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How Agile is a Scrum team?

Most teams I meet today are agile. Or, so they proclaim to be. All of these teams do Scrum, and that makes them agile. Doesn’t it? If I look back at the 12 practices the Agile ...
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Every Great Product Owner Needs a Great ScrumMaster

Summary The product owner and the ScrumMaster are two separate agile roles that complement each other. To do a great job, product owners need a strong ScrumMaster at their side. Unfortunately, ...
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Notes to students doing research about Agile

The dissertation/thesis writing season is approaching so I expect the recent set of questions from a student is the first of many. Actually they occur all year round but March to September ...
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Good Vs Evil

Posts about agile dying or becoming irrelevant come and go. God knows I’ve contributed to that movement. The latest wave started with Agile Manifesto signatory Dave Thomas, with “Agile ...
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Estimation by stuffing things into boxes

I’ve started using an approach for software project estimation that so far is proving to be fairly transparent, quick and reliable. I’ve observed that within a reasonable degree ...
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Design Your Agile Project, Part 1

The more I see teams transition to agile, the more I am convinced that each team is unique. Each project is unique. Each organizational context is unique. Why would you take an off-the-shelf ...
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A Template for Formulating Great Sprint Goals

Summary Working with sprint goals is a powerful practice. But many product owners and teams don’t leverage sprint goals or don’t apply them correctly: Sprint goals often state the ...
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Choosing a leader like an agilist

The leader as a captain I recently read Petri Kainulainen’s article on sharing leadership among team members and I am on the same wavelength in this regard, since the Agile methods ...
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Cost of Delay: Why You Should Care, Part 6

I’ve outlined five potential costs of delay in the previous five posts:The delay from not releasing on time, part 1 The delay from technical debt, part 4 The delay from
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Cost of Delay Due to Other Teams’ Delay, Part 5

Imagine you have a large program, where you have several teams contributing to the success of one business deliverable. You are all trying to achieve a specific date for release. One ...
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