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Agile Adoption Board

Agile Adoption Board

A few months ago, I coached a team as they began their journey from Waterfall to Agile. One technique I employed was an information radiator that I named the Agile Adoption Board. It worked out well, so I wanted to share the idea.

Living Through the Product Life Cycle with the Scrum Team

Living Through the Product Life Cycle with the Scrum Team

What makes the workplace happy will vary depending on the practices a Scrum team adopts during the product life cycle. I want to elaborate on two specific practices our team uses: discovery and team time, which are helping us live with the product better.

Effective Agile Retrospectives

Effective Agile Retrospectives

Of the Agile ceremonies, the one that is often treated as an afterthought is the retrospective. To actually make retrospectives useful and effective, I follow a few simple steps.

DevOps, the Rising Star

DevOps, the Rising Star

DevOps brings business and technologists together and allows communication and collaboration, closing the loop for feedback from all sides. Here is how and why I think it works so well.

How Velocity Became a Bad Word

How Velocity Became a Bad Word

During an interview with an employer, I spoke with an executive whose understanding of Agile was centered on velocity. I didn’t think much of it until I started working at the firm and realized that a majority of the executives had this focus. . . .

Differences Between Scrum and XP

Differences Between Scrum and XP

Scrum and Extreme Programming have a lot in common. What are some of their more important differences?

The "How Might We" Technique

The "How Might We" Technique

“How Might We . . . ” is a group brainstorming technique we have used for about six months to solve creative challenges.

How We Avoided the Mini-Waterfall Trap

How We Avoided the Mini-Waterfall Trap

While working on a new project, my enterprise data management team decided to try Agile sprints for delivery. Here's how we kept ourselves from falling into the trap of running recurring Waterfall sprints.

Time-Making Machine

Time-Making Machine

We all have to become masters at handling our time. Living the Agile values frees up our time so that we can make better choices about how to deliver more value for our customers, our teams, and our own satisfaction.

The 4 Rs of Agile

The 4 Rs of Agile

There are many important elements that contribute to a successful product delivery; however, here are four of the key elements that drive and nurture the incremental evolution of any product.

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