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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. . . .

Peer Feedback

Peer Feedback

There is a lot of scope for any Scrum team to experiment with its activities. One such experiment can be peer feedback.

Questions to Ask During Retrospectives

Questions to Ask During Retrospectives

The retrospective is one of the most important ceremonies that the Scrum team performs. It is the very essence of Scrum, allowing us to "inspect and adapt." However, I often feel that new teams are lost in the retrospective. . . .

Three Reasons Why Junior Developers Should Ask More Questions

Three Reasons Why Junior Developers Should Ask More Questions

I asked my project manager about areas where I could improve on the job, and I was surprised at his answer . . .

Agile Planning: Backlog Management

Agile Planning: Backlog Management

Prioritizing the backlog is very important -- but the question is why it is important and how it helps in making a quality deliverable for customers.

Scrum Teams Can Be Inspired by Mother

Scrum Teams Can Be Inspired by Mother

Ever since I started working in Agile, I have been observing my wife's way of working and how she manages our kids' dynamic expectations. I keep seeing ways to correlate her methods to Agile.

Ten Things I Know About the Product  Owner

Ten Things I Know About the Product Owner

The role of the product owner is very important in Agile product development, especially in Scrum. Here I would like to give my perspective of the role of the product owner, based on my coaching and teaching Scrum to teams.

Lean Retrospectives

Lean Retrospectives

Retrospectives play a very important role, as they are that specifically planned time when the team talks about the feed-forward mechanism, looking at areas of improvements for forthcoming sprints.

Improving Company Culture Through Scrum Values

Improving Company Culture Through Scrum Values

Culture cannot be built. You can only focus on creating the right conditions for it to flourish. Culture plays a big part in how people perceive and go about their work, and it is a fundamental piece of a successful Agile transformation.

Do Not End Your Retrospectives with an Action Plan

Do Not End Your Retrospectives with an Action Plan

A team that commits to an action plan and then executes it could be continuously improving. However, such teams have mentioned to me that they feel that they don't improve or that their retrospectives aren't helping. What's going on?

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