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Scrumming Agreements

Scrumming Agreements

Well-written team working agreements can ease friction among members in the early stages of team formation — especially if the team practices its new Scrum knowledge in order to form those agreements.

ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and the Cult of Personality

ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and the Cult of Personality

Your company is hiring a new ScrumMaster or Agile coach. You have the job description, and you have candidates who have the appropriate certifications. Now what?

Reasons to "Do" Agile: The Waterfall of Scrums

Reasons to "Do" Agile: The Waterfall of Scrums

Sometimes people are so eager in becoming Agile that they focus too much on the processes and tools, and they forget about the people and interactions. It's time to step back and be Agile rather than do Agile.

Scrum and Porter's Five Forces

Scrum and Porter's Five Forces

It is impressive how Michael E. Porter's Five Forces model is clearly about what Scrum aims to minimize by defending a key concept: agility.

Educators See Relationships Raise Results

Educators See Relationships Raise Results

Agile values helped Blueprint Education's leadership team meet a serious challenge while also building confidence and strengthening working relationships.  

Scientific Software Development and Agile

Scientific Software Development and Agile

The majority of scientific software development teams operate in disorganized and confusing environments. To help solve these problems, we customized Agile practices with the "three P's" and introduced a new role.

Are You Ready for This Agile "Thing"?

Are You Ready for This Agile "Thing"?

Many organizations feel that by bringing in a ScrumMaster and a coach, Agile adoption starts. This viewpoint is unlikely to lead to success.

Follow Agile Truly

Follow Agile Truly

We often preach that face-to-face communication is one of the primary values of Agile and that interaction is the key to success. However, we often fail to follow through on those values, and then we blame Agile for the failure that results.

Why You Should Refine Your Product Backlog Regularly

Why You Should Refine Your Product Backlog Regularly

Product backlog refinement is an important task that offers multiple benefits to the team. Here are some tips for doing it well.

Real Pair Programming

Real Pair Programming

Pair programming may not be for everyone, but every team can at least try it, because it has remarkable advantages. Here are some pros, cons, and ways to help make it work.

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