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Harvesting Agile Through an Attitude Shift

Harvesting Agile Through an Attitude Shift

Software development has been transforming since its beginning, and the quest to find the best model for development is ongoing.

​Innovation Days

​Innovation Days

As software teams, we have an innate desire to create new and exciting things about which we are passionate -- hence the reason most of us got into this work. As business leaders, we should provide opportunities to allow this creativity on the part of our teams.

The Need for the Scrum Manifesto

The Need for the Scrum Manifesto

Scrum is all about dealing with large and complex projects by increasing the productivity and the quality of the product. Unfortunately, when Scrum is applied to traditional software development teams, often it reduces the team's productivity rather than increases it.

Important Factors to Make Agile Transitions Successful

Important Factors to Make Agile Transitions Successful

We have to use a systematic approach to transform a team to Agile in all aspects of its values, principles, and ceremonies. Here are factors that will help sustain a transition once it kicks off successfully.

How to Effectively Engage and Work with Customers

How to Effectively Engage and Work with Customers

Teams have become increasingly aware of how important it is to properly embrace the Scrum framework. Nevertheless, there's one aspect that I believe hasn't been properly tackled by most teams: customer engagement in the context of the Scrum framework.

Self-Directed Teams: Finding Your Seat on the Scrum Bus

Self-Directed Teams: Finding Your Seat on the Scrum Bus

When you ride a bus, nobody assigns you a seat. You find your own way, sit where you like, and generally everything works out for the best. Think of building a team that way, and letting everyone find the place that's right for them.

Should the ScrumMaster Be the Team's Shield or on the Firing Line?

Should the ScrumMaster Be the Team's Shield or on the Firing Line?

There are two approaches a ScrumMaster can take when protecting the team. I think of the options as acting like a shield or being on the firing line.

QA Approaches in Agile

QA Approaches in Agile

Test engineers usually have to do many tasks and play different roles. Here is my list of ideas and practical cases that I have found useful for the QA member to consider.

How ScrumMasters Can Help with Project Estimation

How ScrumMasters Can Help with Project Estimation

ScrumMasters play an integral role in estimating the effort needed for projects. They help the product owner present accurate and realistic project details to customers.

Why Sizing Epics Is Not Much Different Than Predicting Snowfall Accumulation

Why Sizing Epics Is Not Much Different Than Predicting Snowfall Accumulation

As an Agile coach, I am always looking for analogies to better explain Agile practices. As I recently listened to the forecast of a severe winter storm approaching Philadelphia, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between predicting winter storm snow accumulations and estimating epics.

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