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Scrum Rituals versus Traditional Software Development Models

Scrum Rituals versus Traditional Software Development Models

The Scrum rituals . . . enhance the communication between team members and make problems surface in the initial stages rather than at the end of the development cycle.

Improve Your Sprint Review Technique

Improve Your Sprint Review Technique

Teams often conduct sprint reviews as though they are just another project status meeting. . . . There are better ways. In this article, I present how the PRINCE2 Quality Review technique can be tailored to deliver an effective sprint review.

Coaching by Line Managers: Is It Really Coaching?

Coaching by Line Managers: Is It Really Coaching?

Not too long ago, I came across the online coaching tutorial offered by one of the learning and performance support resources for the company where I served as a coach. . . . But as I progressed through the tutorial, something did not feel right.

Scrum and Obamacare

Scrum and Obamacare

Why did the federal and state governments, on something as high profile as health care reform, decide to use Waterfall, a risky 40-year-old process, to manage the delivery of health insurance exchanges?

Riding on the "Edge of Chaos"

Riding on the "Edge of Chaos"

The concept of "well-structured noise" is interesting. It introduces chaos in a system, taking it to a "far from equilibrium" condition. . . .

Trust -- the Real Agile Change Agent

Trust -- the Real Agile Change Agent

Over the years, I have heard just about every excuse imaginable as to why someone cannot do Agile. . . .

Agile Transformation Means Personal Transformation

Agile Transformation Means Personal Transformation

The real success of Agile is . . . a mind-set change. This won't happen just by imposing rules and regulations until the people working on the team feel the essence of it. How to transmit this essence and bring the best of Agile out in others is my discussion point.

Mapping and Costing Technical Debt

Mapping and Costing Technical Debt

Technical debt is a great analogy, because it takes a fairly complicated technical topic and creates an abstract analogy that is easily understood by anyone who's ever borrowed money. . . .

Power Play

Power Play

The irony is that Scrum projects eliminate the untenable role of a project manager. Does eliminating the role also imply that we can do away with the talents and responsibilities of a project manager?

An Insight into Joint Retrospectives

An Insight into Joint Retrospectives

This article talks about joint retrospectives -- why they are needed, who participates, when and where they are held, how they are handled, and their benefits and challenges.

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