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Putting Security into Sprints

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To build a secure app, you can’t wait to the end and hope to “test security in”. For teams who follow Agile methods like Scrum, this means you have to find a way to add security into Sprints. Here’s how to do it: Sprint Zero A few basic security steps need to be included upfront in Sprint Zero:     ...

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The state of Scrum Mastering

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As most readers will have worked out, I’m not a fan of Scrum Masters. Partly this is because I find it a very mixed up roll to start with (see my “Hard Core Scrum” post), partly because the way individuals and organizations choose to interpret the role is so variable the title is meaningless but mostly because the Scrum Master ...

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Agile Newspeak

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Every time and again, I go back to the “4 ways that agile is declining post” to see if it is still relevant. I don’t get disappointed. Now that I am a full time agile coach, I’m in a kind of a fix. Agile has crossed the chasm, and scrum won as we all know. So people expect and want ...

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Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 2

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Now that you know what you expect from your Scrum Master’s job (the deliverables), and you know the essential and desirable skills (the first three tips), you can focus on creating the interview questions and audition. (If you have not yet read Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 1 for the first three tips, please do so now.) Tip ...

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Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 1

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People want to know the “secret sauce” for hiring Scrum Masters and agile coaches. I wish it was easy to provide a standard set of questions. Because your agile team is unique, your questions should be different. However, there are some common qualities, preferences, and non-technical skills among Scrum Masters. First, do a job analysis for your Scrum Master. I ...

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5 Things I’ve learnt being a scrum master

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I’ve been a scrum master now for about 6 months. Having been involved in scrum previously as a product owner, as well as a developer, moving into this role has really opened my eyes to some of the more political and arguably awkward elements of trying to get rid of impediments. Stay calm when others aren’t Something that I think ...

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From Scrum to Kanban

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This month marks one year from the time we switched from Scrum to Kanban. I find it is a good time for us to review the impact of this change. Our Scrum I have experienced two working environment that practice Scrum and still they are quite different. That why it may be more valuable if we start with sharing of ...

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Scrum Masters: What Makes a Good One?

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Yes, that’s right. I am writing a blog post today about Scrum and Scrum Masters. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I just realized that out of everything I’ve written about Agile and Scrum, I never talked about what makes a good Scrum Master. I’ve both been a Scrum Master and I’ve worked on a team with Scrum Masters and ...

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How Agile is a Scrum team?

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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 Manifesto is build on (short: the Agile practices) I conclude that Scrum values a subset: the planning game, on-site customer, small releases and whole ...

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