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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.

How to Treat Unestimated Product Backlog Items

How to Treat Unestimated Product Backlog Items

What can ScrumMasters or product owners do when new items have been added to the backlog, but they haven't yet been estimated?

ScrumMasters: Embracing Soft Skills

ScrumMasters: Embracing Soft Skills

Being a ScrumMaster requires a complex and varied set of skills, including how to be a coach and facilitator, resolve conflicts, remove impediments and manage stakeholders. These are the topics that I’m going focus on here.

Ensuring Quality Through the Definition of Done

Ensuring Quality Through the Definition of Done

"Quality" is one of the most commonly used terms, and at the same time the most misunderstood. There is a great need to understand it, so let's try to explain quality and how we can ensure the quality of our products.

Spiritual Leadership

Spiritual Leadership

It may seem odd to discuss spiritual leadership here, but spirituality in the context of this article means to fully connect with oneself and realize one's deepest expression of being.

Engaging Retrospectives

Engaging Retrospectives

When feedback is a waste of time, those in the session tend to feel rejected, defeated, and hopeless. How do we create a healthy feedback session? Through engagement. Activity-based retrospectives will bring the team life and energy.

Tackling Challenges to Agile Test Automation

Tackling Challenges to Agile Test Automation

Test automation is key to Agile development. And being on an Agile team means that we are always addressing these questions: How far should we automate? What should not be included? How quickly can we develop, test, and deliver?

Treat Your Team Like a Horse

Treat Your Team Like a Horse

People who work with horses make better leaders, according to a Swedish study. I've found this to be true in my handling of Scrum teams, and here's why.

Retrospective of Retrospectives

Retrospective of Retrospectives

In looking at a series of team retrospectives, the data told me that the same issues were resurfacing after every other sprint. That is when I realized that the team should have a Retrospective of Retrospectives.

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