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The T-Shape Deception

I have never worked with a single person who mastered no more than a single skill. Every individual I worked with had the intrinsic capability to perform in more than one type of work. Every individual I worked with had the intrinsic ability to join forces with people that master other areas of expertise. Every individual is naturally T-shaped. Ultimately, people ...

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Creating opportunities to deliver value (as an Independent Scrum Caretaker)

I have wandered the fascinating realms of IT, technology and software development since graduating in 1992, except for the years of running a bookstore (1996-1999). I discovered an Agile way of working through eXtreme Programming and Scrum in 2003. It became my purpose, my belief and my core; spreading the Agile paradigm to help people create better products and humanize ...

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Kanban paradox: Kanban compared to Scrum

For a while now I’ve been seeing a paradox with Kanban. Specifically, Kanban compared to Scrum. For a team new to Agile – although some regard this as heretical I place Kanban under the Agile umbrella, yes I know its more about Lean than Agile but of cause Agile is itself a Lean method, anyway… For team, specifically a software ...

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Inside of the whirlwind (The third Scrum Wave)

Scrum is a simple framework that supports people in making the most of complex challenges. Organizations are re-discovering the sophisticated simplicity of Scrum. The third Scrum Wave is rising. Will you sink? Swim? Or will you surf? Shape the wave, shape the future? TALC – the Technology Adoption Lifecycle   The Technology Adoption Lifecycle (TALC) describes the adoption stages of ...

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Closed-loop feedback control with Scrum

Scrum is a simple framework to manage complex challenges. Software delivery is a complex challenge. Software delivery encompasses a multitude of complex activities to create and evolve complex products in complex circumstances. Scrum embraces and emphasizes the complexity of software delivery by implementing the only process type that fits its complexity, empirical process control. Complexity There are many variables that ...

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Scrum and universal truths

An update to the Scrum Guide will be released on 7 November 2017. In a webinar the principal co-creators of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, will introduce the changes relative to the previous update. The previous update was released on 6 July 2016 and encompassed the addition of the Scrum Values. Although language and words matter, I imagine the difficulty ...

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Focus on the Basics: The Art of Mastering Scrum

Strict adherence to the rules of Scrum can lead us astray. To master scrum, we must learn to unlearn. Focusing more on the principles than the rules is what makes truly effective scrum teams. Many software teams practice Agile development. Agile is simply a set of values and principles for software development. Its main aim is to make software teams ...

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4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

The Daily Scrum meeting is a common meeting for agile teams. But I still find that some product managers and owners aren’t sure if and when they should attend it. This post shares my recommendations on if, how often, and how you should participate in the Daily Scrum. Tip #1: Know what it’s all about The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes ...

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What are you defining as “Done”?

Agility is why most organizations adopt Scrum. The actual agility an organization achieves is rooted in how sophisticated Scrum is being employed. Beyond the mere adoption of Scrum, enterprise agility is much accelerated if the organization re-emerges its structures around Scrum. With re-vers-ify I remind people that structures need to be re-imagined, rather than predicted or copied, often upon re-imagining Scrum. Through ...

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