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Is Your Agile Team Fit Enough?

Is Your Agile Team Fit Enough?

Increasing visibility inside a team process is key for most companies. It is even more valuable if the team or company is distributed. But how can you measure and make your team's work visible?

What if Users Don't Like the Latest Potentially Shippable Product Increment?

What if Users Don't Like the Latest Potentially Shippable Product Increment?

One of the most common problems organizations have in using Agile for incremental software development is users' disapproval of the latest increment. Here are a few strategies for contingency measures as well as ways to avoid rejected increments.

The Importance of Value Streams in Organizational Agility

The Importance of Value Streams in Organizational Agility

Many software development organizations who claim they are fully Agile don't see all the benefits they expected. These same organizations often invest the bulk of their effort only in transitioning their development teams, with little emphasis on organizational agility.

Avoiding Student Syndrome in Sprints

Avoiding Student Syndrome in Sprints

Scrum teams tend to start enthusiastically with two-week sprints. Soon, though, they often start complaining about lack of time. Here are some questions teams can ask themselves so they can make informed decisions about whether to increase their sprint lengths.

Motivations and Methods for Effective Retrospectives

Motivations and Methods for Effective Retrospectives

How do we make the retrospective engaging, interesting, and motivational for Scrum team members, so that they actively contribute?

Swinging Toward Agile

Swinging Toward Agile

“No matter how much we try, we will always revert back to who we fundamentally are, unless we put forth a continuous and concerted effort to change.” I will never forget this quote from a manager I worked for circa 2002.

Why You Need an Aspirational Definition of Done

Why You Need an Aspirational Definition of Done

Having an aspirational Definition of Done could be a great way to keep important impediments top of mind for everyone on the team.

Don't Leave Your Teams in the Dark!

Don't Leave Your Teams in the Dark!

If we exclude certain aspects of product planning, we are asking our teams to accept product guidance with no end definition in sight. How can we help provide a more complete picture to our teams?

The Listening Tree

The Listening Tree

I wonder what you would think if you read this in a colleague's calendar: Weekly one-on-one with my tree.

Achieving Agility Through a Continuous Delivery Culture

Achieving Agility Through a Continuous Delivery Culture

What if your customer calls and requests the release of your product tomorrow? Are you in a position to fulfill such a request in few hours?

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