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In Defense of Commitment

In Defense of Commitment

Another term for team commitment is forecast. The terminology has been much debated within the Agile community. This article is in defense of the former term and the right way to practice the theory.

Defrosting the Frozen Middle

Defrosting the Frozen Middle

Middle managers must be part of an organization's Agile transformation, or they are likely to block it. Here's how to help them be engaged.

Practical Agile: Let’s Kanban

Practical Agile: Let’s Kanban

Working as an Agile coach for many teams, I found that I wanted the approach to be more invitation-based than instructional. Kanban proved to be a helpful approach.

Single Piece Flow with Scrum and Kanban

Single Piece Flow with Scrum and Kanban

I have been working with a highly motivated team undergoing Agile transformation. Here I will share our experience in leveraging the single-piece flow concept.

Turn and Face the Strange

Turn and Face the Strange

How does a ScrumMaster go into an organization and implement real change? I have more questions than answers, but I would like to encourage a debate, because we can all benefit from a few more tools.

The Definition of Done

The Definition of Done

One may wonder why we need a Definition of Done. If something is done well, that means it is done — right?

Industry Standards and Metrics for Agile

Industry Standards and Metrics for Agile

Realistically, how can we handle the common desire for performance metrics when using Agile?

Unearthing the Impediments

Unearthing the Impediments

The success of the ScrumMaster depends on how early he or she detects an impediment, so that it can be solved before it becomes a blocker for the team.

How to Use Relative and Absolute Estimates in Agile Projects

How to Use Relative and Absolute Estimates in Agile Projects

When we estimate, the first reaction is to give an absolute answer, a concrete and absolute value. However, we are not that good at this kind of estimating. Hard to believe? Keep reading.

Agile Practices for Globally Distributed Teams

Agile Practices for Globally Distributed Teams

You are not alone if you have been struggling to make Scrum work with globally distributed teams. Here are some practices that I have seen used effectively.

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