have business analysts, business systems analysts, systems analysts, and architects, among many other titles. Who among these is best suited for a delivery team's product owner role?

My Agile Journey

My Agile Journey

When I worked for several years as a traditional project manager, I used to think I knew how to manage a project. I thought controlling everything was the best way to manage it. . . .

Is Scrum a Discipline?

Is Scrum a Discipline?

As a software engineer with a martial arts background, I see many parallels between Scrum and the martial arts style that I practice.

5 Major Symptoms of Ineffective Retrospectives

5 Major Symptoms of Ineffective Retrospectives

A retrospective is one of the core events of Agile practices. But for most teams, retrospectives are not as effective as they should be. Here are the five major symptoms of ineffective or dysfunctional retrospectives.

Why Retrospectives Are Important

Why Retrospectives Are Important

Why should we have retrospective meetings after every sprint or iteration? I have observed that some project teams skip the retrospective process, thinking that they save time by doing so. However, this only creates adverse effects.

It's Time for a Sexy Sprint

It's Time for a Sexy Sprint

In a feature-driven environment, one in which "good enough" is good enough, I find that sometimes we don't look at our product and ask, "Does it really stand out from the crowd?"

A New Approach to Scrum Team Appraisals

A New Approach to Scrum Team Appraisals

In Scrum, challenges arise when we must perform evaluations. Scrum teams work together to complete the commitments they have made collectively for a sprint. Therefore, evaluating an individual becomes difficult.  

Agile and KPIs

Agile and KPIs

Consider what the KPIs of Agile teams should be. I believe you have a choice between two categories . . .

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