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How to Be a Good Agile Trainer (and Learner)

How to Be a Good Agile Trainer (and Learner)

Do you have disengaged participants in your training class? Sometimes you have hecklers. The worst, apathetic observers! Sorry, that's not the worst. . . .

How Our Company Became More Personal by Using Stand-ups

How Our Company Became More Personal by Using Stand-ups

When I first started working for my company, we had recently doubled in size over the previous year. The partners recognized that being larger made it more difficult for individuals to know what was happening across different parts of the company.

Timeboxing

Timeboxing

Timeboxing is common in software development, for instance when you are managing projects. In fact, timeboxing is critical in Scrum.

Is Agile a Culture or a Process?

Is Agile a Culture or a Process?

These days everyone uses the word "Agile" to mean different things, to their own advantage.

Pair Programming

Pair Programming

Pair programming? Two people staring at one PC screen, using one keyboard and one mouse? Why would companies hire two individuals to work on the same thing?

Estimation and Uncertainty

Estimation and Uncertainty

I want to propose a new visual paradigm for depicting uncertainty in a project using Scrum.

The Psychology of Agile

The Psychology of Agile

When we analyze traditional Waterfall application development projects post-release, it is easy to see that, not too long into the development life cycle, team productivity plateaus and eventually declines. Agile works differently. . . .

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I am Waterfall. You must have read a lot about me and have probably used or may still be using my method in your projects. I have lived a very fascinating life.

Self-Organizing Teams . . . Really?

Self-Organizing Teams . . . Really?

Why aren't self-organizing teams allowed to self-organize?

Aggressively Agile

Aggressively Agile

While I generally use a soft touch when helping teams transition from Waterfall development to practicing Scrum, I sometimes have to aggressively help a development team embrace the basics of Scrum. . . .

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